Windstorms can cause damage by ripping shingles off your roof. Poorly installed roofs are especially prone to damage from storms. They are also susceptible to leaks during heavy rainfall. When water enters your attic, it can stay there for a long time and cause mold growth or damage to the roofing system.
In this post, sheet metal and roofing expert Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company list some signs of storm damage that are easy to miss.
Dents in the Flashing
Strong winds can cause an object or projectile to dent your roof flashing. This type of damage is also common when hailstones impact the flashing. Homeowners must fix these dents immediately. If left unattended, dents in the flashing can cause leaks that would allow water to penetrate the roofing underlayment and your interior walls. This will cause rust stains, accelerate rotting and discolor walls.
Insulation Board Damage
An insulation board is a thin, rigid, fiber-covered board with a layer of insulation sandwiched between two fiberglass or mineral fiber layers. It is typically installed under a roof to prevent heat and energy loss through the roof.
Rainstorms can damage insulation boards by perforating the fiberglass or mineral fiber layers because of their acidity. Hail damage can affect how well the membrane adheres to other roofing components. Unfortunately, these types of damage are not easily seen and require the expertise of roofing contractors.
Granule loss happens when the shingle granules of your roof have been knocked loose by hail or falling debris. These granules protect the shingles from the sun. Without an adequate amount of shingle granules, your roof is exposed to outdoor elements and becomes vulnerable to damage. If you notice dark or bald spots on your roof, this could be due to excessive granule loss.
Imbalanced Pressure Points
Strong winds can loosen shingles and other critical roofing components, such as joists and screws. Rainwater can also increase the load on your roof, especially when it starts pooling on the roof surface. When pooling occurs, roof leaks become inevitable and will cause severe roof damage. Make sure to call professional roofers to assess your roof after a rain or windstorm.
You can always trust Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company for in-depth roofing inspections. We also provide roof replacement services and specialize in sheet metal fabrication. Contact us today at (785) 628-3614 or use our contact form to request an estimate. We serve clients in Hays and Colby, KS.