Recovering from Hail Storm Damage to Your Garden Recovering from Hail Storm Damage to Your Garden

What You'll Need
Pry bar
Work boots
Roofing tar
Marking pen
Roofing nails
Claw hammer
Shingle trimmer
Roofing shingles
Rubber-soled shoes

Hail storm damage can be very severe and it may cost you lots of money to repair. It is estimated that every year hailstorms cause thousands of dollars in damage. Hailstorms can damage your home, garage, garden, patio, deck, shed and even your vehicle. If you have a structure in your garden and you notice that a hailstorm has damaged its roof, then you will need some tools as well as a new box of roofing tiles to repair the damage. Keep in mind that the bigger the hailstones, the greater the damage they are most likely to cause.

Step 1 – Checking the Roof

Before you start repairing, make sure that the damaged roof is dry. This will take approximately a week from the day of the hailstorm. Place your ladder firmly on one of the outer walls of your home. Keep in mind also that the ladder is fully extended and that the shelf and the side spreaders are locked securely.

Step 2 – Analyzing the Damage

Climb onto the roof to analyze the damage. Make sure that you make a thorough inspection of the damage by writing down on a piece of paper the location of the damage and the number of shingles. Use a marker to mark each damaged and broken shingle with a number which require replacement. Make sure that you write down the numbers on the paper too.

Step 3 – Removing the Shingles

Start repairing the damaged roof by using the pry bar to lift the edges of adjacent roofing shingles which are not broken. Lift the tiles slowly so that you can remove the damaged tiles easily. Remember to bend the sides of those unbroken tiles in a backward direction to remove all broken pieces and nails.

Step 4 – Replacing the Shingles

Replace the broken shingles which you have removed with new ones. Remember to start the installation of new shingles at the most lower part of your roof. Fix the new shingles with nails in the space of the broken shingles. Use a shingle trimmer to trim the edges so that they fit properly in the space. Keep putting new tiles in place until you finally reach the upper part of the roof. Remember to use some roofing tar to fix every shingle firmly in place. Cut 2 inches off the rear edge of every shingle and place it into the space so that you make sure that they fit properly.

Additionally, ensure that the bottom sides of each shingle is even with that of adjacent ones. If you find an uneven edge, cut off an extra bit until it finally fits. Let everything dry thoroughly for a minimum of 24 hours and then climb back on the roof to check that all the damage has been duly repaired and that you left nothing out.


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