Think your home is protected when a bad storm comes through town? If so, know that storms can cause a lot more damage than you think. Here are three ways that your roof can suffer after a storm.
The problem with hail damage is that it may not be immediately noticeable. When you think of roof problems, you may only think of real damage being when water is coming into your home. However, hail causes damage that weakens your entire roof and cause problems down the road.
The first thing you'll notice is the small damage spread across the entire surface. You may see small indentations where large pieces of hail impacted the roof at a high velocity. This is not just cosmetic damages since it weakens the roof as well. The impact of hail will actually cause granules to come off the roof, which shortens the life of the roofing material and can cause a leak. In some situations, shingles can even split in half while still being attached to the roof's surface.
It is worth having a roof inspection done after a hail storm since the damage may not be easy to notice on your own. If there is damage, contact a contractor that offers hail roof repair services.
Strong winds are capable of ripping shingles right off your roof. This will expose the roof deck underneath, causing water to get into your home and form a leak. While missing shingles are easy to identify from the ground, it is not the only problem to worry about.
Strong winds can also cause rain to get underneath the shingles, where it can form mold by being in a dark and shaded place. Gutters can become bent or broken, causing issues with drainage from your roof.
Another type of damage that won't be immediately noticeable is broken flashing. The flashing is what helps form a seal between your roofing material and anything that protrudes from it, such as a vent or chimney. Without flashing, water will be able to get underneath the roofing material where it meets an object. Strong storms can cause this flashing to be pulled back from your home, which creates an area where water can get into and find its way underneath your roofing material. From the surface everything may seem fine, but looking up close will identify problems where the flashing needs to be reattached.
Reach out to a roofing contractor for help repairing any damage caused by a storm.