3 Signs Of Storm-Related Roofing Damage
Your roof withstands a great deal of general stress and wear and tear, but at no time is your roof put to the test more than during a heavy storm. Hard rains, high winds, and falling debris can all take a toll on your roof, making leaks and water damage to the interior of your home much more likely. Understanding what some of the most common types of damage that your roof may experience after a storm can help you identify such issues early so that you can contact a roofing contractor to address them before they become even worse.
1. Shingle Damage
The most common type of roofing damage that will occur because of a heavy storm is actual physical damage to the shingles themselves. This can take a variety of different forms, but some of the most common include shingles that are pulling or curling upwards from the surface of the roof itself, cracking or holes in individual shingles, shingles that are sitting unevenly with their adjacent shingles, or even having sections where the shingles have been torn off by the wind entirely.
2. Leaking Gutters
Beyond the actual roofing material, storms can also cause damage to your gutter and downspout system, preventing them from properly draining water away from your roof. This is a serious concern, as this can cause increased wear to your roofing materials and damage to the interior of your home. You can tell if your gutters are leaking if there are physical holes in the gutters themselves, or if the gutters have pulled away from the side of your home and are no longer flush with the edge of your roof. If you leave damaged gutters alone for long enough, you'll notice that your siding will become faded due to water running down the side of your home: you may even notice water damage in your foundation and the interior of your home as water drains into the soil too close to the side of your house.
While large pieces of debris like tree limbs are an obvious source of damage, as they will puncture holes straight through your roof, you should also be aware of other, smaller pieces of debris which can collect on your roof after a storm. Large amounts of leaves, smaller branches, and other detritus can hold on to water, trapping it against your shingles and greatly increasing the risk of a leak developing.
For more information, contact a company like Toth Roofing.