How Does Storm Damage Affect Your Roof Over Time?

How Does Storm Damage Affect Your Roof Over Time

Without proper care, storm damage can slowly eat away at your roof.

Let’s say a big storm hit your home last night, and you’re worried about the effect on your roof. However, when you take a look at it the next day, your roof seems to be fine. At least, any damage you can see seems to be minimal. Does that mean that there’s no harm done, nothing to worry about?

Unfortunately, probably not. While a durable roof can withstand storms and it might be that you did get lucky, over time storm damage can cause big problems. Just because you can’t see the evidence now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a closer look to be sure your roof is still in good shape.

Wind Damage

When strong winds loosen your roof, they start with the edges. It may just be a couple inches of material that becomes slightly loose at the time, not much to worry about. However, over time, that makes your roof vulnerable. The next time your home is hit with a strong wind, the peeling will move further and further in. This can wreck your home’s insulation, cause you to lose pieces of your roof, and could even lead to leaks and water damage if not resolved soon.

Debris Damage

Sometimes in the midst of a heavy storm, you hear scraping that sounds like tree branches along your roof. These branches may break off and land in your gutters, scraping at them and potentially causing cracks that could make their protection of your siding and lawn void. Tree branches could also scrape off roofing materials, leaving room for leaks to get in. This is why it’s important to have trees trimmed back so that there’s less chance of them scraping the roof. Debris such as glass shards or small pebbles could also cause damage to your roof: small at first, but it could worsen.

Ice Dams

Snow on your roof may look charming, but if your home is improperly insulated, it could lead to damaging ice dams. Ice dams occur when heat escaping from your attic warms and melts the bottom layers of snow, which then become trapped beneath the still frozen upper layers. Without the upper layers melting, the water will freeze, causing a layer of ice. This could lead to leaks in your roof or damage to the plywood beneath the roof, eventually weakening the structural integrity of the home.

Now this may not be the case every time your roof is hit with a heavy storm. It helps to have a durable roof that’s wind resistant and built to last, installed by a roofing professional who knows how to ensure that it does. Have questions about how to protect your roof from storm damage? Contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information.

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