How Storm Weather Has a Direct Impact on Your Roof
You always know when a storm is headed your way, but you have no idea what type of damage it can potentially cause to your roof. While you can't do much to prepare your roof, you can familiarize yourself with what type of damage can occur based on the type of weather that the storm brings with it. Here's what you need to know about your roof and rain, wind, and hail:
Rain and Your Roof
As a general rule, rain doesn't do too much damage to your roof. The only time that it will is if there is already something defective with it, which will result in water intrusion. After a rain storm, interior water damage will be something that you will want to look for. However, it may not be immediately noticeable that damage has occurred after a rain storm. For example, missing shingles aren't always apparent or that water has made its way under improperly installed flashing. In many cases, once the damage is noticeable, problems that have previously been overlooked may have already grown into more extensive roof problems. This is one reason why a professional should take a look at your roof after a storm if you suspect even the slightest problem or none at all.
Wind and Your Roof
Wind has the potential to blow your roof's shingles right off. When this happens, your roof is vulnerable to water infiltration. Water can begin to seep into the underlayment that has become damaged, then the decking below will likely start rotting. Even if the shingles don't blow off, fallen shingles can result in water damage. Though it may seem like it, nailing the shingles back onto the roof won't work because the decking has already been damaged. This is why a full inspection after a storm is so important because the underlayment and decking is usually damaged, rather than only the shingles.
It is important to keep in mind that shingle loss doesn't necessarily equate roof replacement. It will depend on the extent of the water damage, the overall number of the lost shingles and the age of the roof.
Hail and Your Roof
As hail comes down onto your roof, it can cause the granules of your shingles to come off. This may not seem very important, but those granules actually help protect your roof from the UV rays put off from the sun. UV rays cause shingles to prematurely age, which results in their vulnerability to cracking, blowing off and permitting water infiltration.
The fewer granules that are on your shingles, the lower its overall protection against UV rays will be. This will lead to the quicker aging of your roof and the need for its replacement. Insurance adjusters will see how many times your roof has been hit by hail per 100 square feet to see if a roof replacement is warranted or not.
After a storm, it can take time for a professional roofer to make their way to your home for an inspection. If this happens, tarp your roof to minimize any further damage. If you have any questions about storm damage, feel free to contact us.
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