Daily wind and rain can test your home’s exterior, but what about when the weather turns a bit more powerful? Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can pack a powerful punch to even the most well-constructed structures. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense from rain, hail and wind, so what kind of damage can these events do?
Winds from hurricanes and tornadoes can bring tremendous damage. Over time, everyday winds can break down the seal that holds shingles down. When an event like a hurricane or tornado happens, they can easily lift off old and weathered shingles, exposing your roof to accompanying water, hail and gusting debris.
One of your roof’s main functions is to keep you dry from falling rain. However, this doesn’t mean they’re fully waterproof. Over time, rain will weaken shingles and wear down other elements of a roof. A big rain event like a severe storm can dump a lot of water on your home in a short amount of time. If there is existing damage, moisture can seep in and cause structural damage to your home. If the problem is left for long enough, it can cause rot and mold, which can really affect your family’s health.
Hail damage can be difficult to spot because the signs aren’t always obvious. On the surface, your roof could appear fine, but damage can be underneath the surface. After a hail storm, you’ll want to check your roof. Obvious signs of hail damage is a pattern of dents or cracks on the surface of shingles. If nothing is obvious on the roof, check your metal components like chimneys, gutters and vent pipes. Hail damage to shingles can cause cracks at the point of impact which can lead to water damage. Damage can also occur to the fiberglass mats, which may or may not be noticeable.
If you believe you have roof damage from a recent storm in the Huntsville, Pensacola or Spanish Fort areas, give the professionals at Ridgeline Construction a call. If the damage is severe enough that we determine an insurance claim is necessary, we’ll provide all the necessary documentation for proof of damage. Start the process online today or give us a call at (256) 325-1345.