Various Ways Severe Weather Can Cause Roof Damage

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When severe weather strikes, it can cause all sorts of damage for homeowners to deal with. Roof damage, unfortunately, is one of the most common problems people find themselves contending with following a major storm. If you happen to live in our service area in North Carolina or South Carolina, weather events can range from hail storms in the mountains to hurricanes on the coastline. Different types of storms can lead to different types of roof damage. It is important for you to understand as much as you can about these sorts of destruction.

Water damage is, of course, most common during rainstorms, rather than hail storms or snowstorms. People who live in the line of hurricanes often experience the most water damage to their homes, though it is certainly not limited to hurricane season. Even a relatively heavy thunderstorm can lead to water damage if your home has cracks or weak points in the foundation, around the windows and doors, or in the roof. To prevent this, make sure you have your home inspected every year to make sure it is airtight.

It is, however, important to understand that even the most well-sealed homes can sustain water damage if the rain is heavy enough. The pressure from falling water can weaken structures, causing shingles to a cave-in or vinyl siding to peel away from exterior walls. If this happens, bear in mind that is not your fault, and you did everything you could to prevent damage! Sometimes water damage is unavoidable.

Wind damage can happen during nearly any type of storm if the wind speeds get high enough. Tornadoes and hurricanes, though, typically have the strongest winds. In many cases, the wind itself doesn’t cause damage to roofs, although it certainly can. Most of the time, however, wind sends other debris, such as tree limbs, crashing into roofs, ultimately leading to serious damage. As a general rule, there is nothing homeowners can do to prevent wind damage. Following a storm with high winds, make sure you have your roof inspected for problems by a reliable professional.

Hail storms can wreak havoc on roofs. Again, as with wind damage, there is very little that can be done to prevent this type of destruction; if the hail is large enough, it will inevitably cause problems. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, the older they are, the more likely they are to crack and warp in a hail storm. Other roofing materials, such as clay tiles, are also highly susceptible to damage. Roofs that are rated for Class IV impact resistance are the best choice for families who live in areas where hailstorms are common.

The Hatch Homes team lives works and plays in the Carolinas just like you, so we understand the various types of storms that can impact this region of the country. If any sort of severe weather has damaged your roof, we hope you will call us to assess the situation and offer you viable solutions.

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