I bet you know already how hurricanes impact your roof but let’s dive into more detail just how damaging hurricanes are to your roof.
Hurricane season has officially started as of June, 1st and will last through November 30th. Houston, TX is no stranger to getting hit by a hurricane. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual, according to an outlook released by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.
Let’s look at how hurricanes impact your roof and what you should do as soon as you know of the possibility a hurricane is coming?
Hurricanes and strong thunderstorms can have winds up to 150 mph. High winds can rip off roof tiles and shingles. There are some preventative steps you can take to help reduce the damage from hurricanes. Always keep your eye out for loose or missing shingles or tiles. If you have an older roof, it’s also a good idea to have a yearly roof inspection before hurricane season to make sure your home is protected, and your roof is secure.
Shingles are one of the most common items that are damaged during hurricanes. Strong winds can rip shingles directly off of the roof, leaving the interior elements of your roof exposed to wind and rain. If you have wooden shingles, strong winds and rain can cause them to splinter. If you have asphalt shingles, severe weather elements may cause them to crack, or their fasteners may protrude and become displaced.
High winds do not hit your roof evenly across the surface. The corners, the edges of the roof, and the ridge line are especially susceptible to damage from high winds. The wind can get under a corner or small piece of the shingle and curl it, or rip it off completely.
Water damage is another common roof issue many homeowners face during hurricane season. Excessive rain can cause wooden shingles to break and weaken. Although asphalt shingles are better at preventing rain from soaking into your roof, intense rainstorms can still cause them to crack.
If your home has big trees near it, a tree could fall on top of your roof and cause serious damage.
A roof in good condition is much better able to stand the torture inflicted upon it by a storm and provide that much needed first line of defense against hurricanes. According to a roofing industry study, roofs that are maintained regularly last 50 to 70 percent longer than those without proper supervision.
When considering the cost of roof replacement versus the cost of an ongoing maintenance program that can double the life of your roof, the savings can be substantial.
Get ahead of the hurricane season and have your roof inspected for free by a professional roofing company like Realty Roofing. We service the entire city of Houston and surrounding areas.
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