You can look at the weather on the internet and know when a storm is coming, but you cannot tell just exactly what sort of damage is going to be done by it. While there may not be anything you can do to prevent damage from occurring due to a storm, you should know what sort of damage to expect. Even when you know that a storm is doing damage, you may not be able to even see what sort of repairs are going to be needed after the storm has passed. It could be something as simple as a small repair, or it could mean replacing your entire roof. Below you can discover how to know what sort of damage has occurred and how you should proceed.
How Storm Damage Can Affect Your Roof
For the most part, roofs are most commonly damaged by wind, hail, falling trees and wind. However, the range of storm damage can truly vary. Let’s talk about some of the most common issues we see in roofs after a storm occurs.
- Wind can blow shingles off your roof. This will leave your roof vulnerable to water intrusion. When water is able to seep into your home, it can cause major damage to the decking below, causing it to rot. Even if only a few of your shingles are blown off, you can definitely experience major damage to your home. Don’t think for one moment that simply nailing shingles back down will fix the issue.
- Hail can smash into the top of your house, stripping the granules off your shingles. Your granules protect your roof from UV rays. Without these granules your shingles will begin to prematurely age, resulting in them cracking or falling off. This again, will allow for water to reach your decking, leading to rot.
- Falling trees can cause damage to the roof’s structure. If a tree falls, it can easily poke holes in the roof. This will open your home up to water and damage by wind if the storm is still going strong. If the damage is small and localized to a certain area, it is likely that a small repair can fix the issues. On the other hand, if the tree has visibly harmed multiple parts of your roof or a full tree has fallen on the house, we would recommend that anyone inside the home leaves immediately and does not return until the structure is clearly safe.
Looking At The Damage
The most common issue that comes from storm damage is water leaking into the home. We would suggest that after any intense storm, you head up to your attic and see if you can find anything wrong with your roof from this vantage point. You will primarily be looking for water seepage and it will be fairly obvious if it exists. Many times, you will know before you ever get up to the attic if there is a problem as there will often be a big water stain on your ceiling. On the other hand, there is some damage that you may not be able to identify. Therefore, if you suspect you have water leaking in your home, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately.
Hiring A Roof Contractor
It is likely that you are going to want to keep your options open when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor in your area. On the other hand, having a roof that protects your home is important and therefore, you can’t be too particular in choosing a company to complete your repair. If you need a roofer you can trust, you don’t need to call around. Instead, you should call the experts at BulletROOF®. We can complete the repairs in no time and give you a great price in addition. Call today to learn more!