3 Ways Weather Conditions Cause Roof Damage
Roof damage is most commonly caused by severe weather conditions. Roofs that are not properly maintained and cared for can be damaged by high winds, debris, or heavy rain. Additionally, the more prone a roof is to developing a defect (e.g. Roof damage can be caused by weather, such as rotting or cracking of shingles. Minor problems should not be ignored. They can become major (and very expensive!) issues.
Wind damage usually affects roof edges, corners and the ridgeline. It also damages areas that are damaged or worn. These are the most vulnerable areas for wind to force shingles off their place. Wind can lift shingles up and loosen the nails that hold them in place. A chain reaction can occur due to the way shingles are laid down. One or two shingles may be ripped off and pull up surrounding shingles.
If you notice missing shingles, or horizontal lines where shingles have been creased from the lift, your roof may be damaged. Debris can also cause roof damage in high winds.
Strong winds can blow debris around and cause serious damage to your roof. Trees or limbs could break and fall onto your roof, puncturing or destroying shingles. You can also pick up other objects like umbrellas, lawn decorations, and furniture to place on your roof deck. These items are a good way to be prepared for any weather.
Roof damage can be identified visually by inspecting the debris and cracked shingles. You might also be able to identify roof damage caused by an accumulation of granules near the gutter downspout. This is a common problem.
If your roof isn’t maintained, water damage can be a real threat. No matter how small the roof leak is, it can cause serious damage. Roof shingles may curl or buckle if they are subject to excessive rain. These defects can increase the likelihood of shingle breaking in hail or high winds , exposing the roof to water so that it may get inside. Water can cause damage to electrical wiring, drywall and flooring underneath the leak. This could further increase your costs and inconvenience).
You can look for signs such as missing or torn roof edges if you suspect that strong storms may have caused roof damage. These types of damage can be easily seen and are easy to spot with a trained eye. Professional inspectors may be needed to inspect for less obvious damage such as hail damage or torn roofing shingles. Reggie Reed Roofing is the best place to go if you see debris around your house, hear hail, or have damage to your roof.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best Clearwater Commercial Roofing. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.