A Homeowner’s Guide to Different Types of Hurricane Roof Damage

Did your home sustain hurricane roof damage? Are you wondering what type of hurricane roof damage you’re dealing with?

There are five major types of hurricane roof damage: holes, cracking, missing shingles, clogged gutters, and sagging. All of these damages can cause mold, wood rot, and roof leaks.

In the worst cases, your roof could collapse. Therefore, hire a roofing contractor to fix the damage as soon as possible. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, have your roof inspected at least twice a year.

This article will highlight various types of hurricane roof damage in greater detail. Let’s explore.

Cracks and Holes 

Hurricane winds are powerful enough to cause holes and cracks. This especially true if your roof already had weak points before the storm.

The hurricane winds may also cause tree branches and other debris to collide against your roof. If you have a satellite dish, the winds can rip the satellite mount from your roof, causing cracks and holes.

Additionally, cracking/holes allow water to seep into your home. You may also notice water spots within your ceiling.

In more dire cases,  the holes and cracks can degrade the structural integrity of your roof. If this happens, you must replace the roof immediately.

Holes and cracks can lead to the following consequences:

  • Critters (i.e. squirrels or mice) can enter your attic or home.
  • Holes invite humidity, leading to mold/mildew growth.
  • Excess water can seep into the wood and cause wood rot.

In other cases, homeowners may have roof damage and know not it. Besides water spots in your ceiling, you may notice the following signs:

  • Water dripping in the attic
  • Patches of daylight filtering through the attic ceiling
  • Cracked or missing shingles

Roof damage can also be more subtle. For instance, you may notice an increase in your heating or cooling bills.

That’s because the holes in the roof allow heat or cold air to escape your house, increasing your energy bills. If your energy bills increased suddenly, it may be time for a roof inspection.

Missing Shingles or Tiles

Hurricane winds can also tear shingles and tiles from your roof. Many homeowners think tiled roofs will fare better against hurricanes, and this is true to an extent. However, consider the underlying materials that aren’t as strong as the tiles.

If roof tiles come off, they may have been weak before the hurricane struck. Regardless, missing tiles and singles can do more damage to your roof than you may think. Above all, missing shingles will lead to roof leaks.

Even one missing shingle can cause long-term damage. For example, the missing area will be exposed to sunlight and water.  The excess rain allows water to enter the roof’s subsurface.

Plus, the water can enter your ceiling and insulation, causing complications such as wood rot, mildew/mold, and water leaks. Worst of all, you may not notice the problem until the signs are more prominent.

Even if your home has fared through the storm unscathed, you should have a professional check the roof for damage. Professionals can convey if any shingles or tiles broke away during the storm.

Also, you can check for missing shingles on your own with a ladder. If you don’t have a ladder, look at your home from a distance to spot any missing shingles.

Damaged or Clogged Gutters

Clogged or damaged gutters can be just as dangerous as roof damage. When the gutters are clogged, for example, excess water cannot drain properly. As a result, water pools can sit on your roof.

The weight of the water can also disrupt your roof’s integrity and cause water breaches. Further, damaged gutters can lead to the same improper drainage. Also, loose gutters can cause injury.

You can check your gutters efficiently via the following actions:

  1. When the storm is over, check your gutters for moss or leaves that could cause backups.
  2. Look for any loose hinges dislodging the gutters.
  3. Conduct a test by pouring some water through the gutters to see if it drains properly.

A professional roofer can also repair your gutters and downspouts if necessary.

Sagging Roofs

A sagging roof can stem from the pulsing winds that beat against your home. That said, you may also encounter sagging in certain parts of the roof, and this doesn’t always mean the roof will imminently collapse.

Instead, it means that certain structural aspects of the roof are weak and need reinforcements. A sagging roof may also indicate that your home wasn’t structurally sound before the storm hit.

If you have sagging issues, contact a roofing professional immediately. They can also tell you if the roof is in danger of collapse.

File a Claim

If you have insurance, file an insurance claim. The insurance company should cover the repairs. When it comes to hurricane damage claims, ensure that you have plenty of evidence to support your case.

Take as many photos of the damage as you can, and note the damage in detail. If you paid for a roofing inspection before filing a claim, note any repair costs or inspection fees in your claim.

Signs of Hurricane Roof Damage 

When dealing with hurricane roof damage, look for various signs that include roof leaks, high energy bills, missing shingles, and water spots. Roof damage from a hurricane can lead to a total roof collapse.

In other cases, minor roof issues can lead to long-term damage. Therefore, address the repairs as quickly as possible to prevent pricey repair bills in the future.

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