Roof storm damage isn’t always visible, especially from the ground. Even if a storm didn’t pelt the roof with a volley of hail or a deluge of rain, it doesn’t mean you should ignore the possibility. Here are the top 3 reasons owners should get a roof storm damage inspection after a hail or thunderstorm, and especially after a tornado or hurricane.
When wind moves across a roof certain areas are more susceptible than others. Wind causes problems when it moves materials. It can shift shingles or even the membrane beneath them. Consequently, the perimeter of the roof is very vulnerable. The National Roofing Contractors Association states it is where most wind damage occurs.
The wind pushes the edge of the shingles up and loosens them, moisture gets in, and the wind has more to grab on to. The roofing continues to lift with each wind and eventually, it exposes the insulation.
Unfortunately, the damage grows with each wind cycle and homeowners don’t notice until they see an obvious sign such as a leak in their home.
While storms rarely tear off roofs except in the most extreme circumstances, they do pummel rooftops with everything they pick up along the way. Tree branches, trash, and even shards of glass can rake the roof surface and compromise its integrity. Debris can puncture, cut, dislodge, or tear off roofing components.
Debris also prevents proper water flow. It can cause water to pool on the surface instead of flowing off the roof and into the gutters. Water then seeps under the roofing materials and into your home.
Storms don’t always leave obvious signs of damage. HAAG Engineering, an industry leader in roof education and testing, suggests subtle damage can cause sizable losses, particularly after a tornado or hurricane. The roof is particularly susceptible to damage since it is the highest building component and wind pressures increase with height. Tim Marshall of HAAG states “catastrophic damage is easy to recognize, the more subtle signs of building distress are not.”
Fortunately, HAAG offers certification for roof inspectors. Graduates study roof structure, materials, and how to recognize the subtle signs of storm damage. They also know the proper way to repair them.
Many homeowners do not give their home’s roof a thought until something’s wrong. Obviously, this isn’t the wisest course if you want your roof to last and you also want to avoid expensive water damage.
In the Greater Atlanta area, contact The Roof Clinic. We offer HAAG certified roofing inspections, strong ties to insurance companies for claims, and the proper equipment and personnel for repairs if needed. We can also suggest quality materials that resist storm damage when your home needs a roof replacement. Some insurance companies offer a discount for wind or hail resistant shingles.