Most people in the United States deal with severe weather on a semi-regular basis. At least, there is nothing shocking about when the weather gets crummy. While crummy weather is nothing new, it fortunately does not tend to be life threatening. However, it can be fairly threatening to our property. For example, it is not uncommon to deal with weather damage to your roofs, windows, or cars. And most of the time, the damage is done to the shingles on your roof.
One of the most common (and often severe) damages that your roof will most likely experience at one point is hail damage. Hailstorms tend to be a little scary, especially when stones get to be golf ball, baseball, and sometimes even softball sized. Considering baseball sized balls of ice are falling down from the sky (sometimes at 120 mph!) it is not surprise that your roof will suffer damage from this. The older the roof, the more sensitive to the damage it is likely to be. When the shingles of your roof are damaged, you could possibly have to deal with leaking. You will know that your roof is damaged after a hailstorm, because of the dark spots located on your roof. Sometimes shingles will be completely missing, and you will want to repair the roof swiftly. When shingles are missing or damaged, the moisture could seep into the roof’s structure, resulting in mold and rotting. Deterioration is likely, collapsing is possible.
Fortunately, wind damage tends to be easier to detect than hail damage. While wind damage is normally related to tornadoes or hurricanes, wind damage is actually possible even if wind speeds are just a little too high – no severe storm necessary. However those who live in regions where tornadoes and hurricanes are a more common experience are more likely to deal with wind damage to their roofs. If you live in one of the regions, it would be wise to keep your shingles more modern, as shingles are constantly being improved because of standards and more knowledge. There are now shingles that are specifically made to be more wind resistant even. Unfortunately in more severe storms, even these wind resistant shingles cannot always save your home’s roof. Wind damage is always a little more interesting than hail damage. While it is rare for only one portion of your roof to suffer in the middle of a hailstorm, one section of your roof can experience much more severe damage than another. Wind damages is just likely to affect patches over the roof as a whole. Wind damage tends to peel your shingles upward, resulting in a very distinct and unattractive look.
Obviously, hail damage and wind damage are both very serious. Leaking is not a small issue. If you have noticed damage done to your home by storms, then consider a call to your insurance company and a reputable roofing contractor. Replace your shabby shingles with more modern shingles that will help to resist the crummy weather.