Here in the Jacksonville area, we are often caught in the middle of active, at times unexpected, storms. While sometimes these storms don’t pan out to be much more than a mid-afternoon shower, other times they can be very strong, like the ones we saw pass through on the evening of Thursday, March 3. When storms like this pass through they can include damaging winds, hail, and torrential rain that can easily cause damage to your home’s roof. The biggest problem is that you may not even notice the damage until the next storm passes through and your home, and family, suffers more serious 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.
Your Roof and Hail Damage
Hail is another thing we see in storms in our area. Hail damage, although not as common as wind or water damage, is typically more instantly damaging. When your roof is being pelted with golf ball-sized ice chunks for ten minutes or longer, it doesn’t take a lot of time to pass before serious damage is done.
Hail can cause cracking in your shingles and damage to your roof’s membrane. Like the pieces that wind sometimes tears at, these damaged pieces can easily fall off, leaving your roof and home exposed to the elements.
And don’t forget: you can never be too careful. Not all hail damage is obvious and you should contact a roofing professional for a thorough inspection to be sure. Some insurance companies won’t cover the damage if you don’t. Call AJ Wells Roofing Contractors today.
While your roof may look like it’s still solidly attached after a major storm, small punctures, missing shingles, and deteriorating membranes or flashing can all cause trouble in the present or the near future.
Sometimes you will notice the damage done to your roof; you may notice shingles missing, shingles broken, or you may find several pieces of granules from your shingles stuck in your otherwise clean gutters. It may not seem like it, but sometimes having noticeable damage can be an advantage. This is because when you are aware that there is a problem, you can knowingly take steps to correct it.
When you can’t see the damage, that’s when the real problems can begin. This could mean that the next storm, or even light shower, to hit your home could result in water damage or further damage to your roof or to the interior of your home.
Suspect Your Roof Is Damaged?
When major storms passes through it is a good idea to have your roof checked by a team of roofing professionals. The team at A.J. Wells deliver high-quality roofing services in the Jacksonville, Florida area. We can complete a full roof inspection (for free), reporting any problems we find.You can rely on us to get your roof back into great shape. This way when the next storm passes through, you can be confident that your roof will defend you against the pummeling hail, relentless rain, and howling winds.
Contact A.J. Wells here or at 904-553-0069 and make sure your roof can stand up to the next big storm.