Wind, Hail & Storm Damage
Your Roof and Wind Damage
While roofs are designed to resist high-speed winds, winds like those we saw in Jax on March 3 can do damage to even the most well-built roof. One of wind’s most powerful assistants is time; wind damage is often difficult to analyze, and the more wind damage a roof sustains, the less likely it is that said roof will hold up so well the next time strong winds pass through.
Depending on your roof and how the storm moves through, you may see movement of your roof's shingles or membrane. This can cause shingles to fly off leaving parts of your roof exposed to further wind and rain. If water gets into your roof this can cause damage to your home's structure and possibly damage sheet rock, this can also cause mold and mildew within your home. Holes in your roof can also give the wind more traction, allowing it to take more and more with each new wind storm.
Wind can crease your roof’s shingles and, sometimes, even tear them away from your roof completely. Strong winds can also cause damage to roofs via fallen trees and debris. Debris can damage your shingles, tear them, and, in the worst cases, puncture your roof. If your roof has sustained damage from downed trees and/or shingles are missing from wind damage, you should contact a roofer to secure your roof with tarps.
If your roof is older or has prior damage, the heavy rains that commonly accompany tropical storms can seep into tiny cracks or intrude the areas where shingles are damaged due to wind; this can cause further damage to your roof, and, if the damage is bad enough, it can cause leaking and water damage inside of your home. It’s best to contact a roofing professional like A.J. Wells to give you a thorough roof inspection.
Due to hail’s larger size, it can be much more damaging than other forms of moisture. Hail can damage your roof by leaving pockmarks and puncturing shingles and by causing degranulation. Sometimes the effects of hail are not easy to catch, and sometimes conditions are too unsafe for homeowners to try to do a self-inspection.