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You’ve most likely encountered severe weather, especially over the past few years. With storms increasing in intensity and strength, you never know when the next severe storm may damage your home. From tornadoes, to hailstorms,and summer squalls, driving wind and rainstorms can place your roof and other exterior home surfaces in a state of disrepair by water damage, wind damage and leaving your roof less durable that it was before the storm.
What is Storm Damage?
Storm damage is any damage resulting from hail, wind, rain, snow, tornadoes, or other weather phenomena that can damage materials.
Additionally, your home or damaged can receive water damage when building materials are damaged and and not functioning properly. At this point, your property becomes vulnerable when in this unprotected state, making susceptible to mold, mildew, and wood rot.
When your property is compromised, environmental hazards can cause extensive and expensive damage.
HOW CAN I ASSESS STORM DAMAGE TO MY HOME?
How can you identify damage? What should you do if you have damage after a significant storm? What about other types of exterior storm damage?
The safest way to assess storm damage is to have Grand Exteriors come out to your home or business and complete an inspection of your roof and property exterior to find any places on your property that could have been compromised during a storm and may cause significant damage if not fixed properly.
Types of Storm Damage
Winds, with speeds of 74 mph or greater and gale-force winds, can cause substantial damage to your roof and siding. High winds can even remove or tear shingles off your home, leaving the underlayment, roof deck, and waterproofing material on your roof exposed to the elements.
Roof shingles are overlapped to create a water-tight seal. When wind, rain and other environmental elements damage your roof, your shingles can lift and curl – breaking the tile seal, tear, and leaving your roof vulnerable to damage from wind-driven rain. . At this point, an additional storm can lift off shingles and send them sailing across your yard.
Hailstones and hail storms are brief but powerful destructive forces that can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles and knock shingle granules loose. Since these granules protect your roof against rain and sun damage, missing granules expose your roof to potential expensive damage. Hail damage also reduces the life, look, and aesthetic appearance of your roof. Hail damage may result in water damage to the interior of your property.
Property without proper drainage can experience problems with standing water after big rainstorms, especially in uneven areas. Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to back up under your shingles, allowing water moisture to penetrate the underneath layers of your roof and the roof deck.
Debris quickly piles up in your yard with every severe storm. Many different natural pieces of debris can end up on your roof. Branches, larger tree limbs, shingles from other homes, and other objects flying through the air during a storm can dent and impact the surface of your roof shingles, leaving your roof vulnerable to moisture retention and water damage.
High winds can blow off your home’s asphalt shingles, which will leave patches of your roof unprotected and susceptible to leaks. Make sure to fix this issue immediately to prevent severe water damage. If you have large swatches of missing shingles, you can replace your entire roof to ensure your entire roof is again waterproof.
During a storm, high wind can create debris that will collide with your property, potentially creating holes, indents, and scrapes. Water can then pass through the gaps or pond in dents and drip into the interior. Leaks may also affect the indoor environment and comfort level of your home. No matter how small the leaks may be, hire Grand Exteriors for a prompt assessment and repairs.