The types of roofing damage you’re going to experience with your roof largely depend upon the particular weather conditions that a storm brings to the region. Hail, lightning, and storms with wind damage are all standard. In terms of wind, some areas have a high concentration of wind while others have a low concentration. If the wind comes at an angle, it may blow over your roof instead of moving it.
Heavy winds often bring down hail into the attic or down around windows and doors. This debris then becomes airborne and needs to be removed quickly. Many people use a leaf blower to remove the debris from their roofs. However, if the debris is of significant weight, it will need to be removed by a professional. A roofing contractor can help you assess the extent of the damage, ranging from minor dings and dimples to large cracks and tears in shingles or tiles.
In terms of storm damage, there are a few different categories. Each category has its own method for addressing the issue. One option for addressing a damaged roof is a roof replacement. Another option is shingling repair. Yet another option is to repair or replace the roof completely.
Heavy rains, especially with high winds, do more damage to your roof than normal high winds do. When heavy rains come in, they cause roofing shingles to loosen and can blow off. As these pans and tiles flake and lift away from the house, moisture starts to collect in the gaps between the tiles and can start rotting them. This can lead to leaky ceilings, roof leaks and even caving in of the building, should the ground move enough to create such a situation.
The extreme heat and extreme cold also pose a huge threat to your roof. Roof leaks start out as small leaks that can get progressively worse as the day goes on. If severe storms or winds pick up, they can cause huge amounts of roof damage in a short amount of time. Shingles can lift off in the wake of a storm, leaving the roof vulnerable to breakage and the start of mold and mildew. While extreme cold can cause shingles to lift, this also leads to leaks and eventually can lead to freezing and chipping.
There are some signs that can give you an early warning of a leak or other problem. If you see small brown spots spreading across the roof, you may have a problem. As the spots spread, you can watch for dark lines going up and down the sides of the holes. If the spots are brown or dark brown, and they seem to be getting bigger, you may have leaks.
Hail can also damage your roofing materials and structure. Hail can easily chip shingles, leaving large holes. Hail is especially dangerous because it comes raining down so hard, it actually chips away from the roofing material. This means that there is a greater chance of the hail damaging your home entirely. It is extremely important to take serious precautions when it comes to hail damage. You can avoid large amounts of damage by taking steps to protect yourself from falling hail.
Wind speeds are another big concern with your roof. High wind speeds can easily damage your roof by flapping debris around. When you live in a region that experiences high winds, it is important to make sure your gutters are working properly and can handle the weight of the wet leaves and snow that can gather in the morning hours. The best way to do this is to inspect your gutters and to have them inspected by a professional once per year.