With over 309 hailstorms last year, Nebraska had the 4th highest number of such incidences across all states. It’s safe to say that this is one of those categories you’d rather not be a top contender in. Aside from the sheer inconvenience and potential dangers that hailstorms come with, it’s a financial sink. Across the country, hail and wind caused more than $2.7 billion in damage with more than ten million properties being affected.
In 2019, Omaha has had two hailstorms within ten miles of the city center. The most recent storm on May 28th showered residents and properties with one inch balls of sleet and ice. While hail is not the most common form of precipitation, it is essential to protect your roof from the potential damage it can cause.
Hail-resistant roofing may seem like a no-brainer, and that’s because it is. These materials are simply the most effective way to prevent damage. The most robust option is slate, which is known for its heft and durability. Slate can last three times longer than shingles and offers a life expectancy from 50 to 125 years.
Homeowners should also consider metal roofing. Though the myth persists that metal roofing easily dents, metal shingles are actually more reliable than their asphalt counterparts. Another hail-resistant roofing option is cedar shingles, which are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Check Homeowners Insurance
Before a hailstorm strikes, you should have a comprehensive understanding of your homeowner’s insurance, and what exactly it covers. Common phenomena, such as hail, wind, and fire damage, are often covered in a policy. That way, you can get compensation for the necessary repairs after mother nature’s unfriendly visit.
The key is to document the extent of the damages. Having the foresight to take pictures of your roof before and after the incident can go a long way towards securing a successful claim. And don’t put something as simple as quickly snapping some shots on a to-do list. After finishing this article, go ahead and get this out of the way.
Invest in Storm Shutters and Impact-Resistant Windows
If you live in a place that regularly gets hail, you may want to weatherproof the rest of your home. Storm shutters and impact-resistant windows are robust solutions. They offer 24/7 protection and can even improve energy efficiency.
Taking the time to invest in high-quality shutters and windows can dramatically reduce your chance of damage. Insurance companies recognize this proactive initiative. As a result, they will often reward homeowners will lower insurance premiums.
While Omaha has an overall moderate risk of hail, it is hard to predict the quantity and severity of annual storms. While Omaha homeowners have only had two this year and one in 2018, there were 40 hailstorms in 2017 alone. Taking proactive steps to weatherproof your roof can make a dramatic difference when it comes to minimizing damage.
Get started with a call to Saalfeld Roofing at (402) 430-1554 today. For more than 75 years, homeowners across Omaha have trusted us when it comes to protecting their rooftops. We pride ourselves on the quality of our craftsmanship and won’t stop working until you are satisfied with the job.