A well-functioning roof is necessary for protecting your home, and it is also the part of your home most exposed and susceptible to danger during a storm. Severe storms can damage your roof in many ways, leaving your home exposed and vulnerable to even more problems.
Being informed about the risks might help you effectively protect your home.
Types Of Adverse Weather Conditions And Their Risks
Many types of weather conditions can cause serious damage to your roof. Here is some information about how severe weather can affect your roof.
High winds can cause serious damage to your roof. Here are some of the damages that high winds can cause:
- Gutter problem
- Missing shingles
- Gutter problems
High winds are powerful enough to remove shingles, exposing your roof deck to the elements. Your roof shingles can also suffer curled edges when wind-driven rain can break the seal that bonds them together.
High winds can cause overhanging tree limbs or branches to fall and damage your roof and property.
When there’s a hailstorm, your roof will most likely suffer dents or pockmarks. Once this happens, your roof no longer has a protective layer against rain and sun damage.
The chances of lightning directly coming in contact with your roof is very low, but the possibility of that happening during a hurricane does exist.
If lightning strikes your roof, it creates a hole, which might even go through your attic flooring and cause damage to your first or second floor.
The punctured hole leaves the interior of your home susceptible to water damage.
Crucial Steps To Take After A Storm
Performing a visual inspection after a storm occurs is very important. Check the ground, and look at the roof for signs of damage which includes missing shingles, missing gutters .e.t.v
For the interior of your home, check for signs of leaks. Your attic is the most likely area where a leak is bound to occur, so look there first. Keep an eye out for water spots on walls and ceilings, a sure indicator that water is seeping through damage to your roof.
During your inspection, keep in my mind that your safety is of utmost importance. Climbing on top of the roof is not advisable; rather, contact a qualified roofer to perform a close-up inspection.