As a homeowner, it is crucial to understand the different types of damage that can affect your roof. Whether it is storm related or just natural aging, this knowledge is key to identifying issues early and addressing them promptly.
While most homeowners never step foot on a roof, we are here to help you understand what storm damage is and why it’s important to address any issues found during a roof inspection!
Let us explore how Wind, Hail and Aging can impact your roof.
Take a look at what you can learn from this article:
Wind damage often manifests as missing, lifted, or creased shingles. This type of damage can start small but escalate quickly, as lifted shingles make it easier for wind to get underneath and cause more creasing or tearing. After a strong windstorm, damage may have occurred but goes unnoticed or ignored until future issues arise such as leaking or shingles having completely blown off.
When a shingles seal is broken from a windstorm, this allows water to seep under that shingle which can then get under the Underlayment and eventually cause leaks within the home.
Hail can be particularly damaging, leaving behind dents and bruises on shingles. It can also be hard to spot to the untrained eye.
These impacts compromise the shingles’ integrity, making them more susceptible to future damage. During the inspection process, a professional roofer will look for circular patterns in the shingles or spots where granules are missing. These spots will be soft to the touch and are called “bruising.”
Aging and Wear:
Aging is a natural process that affects all roofs. Just like us, a roof’s health will naturally decline. While this is unfortunate, there are ways to catch the decline and address the issues before it leads to more complications!
As shingles age, they lose granules, curl, or become brittle. This deterioration makes them less effective at protecting your home. During the inspection, we will look for signs of aging like curling edges, cracked shingles, or areas where granules have worn away.
If you are unsure about whether your roof has damage, consider hiring a professional. They have the expertise to identify and assess storm damage accurately and provide you with options on how to handle the findings.
Dealing with Damage:
Once damage is identified, it is important to address it promptly. This may involve repairs or, in severe cases, a roof replacement. If the damage is extensive, you may need to file an insurance claim.
Understanding and identifying storm damage like hail, wind, and aging is vital for maintaining the health of your roof. Regular inspections, especially after severe weather, can save you from costly repairs overall. By staying vigilant and addressing issues early, you can ensure that your roof continues to protect your home effectively.
Remember, your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. Keeping it in good condition is not just about repairs; it’s about ensuring the safety and security of your home. Stay informed, stay prepared, and your roof will serve you well for years to come.
Southern Premier Roofing is a roofing contractor located in Fayetteville, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Nashville, and Boise. We specialize in providing our clients with all their roof replacement needs. Our services are guaranteed to improve your home and last in the long run. Let us know how we can help you by contacting us today!