How Storms Can Affect Your Roof
During a storm, your roof is the first thing that protects your home from the elements. Most people know that extreme weather conditions may damage your roof, but did you know that damage to the structure of your roof can be unnoticeable when it happens gradually? If you don’t inspect your roof regularly, there are multiple elements that may have already damaged your roof in ways you haven't noticed.
High Winds Damage Shingles
When storms are accompanied by high winds, they have the greatest potential to damage your roof. Wind can loosen or remove shingles, and fallen shingles can expose older shingles underneath or create leaks in your roof. Even if no shingles are pulled from the roof by the wind, they can still become worn down and damaged. If you notice missing shingles on your roof, it is best to have them replaced as soon as possible.
Missing or Cracked Shingles Expose Your Roof to Rain Damage
Most roofs can generally withstand heavy rain, but if shingles are cracked or missing, the roof’s defense against water is weakened. Damaged roof shingles exposed to water can cause leaks, further damage, or even mold growth. If you notice water stains or warping on your ceiling, this tells you that your roof tiles are leaking.
Hail Can Fracture Shingles
Hailstorms are an extreme weather occurrence that often create a lot of damage, and your roof is no exception. If hailstones create fractures in your shingles, they can weaken the structure of the entire roof. Hail can also dislodge the granules on shingles that protect them from rain and sun, making them more susceptible to damage.
Lighting Causes Major Damage
Lighting damage to roofs is more common than one might think. If your home is struck by lighting, it can create a hole in the roof’s structure, damaging shingles and the supporting structure, as well as allowing rain into the house. Lightning can cause damage to your roof even if it doesn’t hit it by knocking trees over that may land on your house.
How to Tell if a Storm Has Damaged Your Roof
After a storm, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for any damage in order to prevent further damage or leaks that will end up costing you money. If a storm is serious enough that you need to file insurance claims, the sooner you document the damage the better. Check your yard and for shingles or flashing and visually inspect your roof for fallen, dented, or bent shingles. You can also check your eavestroughs for pieces of shingles, roofing nails, or shingle granules. These are all signs that your roof has been damaged enough to warrant repair.
Whether you have a professional inspect your roof or want to do it yourself, roofs should be visually inspected twice a year. The more familiar you are with the condition of the roof, the easier it is to distinguish storm damage from normal wear and tear. If you are concerned about storm damage to your roof, contact Asonic Roofing for a free estimate on your roof repair!