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Article by Camille Portalier

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It's crucial to understand the most common causes of such damage, enabling you to take necessary steps to protect your home. In this blog post, I'll delve into the four primary causes of roof storm damage that you should be aware of. By familiarizing yourself with these causes, you'll be better equipped to proactively safeguard your home and avoid costly repairs. Let's explore the world of roof storm damage together and learn how to keep your home secure.

1.     Heavy rains

Heavy rains are a major contributor to roof storm damage. Often overlooked, they have the potential to infiltrate your home through roof gaps and cracks, leading to mold, wood rot, and structural issues. To protect your home, regular roof maintenance is crucial. Schedule inspections with a roofing contractor to detect and fix any damage promptly. Don't forget to clear your gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent water from pouring onto the roof. By staying vigilant and taking preventive measures, you can minimize the risk of costly damage from heavy rains.

2.     Strong winds

Strong winds pose a significant threat as a leading cause of roof storm damage. Their force can rip off shingles and expose your home to water and other weather-related risks. If you live in a high-wind area, regular roof maintenance by a qualified contractor is essential. Look out for missing or damaged shingles, as well as signs of wind damage on the roof decking. Act swiftly after a windstorm to prevent further damage. Contact a reputable roofing contractor to assess the situation and recommend the necessary steps. Inspect your attic and interior walls for leaks or water damage. Trust the expertise of a qualified roofer to repair roof storm damage and safeguard your home from future windstorms.

3.     Hail

Hail is a common culprit behind roof storm damage. When hailstones are large or frequent, they can wreak havoc on your roof. The impact can cause cracked or broken shingles, or even penetrate through the roof entirely. Additionally, hail can leave dents in gutters, downspouts, and other metal components. If you spot any signs of hail damage on your roof, it's important to contact a roofing contractor promptly. They can assess the damage and recommend necessary repairs or replacement based on severity. After a storm, check for loose, cracked, or damaged shingles to address issues early on. Understanding the potential causes of roof storm damage helps you take preventive measures, ensuring you can fix any damage and protect your roof from future storms. 

4.     Tornado, hurricane or tropical storm  

When it comes to severe weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes, or tropical storms, the safety of your home takes precedence over everything else. In the event of a tornado, the damage inflicted on your shingles would likely be the least of your concerns. While we're fortunate to be out of hurricane territory, it's important to note that in recent memory, two tropical storms made their way up north, leaving their mark on the Atlanta area. Hurricanes Michael and Irma, albeit as tropical storms, impacted our region in 2018 and 2017 respectively. However, it's worth highlighting that a well-maintained, properly installed architectural roof greatly reduces the likelihood of sustaining significant damage. Ensuring the strength and integrity of your roof can be a vital investment in safeguarding your home during such unpredictable weather events.

 Proper installation is key to enhance your roof's resistance against wind damage and rain infiltration. Correct nail placement, patterns, and use of protective elements like underlayments and flashings are essential to maximize wind resistance and prevent water seepage. Ensure your roof is installed with precision to mitigate potential issues and safeguard your home from the elements.

         Understanding the causes of roof storm damage is vital for homeowners. Heavy rains, strong winds, hail, and severe weather events like tornadoes or hurricanes pose significant risks. Regular maintenance, prompt repairs, and a well-maintained roof are crucial for protecting your home. Safeguard your property by staying vigilant and addressing any damage promptly. For professional assistance, contact Georgia Roof Advisors, trusted GAF Master Elite Contractor and the Best of Cobb Award winner five years in a row in the roofing category. Trust us to keep your home secure and well-maintained. Together, let's secure our homes against roof storm damage.