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Charlotte roofing contractors often need to replace multiple roofs in a neighborhood after a storm that had hail. The effect that hail has on a roof varies depending on the material that is used to construct it. With asphalt shingles, hail damage usually results in cracked shingles, missing shingles and shingles that have pulled up off the decking material. Metal roofs on the other hand have a proven record of providing protection without chipping due to hail. Metal roofing material is able to provide the same level of protection when it is new as when it is multiple years old. This is not the case with asphalt shingles, which become soft and brittle as they age.

Most metal roofs have a UL 2218 class rating for impact resistance. This means that they have the ability to survive a strike by a two-inch steel ball from 20 feet away without splitting or breaking apart. This is significant since most natural roofing materials cannot pass this test. Some insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance for homes that are roofed with materials that have the class rating.

The roofing contractors from Southern Home Services of Charlotte NC would be happy to answer questions about roof repairs or fiber cement siding.

However, just because metal roofs are strong does not mean that they are impervious to hail damage altogether. After a hailstorm, homeowners should perform a visual inspection of the roof. Two types of damage that can occur to the roof. These are cosmetic damage and structural damage. Cosmetic damage may include light denting or scratching of the roof. Often times, homeowners will ignore this type of damage, especially if their roof has a high-quality finish.

Structural damage would include broken trim and flashings that have opened. These issues should be addressed immediately by a professional roofer, as they will lead to leaks and eventually to mold growth. Repairing a damaged roof is often as easy as capping over the damaged shingle panel with new panels.

In addition to providing protection against hail, metal roofs hold up better to high winds than their asphalt counterparts. Since metal is completely noncombustible, it can protect the home from external fires. Metal has an innate resistance to fungus and mildew growth. In addition, metals like aluminum and stainless steel have a natural resistance to corrosion.

An added bonus of metal roofs is that they are environmentally friendly. The majority of metal roofs are made from recycled roofing material and can be recycled once they have reached the end of their life cycle.

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