Along with routine checks that are typically performed once or twice a year, you should also have your roof inspected before or after a storm. Storms can cause various types of roof damage, depending on the severity or specific elements that your home will be exposed to.
Storm damage can range from minor cracks or leaks to dangerous cave-ins or blow-offs. That said, residential and commercial roofers are united in recommending roof inspections immediately after a storm. You’ll never really know the extent of any problems unless you have a professional check your roofing.
In this post, Arrowhead Roofing discusses the various ways that storms can damage your roof. We also emphasize the importance of roof inspections.
How Can a Storm Damage Your Roofing?
Storms generally involve strong winds, ice or snow and sometimes even hail. These elements can affect your roofing in various ways, such as:
- Strong winds – Although you may not have to deal with winds similar in intensity to that of a tornado, extremely strong winds can still wreak havoc on your roofing. More specifically, they can blow shingles off your roof, leaving the exposed areas underneath vulnerable to damage. This can cause water to enter your home through weakened spots and consequently result in leaks, mold and insulation damage.
- Hail – Hailstones could be big or small, but sometimes the size is irrelevant to whether or not your roof suffers hail damage. With the right force, small hailstones may be enough to create dents on your roofing or metal flashing. Of course, damage to your metal flashing can cause problems later on in your roofing membrane, leading to leaks.
- Winter storms – Temperatures are often inconsistent during the winter, and this can be enough to cause cave-ins or other forms of damage. For instance, when water freezes in small corners, your shingles could crack or your gutters could burst.
Why Is a Professional Roof Inspection Important?
Storm damage can be difficult to assess, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. That’s why it’s best to hire roofing contractors who have a trained eye and are experienced in performing inspections safely and properly.
Remember that climbing onto your roof can be dangerous, especially after a storm. It would be best for your safety to leave this job to the experts. Furthermore, in case of damaged roofing, professionals can recommend the next steps to take in order to secure your roofing system.
Arrowhead Roofing is one of the most reliable residential and commercial roofing contractors in the area. We offer a complete range of roofing services and deliver quality workmanship for jobs of various sizes. Call us at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.