Florida is somewhat famous for its short-term dramatic weather patterns.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are a common occurrence. And everyone looks forward to the afternoon thunderstorms that seem to pop up daily during the hot summer months. These types of short-term weather patterns can cause real damage to your house, starting with a roof leak and getting much worse.
The Damage Storms Can Cause to Your Roof
Here is a short list of the type of damage that short-term weather patterns can cause:
- Asphalt shingles can get torn or pulled completely off the roof by high winds. This leaves the roof’s underlayment and deck open to the elements. It can also expose older roof materials. Any of these conditions can lead to a roof leak.
- Asphalt shingles can also get flipped up by the wind, breaking the bond between the shingle layers. This leaves an opening for the rain to penetrate under the shingles, causing a roof leak.
- Falling hail can leave dents and pockmarks in shingles and flat roofs. It can remove the protective granules on top of the shingles. It can also cause damage to the built-up part of a flat roof.
- Hail can cause chipping and breaking in tile roofs. These hard balls of ice can hit with a lot of strength. A broken tile can easily lead to a roof leak.
Roof damage can occur to any part of the roof during a hurricane or intense storm. However, wind tends to cause more damage along the edge of the roof. Hail usually causes damage to the angle of the roof that takes the most direct hit.
Why Calling in a Professional is So Important?
Many times it can be difficult to spot roof damage after a hurricane or storm. The best thing to do is bring in a professional to inspect your roof after a storm comes through. Otherwise, you may start to experience a roof leak or worse.
Shingles that get flipped up from high wind can leave behind cracks or curled edge. The pockmarks and other damage caused by hail is another thing that can be difficult for a homeowner to find (it’s also extremely dangerous to climb on roofs). It takes an experienced eye to see exactly what the ice pellets left behind.
Call on the experts at Mark Kaufman Roofing before you get a roof leak due to short-term Florida weather patterns.