A storm can be among the most damaging events that your home can experience. More specifically, the roof will be especially at risk of suffering damage during strong storms, and you will want to be prepared to manage this damage when it occurs.
Does Flashing Protect Against Storm Damage?
Flashing is a key part of your roof's protection. It will typically be found around areas where there may be small gaps between the roof and the rest of the home. Typically, the flashing will be extremely effective at preventing moisture from seeping into the home through these areas. Unfortunately, the flashing can be damaged as it will be little more than a thin piece of metal. This can allow strong winds to warp the flashing so that it will no longer be as effective at keeping water and other materials out of the home. Replacing flashing is almost always more effective than attempting to bend it back into place.
What Are The Types Of Damage That Hail Can Cause To Your Roof?
While the strong winds that storms produce can be the primary cause of serious roofing damage, hail is another potential source of damage. Large hail will strike the roof with incredible force, and this can actually cause the wood, tile, and other components to break or crack. If the roof has a skylight in it, the glass may break or the frame may be warped and damaged. Unfortunately, these damages can be especially prone to occur to older roofs, as these structures may have sustained water damage or other sources of weakness that can reduce the roof's ability to withstand the impacts from hailstones.
Is It Difficult To Properly Assess A Roof For Damage After A Storm?
Due to the various types of damage that can occur to a roof during a storm, it is important to invest the time in thoroughly assessing the roof for damage. While homeowners can be under the impression that this will be extremely difficult, it can be possible for them to conduct an initial assessment in a matter of hours by thoroughly inspecting the interior ceiling of the attic and the visible exterior of the roof for signs of missing, loosened, or damaged tiles. If the storm was especially severe or the roof is more than ten years old, it should also be professionally inspected at the end of the fall or spring as these can be the months when there are the most frequent and strongest storms. A storm roof repair service can help.