How Hurricanes/Bad Weather Impact Your Roof

The structural integrity of your roof is important. A properly maintained roof is essential to your home’s overall value, but what do you do when you experience bad weather—or even a natural disaster like a hurricane?

Weather Damage to Your Roof

There are many ways that hurricanes and other types of bad weather can affect your roof. Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits.

Wind Damage to Your Roof

Wind doesn’t have to blow at hurricane speeds to damage your roof. Strong winds can rip away shingles and damage your roof’s gutter system. 

If wind rips away your home’s flashing—the components around your vents that keep water from entering your home—you could also be looking at subsequent water damage. Additionally, strong winds can blow tree limbs and other debris onto your roof, causing damage.

Rain Damage to Your Roof

Your roof is designed to resist the elements; but over time, the weatherproofing can become compromised. When this happens, your roof can be subject to leaks, as well as moisture damage from mold and mildew.

Hail Damage to Your Roof

Hail can cause damage to your roof, regardless of its size. Hail can punch holes in your shingles, and even smaller pieces of hail can result in cracks that compromise your roof’s water resistance.

Snow and Ice Damage to Your Roof

Sometimes, the sheer weight of snow can cause structural damage to your roof, but ice can also be a major problem. If your attic is warmer than the outside air, it can cause the snow on your roof to melt. When it reaches the edge of your roof, it re-freezes, creating something called an “ice dam.” This dam traps even more water on your roof, creating further moisture damage.

Contact the Experts

If you’ve recently experienced a hurricane or a bad storm, don’t wait to contact a professional who can inspect your roof. Even if there’s no visible damage, a trained expert can pinpoint small issues that might become larger problems down the line.