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What Causes Storm Damage?

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Storms can be a nuisance to deal with, whether it is gusts of wind, hail, snow, or rain, storm damage can leave your perfect home in bad shape.

 

So, what causes storm damage? Surely a perfectly maintained roof won’t leak, right? Well, we have some news for you. Let’s go over some of the most common reasons for roof damage.

 

What Causes Roof Damage?

 

Understanding that one or several factors can cause roof damage is essential. At times, even a well-maintained roof can leak under extreme weather conditions. Although the extent of the damage is different in each case, nature’s fury can take out almost anything depending on the storm’s intensity.

 

Maintenance

 

Roofs require frequent maintenance, and you should hire a roofer to conduct bi-annual inspections.

 

If you see signs of roof damage, call up RoofCrafters to inspect the damage immediately. Delaying repairs can lead to a much higher repair costs and cause more damage to your roof and the integrity of your home.

 

Signs that are indicative of roof damage are:

 

  • Loose or missing shingles.
  • Impact damage from falling objects.
  • Roof leaks.
  • Discoloration on the ceiling.
  • Peeling paint or bubbles in the paint.
  • Pest infestations.
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DIY Projects or Inexpensive Contractors

Have you ever seen a contractor work on something and decided that you can do a better job yourself and save money while doing it? We don’t recommend it. Roofing is a highly specialized field that requires training and experience to master and stay safe while performing the work.

 

While hiring a cheap contractor or doing a DIY repair or roof installation might seem like a great idea to save some money, the expensive repair costs you may incur to fix the poorly installed roof or repair will significantly tip the balance the other way.

Plus, insurance doesn’t cover improper installation.

Did You Know that Improper Installation Causes Leaks?

 

Choosing the wrong roofer is setting yourself up for future bigger problems. For example, if your contractor doesn’t install your roof correctly, rainwater can seep in during horizontal rain or heavy storms and cause intermittent leaks that often won’t show up until serious damage has already happened.

 

Impacts

 

Any impact can damage your roof. For example, if a tree branch falls on the roof, you should call a contractor to inspect it because not all damage is visible on the surface level.

Besides regular falling objects, impact during hail storms can tremendously damage roofs. Therefore, during and after a hailstorm, monitor that no water is seeping in due to the damage caused.

 

Signs that your roof has hail damage include divots in the shingles, indentations in the metal flashing, and a large amount of broken granules in the gutters.

 

Weight Damage

 

People living in snowy areas have to worry about damages caused by snow. After a heavy storm, snow might accumulate on your roof, especially if you have a flat roof. This added weight can cause roof storm damage that can require roof repairs or a Roof replacement.

 

Leaks

 

You need to keep your roof in good condition. A common cause of roof damage during storms is leaks. Whether your roof is leaking dramatically enough to warrant you collecting the water in a bucket or a slow leak that seeps through your ceiling, it is detrimental to your home’s integrity.

Leaks result from the following:

 

  • Broken chimney cover or flashing.
  • Missing or loose shingles.
  • Pooled water.
  • Impact damage.
  • Ineffective gutters.
  • Broken vents.

 

You should always keep your roof clean and prevent any debris from gathering on it that might prevent water from draining into the gutters. You should also address the gutters to ensure that they are clear to take water away from the roof.

 

If water cannot drain, it seeps into the roof and causes leaks.

 

Age

 

Your roof’s age is a huge factor in determining what causes storm damage. Roofs face all sorts of harsh weather conditions that cause them to wear out. Most roofs last around 20 years, after which they start developing problems.

 

Insurance companies offer limited or no coverage on roofs older than 15 years. Unless your roof is made up of a sturdy material like metal, you can expect high repair costs and roof damage around the 20-year mark.

 

Just like most things in life, proper maintenance can make your roof last longer than its lifespan expectancy, it will still have a greater probability of developing problems the older it gets.

 

During storms, older roofs are more likely to develop leaks or even collapse in extreme cases, so ensure that you replace your roof on time.

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With over 28 years of experience in the roofing industry, RoofCrafters is skilled in dealing with any roofing problem. We have thousands of satisfied customers in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida across all services we offer.

 

Regardless of whether you need a new roof or a small roof repair, RoofCrafters has your back to keep your home and business safe.

 

If you need help deciding the right roof for you, our expert estimators are just a call away to help you.

What causes storm damage? To summarize, roof damage during storms can result from existing damage, a lack of maintenance, age, or damage caused by heavy storms. Keep yourself and your home safe by choosing RoofCrafters.

 

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