If a storm passes over your home, you may have a gut reaction to head out and look for damage. Do you even know what kind of damage you should be looking for? That's why it helps to know how storms may cause damage to your roof.
Damage Caused By Hail
Many homeowners do not notice hail damage because it will not be noticeable as easily as other types of damage. Sometimes homeowners only imagine notable damage as the type when there is water entering their home due to a leak, and tend to ignore other problems.
The problem with hail is that it can cause damage that spreads across your entire roof. There will be many places with indentations due to hail impacting a roof at high speeds. The damage isn't just a cosmetic problem either since the impact causes the protective layer of granules to become loose and fall off the shingles. They'll collect in your gutters or eventually come out of the downspouts during future rainfalls.
Damage Caused By Wind
A powerful storm has the capability of tearing off shingles from the roof. If this happens, you'll have parts of your home's roof deck exposed, which can lead to water getting into your house and causing a lot of damage. Thankfully, shingles that are missing are a problem you can easily identify without getting up on your roof for an up close inspection.
However, wind can cause cause the rain to be forced upwards on a roof, which will allow water to get under shingles. This is how mold can form in a place that is shaded and eventually cause the shingles to rot from the bottom.
Other damage includes gutters that become broken or bent, which will cause water drainage issues that need to be fixed.
Damage Caused To Flashing
You should be concerned about any kind of damage caused to your roof flashing material. It creates a barrier in places so that water cannot find a way underneath your roof's shingles. If the storm is strong enough to rip the flashing material away from the surface of the roof, it will create a gap where water may get behind the flashing. This is not good for your roof, which is why you may want to have your roof inspected by a local contractor after a big storm. Identifying flashing damage involves getting close to the flashing to see if there are any gaps, and you may not feel comfortable walking on your own roof.
For more information, reach out to residential roofing services.