Roofs take a beating and keep on protecting your home. However, they need occasional TLC to keep up under the weather beatings they receive. In fact, there are three different types of storms and three kinds of storm damage that roofs face every time these storms come beating down on the roof. Here are each of the storms, the types of damage they cause to your roof, and how the damage is repaired.
Most hail stones of the pea size will not do much to your roof. It is the hail that is the size of a quarter or larger that you have to worry about. Anything the size of a golf ball or bigger is definitely disconcerting. If you are home when a hailstorm hits, take pictures of some of the larger hail stones that bounce off your roof and land in the yard. (Just be careful to not get pelted on the skull with any particularly large hail stones; they can be up to softball-sized!)
Try to get a short video clip of hail bouncing off of your roof so that your claims adjuster cannot claim that you did not get hail in your neighborhood. As for the damage, anything the size of golf balls or bigger will leave significant dents in the shingles if it does not knock the shingles off completely or create noticeable pits in your roof. Your roofing contractor will replace the shingles and smooth out the pits.
Powerful Wind That Is Not a Tornado
Gusts of wind above forty or fifty miles an hour do not constitute a tornado, but they can still cause major damage to your roof. Usually, these winds will pull shingles off and drop the shingles in your yard. Sometimes, these winds can pull down gutters as well. The roofer will just replace everything and make sure the new shingles and/or gutters are more securely attached.
This is not a hailstorm. This is a storm that is raining heavily, but because the rain is passing through icy cold air closer to the ground, it instantly becomes sheets of ice that adhere to and shatter all over your roof. What hits and does not shatter quickly freezes up and drives wedges into the roof, creating numerous cracks and openings where the melted snow and ice can later find a way in and cause water damage to your roof. With this type of storm damage, roof repair comes in the form of heating coils, rock salt, and replacing all the areas of shingles where the damage has clearly forced its way through the roofing materials.
Contact a company like atlantaroofing.com to learn more about storm damage roof repair.Share