What You Need To Know About Hail And Wind Damage
What you need to know
Have you ever wondered what kind of damage can be done to your roofing system after a big storm? Many things can happen including damage that compromises the integrity of your entire roofing system. After you and your family are safe from a bad storm that has passed, here are some things that you should be concerned about with your home and making sure it is still structurally sound.
Integrity of your roofing system
Your roofing system is the canvas that protects you and your family from hot summer days, cold winter nights, and bad summer storms. Making sure that your roof has not been compromised after a serious weather event should be one of the first things you do. Hail and high winds can do severe damage to your roofing system causing the integrity of your roof to be compromised. Here are some things that could occur to your roof: Loss of granules, hail weakening the seal between shingles, missing shingles from high wind speeds, hail impact marks, and hail battered vents on top of your roof.
Storm Damage Explained
Loss of Granules- Granules are added to a shingle to help protect the shingle from ultraviolet light. Once there is a significant loss of granules your shingle may be compromised. After a big storm look around for any granules on the ground as this might be the first sign of damage. You may see them on your patio or piled up beneath your gutter downspouts.
Hail weakening the seal between shingles- The sealant that seals and bonds shingles together may be weakened after a storm. This is significant because once the seal is weakened or broken your roof is much more susceptible to wind damage and leaks can occur from wind-driven rain.
Missing shingles- The shingle is what protects your home from all environmental changes. It creates a watertight seal that protects your roof and home from all types of weather. Missing shingles is not just a cosmetic issue, but a structural one that can compromise your roofing system and home. Missing shingles contribute to exposed nail heads and underlayment that can lead to serious leaks.
Hail Impact marks- Hail impact marks or hail bruises are the result of hail striking the surface of your roof. These marks or bruises can be significant enough to crack the substrate, or even penetrate the shingle, causing the integrity of the roof system to be compromised. You may be able to see these marks from the ground after a significant hail storm, but not always.
Hail battered vents- These vents are the ventilation for your roofing system, and many times take the brunt of hail impacts on your roof. These can often provide homeowners with early warning that something might have happened to their roof. If these vents look all banged up, there's a chance that your roof may have hail damage.
One more thing
As many of you know, bad weather can occur at a moments notice leaving us scrambling for what to do next, or who to call. On the flipside, a lot of people assume that just because the roof isn't leaking, that it's probably fine. Let me assure you, my team is professional, trustworthy, and highly trained for moments just like this. If you think that you have storm damage it would be my honor to assist you during the storm restoration process. We never charge for roof inspections, so don't ever hesitate to reach out if your curious about your roof's condition. l want to be your friend in roofing and I look forward to serving you and all your roofing needs.