Your roof is built to withstand the elements and constantly protect your home against weather. However, there are times that storms are more than your roof can handle, causing it to incur damage that compromises its ability to protect. This damage must be assessed and addressed by residential or commercial roofers so that your roof can continue to serve its purpose.
In this post, Arrowhead Roofing discusses commonly missed signs of storm damage to your roof and why you should know about them.
During strong storms, wind can cause unseen damage to your roof in several ways. One of the most commonly missed forms of wind damage is its effect on the structural integrity of your roof. Strong winds can easily lift the edges of shingles and weaken their adhesion, making them loose and allowing water infiltration. If the already-weakened shingles are not replaced or repaired, a relatively strong storm can peel them all off in one go. Strong winds can also weaken your roof by straining its structural support — a problem that can easily be overlooked since the inner structure of your roof is not visible from the ground. Since wind creates damage through pressure and force, look for signs of lifting on your shingles and unnatural cracks or deformations in your roof’s structural support.
There are many ways storm damage can remain unseen, and moisture accumulation is one of the more commonly overlooked symptoms. Some types of leaks can’t easily be seen, and they tend to seep into your roof and damage the materials and structures inside. Underlayment, for example, can’t easily be inspected by those who don’t have the necessary skills to find storm damage. However, there are ways to monitor and detect unseen damage, like using a moisture-reading device or looking for signs of mold or wood rot. It’s always best to have professional roofing contractors inspect your roof.
Flying Debris Damage
Damage from flying debris may also go unseen if you don’t know the signs to look for. During strong storms, rocks, branches and other debris can be swept up by the wind and hurled onto your roof. If the debris is heavy or sharp enough and there’s enough force accompanying it, it can easily dent or penetrate your roof and compromise the material. Look for dents, cracks and holes in your roof, and hire a storm damage specialist to address them.
Arrowhead Roofing is one of the few residential and commercial roofing contractors that is GAF-certified. Through our comprehensive services, you can be sure your roof is being handled by industry professionals. Request a roofing quote by filling out our contact form or contacting us at (918) 743-9257.