How Storms Can Damage Your Roof
Your roof has a pretty important job to do. It's your first line of defense against the elements and critical to the overall integrity of your home. However, the weather is your roof's most powerful enemy. From snowstorms to high winds to hail, storms can be incredibly damaging to your roof.
Usually hail is not something that you can miss—it is typically a widespread weather event in a neighborhood and not isolated to just one house on the block. We've all seen broken windows, dented car hoods, cracked siding, crushed plants, and even some missing roofing shingles. Hail can bruise a shingle causing an indentation that may be hard to see but that can crack the shingle allowing water to infiltrate over time.
Regardless of the roofing material you use, hail can create small cracks in the shingle and weaken the roof as a whole. Over time, this can lead to larger cracks and tears. In addition, depending on how big the hail was and the intensity of the storm, sections of your roof could have been weakened during the storm. Always call for a professional inspection following a hailstorm.
Check for signs of damage:
- Missing Shingles: Look for gaps in the pattern or pieces of exposed roof. You may also see shingles on the ground near your home.
- Damaged Shingles: Check for shingles on your roof that are curled, buckling, dented, or cracked.
- Build-up in gutters and downspouts that have collected loose asphalt granules. Flashing and downspouts that are dented, hanging, or missing.
Rain is water, and water is wet. Your roof is regularly exposed to these kinds of conditions and after a while, that water will eat away at your once pristine roof. High winds can tear and remove shingles, leaving the roof deck, underlayment or old shingles from a previous roof exposed to the elements. Wind can also lift and curl shingles by breaking the seal that bonds them together, leaving your roof vulnerable to wind-driven rain.
Have you noticed any mold or fungus inside your home or on your roof? Are your heating and cooling costs higher than your neighbors? This could be a sign of a bad roof.
Check for signs of damage:
- All Shingle Roofs: Missing, cracked, or curling shingles.
- Composition Shingles: Granule buildup in gutters.
- Wood Shingles or Shakes: Rotting and mold.
- Flat Roofs: Cracks, tears, or surface bubbles/wrinkles.
Choosing the Right Roofer for You
After any storm, there will be fly-by-night outfits going door to door and claiming they are legitimate roofing companies. Most of the time, they do the work quickly and get out of town even faster before you have a chance to address any issues or problems, leaving you little recourse if there is a problem. Always ask to see their business licenses, proof of insurance, certifications, permanent business address, and Better Business Bureau rating.