Every year, hail causes billions of dollars of damage to homes in the United States. Storm damage, in general, accounts for a large portion of insurance claims and costs can add up if not addressed quickly. Hail of all sizes is cause for concern, especially when paired with debris, high winds, and tree branches. While most homeowners’ insurance policies make provisions for storm damage, coverage will vary widely between carriers and locations, so it’s a good idea to maintain your roof’s condition to minimize hassle and replacement expenses. RoofMaxx offers effective preventative maintenance for homeowners to affordably improve the resilience, flexibility, and permeability of their shingles. The following details explain exactly how RoofMaxx prevents hail damage to asphalt roofs.
Common Hail Damage
Roof damage may be difficult to detect at first glance. Downed branches and broken shingles are clear signs, but less obvious indicators can easily be overlooked by an untrained eye. Begin by inspecting your gutters and downspouts for dents and dings. Chances are if they’ve been affected, your roof has been, too. Also, decks and siding are great places to check for signs of impact. Keep an eye out for excess shingle granule loss which will accumulate in or near gutters. As hail gets larger, so does the severity of its effects, and anything approximating 2 inches will severely bruise, crack, and degrade asphalt shingles.
Benefits of RoofMaxx
Old shingles are exposed to a variety of environmental pressures, from extreme heat and cold to storms and all sorts of critters. Over time, they lose their original resistance and protective capabilities, which can unfortunately lead to mold, leaks, and compromised structural integrity. Fortunately, RoofMaxx’s award-winning Soy Fusion technology makes it easy for homeowners to affordably extend the life and enhance the durability of their asphalt shingle roofs. In fact, Ohio State University recently conducted primary research on the efficacy of RoofMaxx treatments. They concluded that a single application significantly improved shingle waterproofing, flexibility, granule adhesion, permeability, and hail impact resistance in part by reducing the effects of thermal shock.
Shingles often become dry and brittle after years of repeated heating, cooling, and weathering. Also, because hail is so dense and travels at high speeds, its impact can leave severe visible dents in shingles which reduces their resilience to future events. Roof Maxx is shown to increase shingle elasticity, thereby making them more impact resistant now and in the future. The Ohio State study showed that the average hail depression deceased by about 24% for treated shingles, effectively reversing the weathering and aging process which normally leads to roof replacement.
The treatment is also shown to enhance the overall flexibility of asphalt shingles. This is important, as roof materials experience incredible changes in directional pressure exerted by windstorms. RoofMaxx applications improve wind resistance by restoring critical natural oils lost during seasonal wear and tear.
Asphalt shingles are embedded with stone and mineral granules to minimize sun exposure and algae growth. However, hail and other elements can lead to excessive granule loss which ultimately limits their effective lifespan. Roof Maxx significantly improves granule adhesion “to levels close to those of new shingles.” Ohio State University found a decrease of almost 50% in displaced granules of treated shingles compared to control groups.
Roof Maxx also reduces water vapor permeability in asphalt shingles. Tests show that RoofMaxx treatments decrease old shingles’ permeability by about 60%. This means they are able to withstand more moisture per square inch, allowing less precipitation to be absorbed and instead force it to drain away from the home.
Hail damage is a major concern for many homeowners. Roofs take the brunt of the pressure, so it’s imperative that they are in good condition before a storm brews. If you’re interested in extending the lifespan of your roof, we encourage you to reach out with questions or for a free assessment today.