Understanding How Storms Can Damage Asphalt Shingles

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If you’re like roughly 75% of American homeowners, you have asphalt shingles covering your roof. This roofing material has remained immensely popular for decades for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is that they are extremely affordable. Even families who are on fairly tight budgets can typically afford basic asphalt shingles. Another key reason is that they are relatively durable. Although even expensive asphalt shingles do not rival the lifespan of, for instance, slate tiles, the majority are now rated to last for at least two decades, if not longer!

There are, however, limits to durability and strength. Residents of both North Carolina and South Carolina often find themselves dealing with the aftermath of severe weather, which can include shingle damage. In coastal regions of these states, hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc, while many inland areas are wooded, which can result in fallen limbs and other problems. As you read this guide, you’ll learn some of the hidden ways in which storms of all kinds can damage your home’s asphalt shingles.

    • High wind speeds can move shingles – Although properly installed shingles should be nailed down, it is still possible for individual shingles to be shaken loose and moved around by high winds. This will inevitably rip, crack, or tear the shingles, leaving your roof more vulnerable to the elements. One or two displaced shingles aren’t likely to cause any major problems, but a whole section getting blown around could lead to serious issues.
    • Roof edges can sustain the worst damage – On nearly all home styles, the edges of the roof are most likely to be damaged when severe weather strikes. This is primarily because even relatively tame gusts of wind can catch border shingles and start lifting them off of the roof. While this obviously causes the most damage to the shingles directly on the edge of the roofline, it also often has a domino effect and other shingles begin to move, leading to a much larger problem for homeowners. You might not notice this type of damage right away, which is why it is important to have an expert inspect your home soon after any serious storms.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for limbs and branches – Following any type of storm, there’s a good chance that some limbs or branches will be laying on your roof. Although this can certainly be unsightly, it can also signify damage. It doesn’t take an extremely heavy tree limb to harm asphalt shingles, so make sure you take special note of the condition of any areas of your roof directly under fallen limbs.

Because the Hatch Homes team lives and works in the Carolinas just like you, we’ve been through our fair share of storms. Next time you think you might have roof damage following severe weather, give us a call. Our experts will be happy to assess your property, provide you with a risk-free quote, and get your job on our calendar. We take pride in the work we do and look forward to repairing your roof so your family can once again have peace of mind.

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