When it comes to your home, your roof is the first line of defense against undesirable weather. Many people don't realize how badly regular storms can affect the structure of their roofs over time, especially if they are not regularly inspected. This leads to serious problems when EXTREME weather systems roll through the area. We will outline the two most common types of roof damage below.
Hail leaves “bruises” or soft impacts on asphalt shingles. This loosens granules and compromises the integrity, water-shedding capability, and lifespan of the shingle. Over time, sun, wind, rain, sleet, snow, and other factors wash away the loosened granules, exposing the asphalt layer of the shingle to the sun. This leads to quicker deterioration of the shingle, which leaves the roof exposed to the elements. Hail also leaves bruises on metal roof accessories such as chimney flashings, flue caps, valley metal, and box vents as shown below. These bruises are easy to spot, and can be detrimental to the life of the roof.
Hail can also damage gutters and siding. There will be dents in the belly, on the rim, and in the downspouts of the gutters. It may also cause holes in gutter screens. In vinyl siding, hail breaks holes, and can put dents in fascia metal, window wraps, and window casements.
Wind damage can tear shingles off entirely or simply break the seal. It can also lift shingles rows at a time. Wind damaged shingles that were not completely torn off will leave a tell-tale crease along the top, as shown below. When a shingle is missing, or the seal is broken, it leaves the roof exposed to the elements. This can cause damage inside and outside of the home that will be costly to fix.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
These are only two of the many different types of damage that can happen to your roof. The easiest way to avoid having to pay thousands of dollars to fix damage in and around your home caused by a largely deteriorated roof is to have that roof regularly inspected by professional roofing contractors. These roofing experts will be able to determine what is damage versus what is not, suggest repairs that should be made, and provide knowledge on how you can keep your roof regularly maintained on your own.