When most people think of dangerous storms, they immediately think of tornados and hurricanes, but even a severe thunderstorm can cause serious damage. Remember, whatever Mother Nature dishes out, your roof winds up taking the brunt of it! Don’t underestimate the impact that storms, hail and severe weather can have on your roof.
Storms & severe weather
Every year, thunderstorms cause more property damage, injuries, and even deaths than tornados. Thunderstorms, in particular, become damaging and dangerous when large numbers of lightning strikes are present, large hail is falling, or a combination of both elements is occurring.
This does not mean that the threat of tornados should not be ignored. Even the least powerful forms of tornados can cause damage to the roofs of buildings. When powerful winds of any kind are present, the structural quality of the roof is in jeopardy. High winds can cause roof materials to be removed from a home or building.
Winds also cause flying debris to become a threat to the integrity of the roof. During thunderstorms and tornados, trees or tree branches often fall onto rooftops, causes mild to very severe damage. The wind produced by the tornado can also affect the connections between the walls and the roof of the house.
Impact from hail
Hail is one of the biggest weather-related culprits of roof damage, and YES we even get hail damage here in New Orleans. These are solid objects that can pelt your rooftop for a significant amount of time, wearing down the roof materials, and leaving substantial damage. Every year, hail is responsible for up to 1 billion dollars in property and crop damage.
If you experience a hailstorm, it is essential to assess your roof damage as soon as possible in order to quickly detect and weak areas or potential leaks that could lead to further damage. If the hail hitting your roof is over an inch in diameter, there is a good chance that the hail has caused some form of damage to the roof.
Once the storm is over, and it is safe to assess your property, there are a few signs of hail damage that can easily be identified. Look for dimples and dents in vents, rain gutters, and shingles. You may even spot shingles, or shingle edges, that have been completely removed from the roof. Look for areas of the roof where you can see the shiny asphalt layer that was once between the shingles and the roof boards.
Get repairs quickly
After any severe storm, it is always wise to have the roof professionally inspected for damage as quickly as possible. If damage goes unnoticed for too long, this can lead to leaks and other problems that will result in the need for much more costly repairs in the future.
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