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Four Common Causes of Storm-Damaged Roofs

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As a homeowner, one of your most significant worries is whether your home will hold up during a storm. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. Home exteriors, particularly roofs, may sustain significant damage during storms. Although roofs are meant to protect us from such incidents, such damage often raises questions like, “How did this happen?”

Four Common Causes of Storm-Damaged Roofs

Four of the most common causes of storm-damaged roofs include:

  1. Wind. Strong gusts of wind can lift and move shingles, causing them to become displaced or torn off entirely. This type of damage is more likely to occur if you live in areas that experience high winds, such as coastal regions or areas prone to tornadoes or hurricanes.
  2. Water. Water damage is another common cause of storm-damaged roofs. It occurs when rainwater infiltrates the roof through weak points, such as cracks or holes. Water damage can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can be harmful to the structural integrity of your roof, as well as your health.
  3. Hail. Hailstones with a diameter greater than 1 inch can be heavy, and they can cause significant damage to a roof. Small hailstones coupled with strong gusts of wind can also dent shingles. A hail-damaged roof typically has pockmarks on the surface or peeled shingle edges.
  4. Debris. Loose, flying debris such as twigs and branches during a storm may also result in storm-damaged roofs. In a worst-case scenario, an overhanging tree branch may break off during a storm and land squarely on your roof, causing severe damage.

At Race City Roofing, our 24-hour emergency service is always on hand to repair storm-damaged roofs. We cannot control the elements, but we can help you fix roof damage. If you observe storm damage to your roof, contact us today.