Storm damage isn’t always as obvious as missing shingles or holes in the roof. Some of them aren’t readily visible but may cause problems down the road if not fixed by a roofing professional. In today’s post, local roofing company Bone Dry Roofing – Florida discusses the different ways storms can damage your roof and why you need to have your roof inspected after a storm.
The Not-So-Obvious Signs of Storm Damage
Most people picture storm damage as torn shingles or severe damage caused by fallen trees, but these are extreme types of damage. One of the most common mistakes homeowners commit is not having their roof inspected after a storm because it looks fine. The following are some types of storm damage that aren’t as noticeable:
Loss of granules — Asphalt shingles feature a top layer of granules that, in addition to providing color, protects the asphalt layer from damage caused by UV rays. Extreme wind and rainfall can exert enough force to erode these granules, which can expose the asphalt layer to direct sunlight. If not repaired, these “bald” shingles can deteriorate faster.
Dents and punctures — Airborne debris, blown about by high winds, can have the same effect as moderate-sized hailstones on a roof. Sometimes they can hit a rooftop with enough force to puncture the roofing surface and allow water infiltration.
Wind damage — High winds can cause splitting or cracking of individual shingles. This usually takes the form of creases about an inch below the edge of the shingle above it. This can have a similar effect as granule loss or a puncture, depending on how severe the damage is. The roof edge is also vulnerable to wind damage, and this is usually where water infiltration happens during a storm.
Have Your Roof Inspected After Every Storm
Roofing professionals are trained to find roofing problems that will require repair, even ones that aren’t readily visible from the ground. Since roofs are exposed to constant wear, leaving roofing problems for later means the problem will only get worse. The sooner the storm damage is addressed, the less repair work will be needed. Your roof will also be less at risk of an unplanned replacement.
You’ll also need a thorough roofing inspection if you’re going to file an insurance claim. Most insurance providers require an accurate damage report and an estimate of the repair costs, both of which your local roofing contractor can provide.
Bone Dry Roofing – Florida is your leading provider of roofing services to Florida’s Gulf Coast and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (941) 251-8693 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.