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How Does Hurricane Weather Affect My Roof?

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Louisiana is no stranger to hurricanes. High winds, rising water and property damage are commonplace issues around the coastline. How does a hurricane affect a roof and what should you do as soon as you know that there is even a possibility of being hit?

Curling and Stripped Shingles 

Most roof damage starts with subtle changes to the material surfaces. Take a look at your roof after a wind event, for instance. The flat shingles may now have curled edges. Moisture can make its way under the shingles. Tiny granules found on new shingles are part of the design, but they strip away under extreme conditions. You might see pebbles on the ground after the storm indicating roof damage.

Uplift Forces

Wind updrafts are what you need to worry about, reports Science Daily. Wind that moves along the ground will encounter your structure and lift up over it. The eaves become makeshift sails,leading to roof damage. Roofs secured to the walls with proper fasteners protect the home. Roofers will still need to examine these issues. Any loose fasteners can lead to roof failure under strong winds. 

Hail Strikes 

Hurricanes come with rain, winds, lightning and hailstorms. Divots may dot your rooftop after hail strikes and are more serious in nature. Be sure to have a professional roofer examine your roof as soon as the storm passes on. Hail divots that seem benign may have cracks in the underlayment below. 

Leaks Into Attic 

Hurricanes don't just impact the top of the roof either. As shingles shift in the wind, moisture finds its way into tiny cracks on the rooftop. You might see moisture or yellow staining in the attic afterward. This moisture damage can be severe if the rains continue in the region. Repairing the damage immediately after the storm is imperative. Water will corrode the home's interior if left unchecked. 

Penetrations Detaching From Roof 

There are many items that connect into the roof. Antennas, satellite dishes and skylights might detach from the structure. The detachment leaves an opening for wind and rain to further damage the roof. As they fall down, another damaged area develops. Objects that aren't attached to the roof, such as trees, can also be hazards. Weak tree branches falling onto the home will cause significant damages. 

Preparing for a Storm

You should have professionals evaluate the roof and repair any minor damage as soon as possible. We can suggest new materials that are designed for certain wind forces. From composite to concrete-tile shingles, we'll find a roofing material that meets your weather needs and budget. Keeping up with roofing repair issues will protect the home as much as possible during a storm. 

Contact Southside Roofing today at 337-856-ROOF for a free estimate