Many types of storm damage can wreak havoc on your roof’s integrity. Learn about the common causes of roof damage:
High winds — like hurricane-force, straight-line and gale-force winds — can tear, curl or rip shingles from your roof. While a missing, cracked or curled shingle might not seem like an immediate cause for concern, your roof’s shingles should be watertight.
If a cracked or missing shingle allows water to seep in, your roof’s underlayment and decking material become exposed to the elements. An exposed ceiling could lead to water ingress and damage, resulting in the need for costly repairs.
Hail storms can leave dents or “pockmarks” in your roof’s shingles or, in extreme circumstances, knock entire shingles loose.
Even mild damage to your roof’s shingle granules can cause more significant, costlier complications, as these granules protect your roof from the elements.
High winds can do more than damage your shingles, as sufficient force can cause tree limbs, branches and other debris to fall onto and damage your roof.
At best, someone must clear the debris away. At worst, debris can dent or puncture your roof, leaving it vulnerable to moisture damage or collapse.