Shingles armor your roof and protect it from environmental harms. When a storm hits, it brings high winds, rain, and sometimes hail. All of these things wreak havoc on your roof’s shingles. Here’s what you need to know about the effects of storms on residential roofing and why you should get it taken care of by professionals as soon as possible.
When the wind blows through, it gives your home a thorough beating. This includes the roof. Shingles tear and break. Shingles lift up. Shingles rip off. The wind has no mercy on your roof. When shingles dislodge due to wind, it leaves the surface of your roof compromised. Replacing missing or damaged shingles right away is imperative to avoid further roof damage. When the integrity of the shingles is compromised, your roof is highly vulnerable to leaks, which will in turn lead to more wide-spread and costly damage.
When a storm bombards your home with hail, the roof suffers. Just like wind, hail can loosen and damage shingles. Unlike wind damage, hail damage is sometimes difficult to detect and requires a closer inspection. When hail pelts shingles, it leaves pockmarks. These indents shorten the life of the shingle. If your shingles are asphalt (the most common), hail impacts can strip off the granules and soften or crack the shingles. This changes the structure and lessens their ability to protect the roof.
After a bad storm, it is important to get a roof inspection and have any shingle damage repaired immediately. Shingles that are broken, lifted, missing, or impacted can leave spots on your roof susceptible to leaks and further damage. Often, storm damage is hidden and can only be discovered by a close inspection. With a kink in your roof’s armor (or several) your home is vulnerable. Leaks can lead to structure damage, rot, and mold.
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