Harsh weather conditions are one of the leading causes of roof damage. High winds, debris, and heavy rain can wreak havoc on a roof that has not been properly maintained or cared for. In addition, the older the roof is, the greater the risk that a defect (e.g. rotting or cracking shingles) already exists which may facilitate roof damage from weather. Minor issues shouldn’t be ignored, as explained in the following text, because they can turn into major (and majorly expensive!) issues.
Wind damage typically affects the roof edges, corners, and the ridgeline, as well as areas of the roof that are already damaged or worn. These locations are where wind can most easily force shingles out of place by lifting shingles upwards, loosening the nails holding them in place. Because of the way that shingles are lain down, one or a few shingles ripping off can initiate a chain reaction that pulls up other surrounding shingles.
You can tell your roof has suffered wind damage if you spot missing shingles or thin, horizontal lines along which shingles have creased during the lift. High winds may also produce another risk for roof damage: debris!
Debris may be blown around by strong winds and cause severe damage to your roof. For instance, trees or tree limbs may break and fall onto your roof, puncturing the roof or destroying shingles. Other objects, like lawn decorations, umbrellas, or even furniture, can be picked up and deposited on your roof deck. It’s always wise to prepare for harsh weather by bringing in these items.
You may be able to spot roof damage from debris by visually identifying the debris on top of the roof or cracked shingles or infer roof damage from an accumulation of granules at the mouth of the gutter downspout which tends to be common.
Water damage is a real possibility if your roof isn’t properly maintained. A roof leak may cause damage regardless of its size. For example, if roof shingles are sufficiently worn by frequent, heavy rain, they may begin to curl or buckle. These defects may increase the risk of shingle breakage during high winds or hail, exposing the roof such that water may intrude. The water may proceed to damage electrical wiring, drywall, and certain flooring directly underneath the location of a leak, further costing you money and hassle (you’ll still need to repair your roof!).
If you suspect that a strong storm may have caused roof damage, you can check for obvious signs, such as missing shingles or a torn roof edge. These types of damage are easily visible and don’t take a trained eye to spot. Less obvious types of damage, such as torn shingles or hail damage, may require the expertise of a professional inspector. Make sure to call Done Rite Roofing Inc. if you find debris anywhere around your home, heard hail during the storm, or see damage on your roof.