How Hurricanes and Major Storms can Damage Your Roof

 

Dozens of hurricanes have hit the country over the years and the number of other major storms is even higher than that. While many of the hurricanes will hit the areas of the Caribbean and the state of Florida, some of them, like Hurricane Florence, aim their sights on the eastern coast and never waiver in their course.

Unfortunately, all these storms can cause significant damage to your roof. Whether it is the wind, the rain, or flying debris, your roof may not be the same afterwards.

The wind from major storms can cause your shingles to be ripped and sometimes those shingles are completely torn off. Of course, the type of shingles that you have may determine what type of damage the wind causes. A wooden shingle may splinter with high winds, while an asphalt shingle will simply crack under the extreme pressure.

Extreme wind can make your roof fasteners protrude and even get moved, which means your entire roof is vulnerable. That same wind can also tear off your gutters, satellite dishes, and even antennas that are attached to your roof. While large holes and other damage can be incurred when these objects are torn off, that is not the worst that can happen. Those objects will become major projectiles and can slam through the windows of your home or someone else’s home.

The trees in your yard may not be safe from the major winds either and if those trees happen to fall the wrong way, you may find your roof under one.

While the wind from a hurricane or major storm can be devastating, sometimes it is the water that can cause the most problems. The rain during those storms can come down by the foot instead of by the inch, and in the case of hurricanes, storm surge can add more water on top of that.

Wooden shingles may not start leaking after getting wet, but their overall sturdiness can be weakened from all the water that soaks in. Asphalt singles and tiles may repel the extra water at first, but once those items crack, that water will quickly seep through to the inside of your home.

Usually the best scenario for shingles during a major storm is that the granules will fall off. While that means that your roof is not as protected as it should be, the damage is minimal and easily repaired if completed within a few months.

There is nothing that you can do to prevent a major storm or hurricane from hitting near your home, but you can make sure that you are prepared so that the damage is not as extensive as it could be. If your roof is older or you are already noticing damage up there, call a professional and see if a new roof can benefit you now and during the next storm that comes your way.

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