How Storms Can Damage Roofs
Storms can damage the roof in several ways. The most common sources of damage are high winds, rains, hail, and falling debris. These can cause shingle damage, it can worsen the leaks in the house or roof, and heavy rains can cause water to pool. Sometimes storm damage is pretty obvious like water spots on the ceiling and missing roof shingles. After strong damage to your roof, it’s important to check your roof and air leaks in the attic. An inspection of your roof and home after a storm is a must. How Storms Can Damage Roofs
Check Your Roof After The Storm Damage
You can check your roof after storm damage by following these steps ;
- Check the ground if you can see any visible damage
- Look for peeling or missing flashing
- Check if any shingle has been blown out or broken apart
- Check inside your home for any leaks
Leaks may appear first in an attic so be sure to check your attic first. If any water spots can be seen it’s a sign that your home roof has sustained damage in a storm.
- Check for hail damages(dents or dimples) in shingles
These steps can help you know about your roof being damaged by storms.
Some of the biggest and most dangerous damage is caused by wind storms. Hurricanes, tornados, and even thunderstorms can cause wind damage to your roof. Strong winds blow off every individual shingle, and even a single missing shingle can cause air leaks on the roof. And not only shingles, but storms can also blow off the whole roof. Debris can fall onto your roof and can cause damage. It is caused due to different pressure above and below the roof, the difference in air pressure causes lift as the roof is pulled towards the low-pressure zone.
Signs Of Wind Damage Includes
- Missing shingles
- Visible granule loss
- Loose debris
- Visible water infiltration
When hail reaches about 1 inch in diameter most of the roofing material begins to sustain damage. This type of damage usually is either pockmarks or small dimples on shingles. Hail can cause dents and holes in the roof. Hail can also break shingles or tile around the edges. Larger hail can cause larger and more dangerous damage. Metal roofs are the most weather-resistant type of roof but heavy hail can also cause a dent in the metal roof. Performing a thorough inspection after a hail storm is a must; it can help you avoid the common pitfalls that come along with hail roof damage.
Sign Of Hail Damage
- Missing shingles
- Clogged or broken gutters
- Ice Dams
- Visible attic issue
Lastly, rain damage is the most common and one of the most noticeable of all types of storm damage. Water is a lifelong enemy of your roof.
Sign Of Rain Damage
- Water Leaks in the home
- Structural Damage
These signs indicate that your home roof needs to be replaced.