Distant Thunderstorm

Types of Storm Damage to Roofs

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for the possible damage that spring storms could cause to your roof. High winds and hail are usually the most common culprits when it comes to storm damage. Healthy shingles make it possible for rain and debris to roll off the surface of the roof. When shingles are damaged it compromises the ability for water to flow down to the gutters, thus resulting in further damage. 

curling shingles from full gutter

Roof Damage Caused by High Winds:

One of the effects of high winds on your roof is shingle curling. This occurs when winds peel up the end of a shingle separating it from the underlayment. This creates exposed space to where winds can peel the shingle off further, possibly to the extent of completely removing the shingle. This, as a result, leaves your roof unprotected. 

Not replacing curled or missing shingles leaves your roof exposed to the elements. Even one damaged or missing shingle could promote rain from properly cascading down your roof. Rain not being redirected can cause leakage or pooling water, and this can result in additional damage to the roof, as well as possible interior damage. 

holding hail pellets

Roof Damage Caused by Hail:

Depending on the size, hail can be destructive to anything that is within direct contact with it. When it comes to your house, your roof is the first line of defense to hail’s detrimental causes. Hail can result in divots to the shingles on your roof that promotes little collections of water. Pooling water accelerates the rate of erosion to the surface of the shingles on your roof. Once the rough top layer of the shingle is depleted, the shingle isn’t able to protect the surface of a roof as well. 

As long as you are aware and pay attention to the possible dangers to the roof of your house, maintaining a healthy roof becomes easier. Make sure to get your roof inspected every 3 to 5 years to help prevent these subtle forms of damage from creating more expensive and disastrous problems.

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