roof storm damage inspectionRoof 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.

Wind Damage

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.

Storm Debris

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.

Weakened Materials

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.

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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.

4 Comments

  • Hi, a colleague in my FB group shared this with me so I came to look it over.
    I’m definitely loving the info, cheers.

  • It’s good to know that storm debris can damage and puncture the roof of your home. There was a sizable storm in my area the other day, and I heard some debris hitting the roof of my house. I’ll be sure to have a professional come check my roof for any damages.

  • To me, it was interesting that storm damage from wind is often around the perimeter of the roof. Knowing this would be helpful, because you could point out to the professionals where you think the damage is. I’ll have to look more into storm damage roof repair and inspection.

  • Thank you for pointing out that roof storm damage isn’t always visible. My husband has been thinking about having a professional inspect the roof of our home after a big storm last week. It’s good to know that not all storm damage is visible.

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