What Hurricanes Can do to Your Roof

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Hurricanes bring powerful winds that wreak havoc on your roof. The amount of damage depends on the severity of the storm but you can count on damage occurring. The results of the high winds are usually easy to see but sometimes the damage can be minimal in appearance while the effects are disastrous.

The worst damage is usually caused by debris being thrown against the roof. Trees being pulled from their roots and falling on the roof is the cause of some of the worst damage. This usually causes damage to the entire structure of your house and even if it didn’t, it will at least cause serious problems that will lead to a leaky roof that needs to be completely redone. Other items that are swept up during the storm can land on the roof and cause punctures and the high winds can remove granules from the shingles. The removal of granules can cause deterioration from the sun’s rays and become more susceptible to water leaks. The heavy wind can also cause damage to gutters, removing them and other things that are attached to your roof.

The damage that occurs during a hurricane depends on many factors including the severity of the storm and the strength of your roof. Hurricanes will cause some form of damage no matter what kind of roof you have but the age and style of your roof’s shingles plays a huge role in determining what kind of damage you are looking at. Thirty year shingles are less susceptible to storm damage. Shingles up to 25 years are made to withstand winds of up to 65 mph. This makes them more likely to be damaged or dislodged by the powerful winds of a hurricane. The 30 year shingles are the best for hurricane winds so if you live in an area where those storms are more likely to happen, 30 years is a good investment for you. Some of those shingles may even be able to resist winds up to 130 mph. If you live in hot climates the high temperatures will cause the shingles to degrade faster, shortening their lifespan.

Heavy rain usually accompanies a hurricane and with the high winds and compromised roof comes water damage to your roof and ceiling. Tile and asphalt shingles are designed to shed water but the cracks in the shingles caused by the wind makes it more likely for water damage to happen. The rain may also cause the granules to wear down. If the hurricane is severe you will have to look out for serious leaks that may cause your roof to collapse in sections.

Hurricanes bring chaos wherever they go and before their arrival it is important to prepare. If you live in an area where hurricanes are likely to happen, it is a good idea to have the best insurance for both for your residential and commercial roofing. Inspect your roof regularly because the better prepared you are the less damage you will have to deal with.

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