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How To Spot Storm Damage On Your Roof

June 29

Summer Storm Season Starts Homeowners in Florida encounter rough weather throughout the year, especially during summer. Hurricane season in Florida spans from the early summer to fall. From June to November, summer storms are likely to happen. Right now, in July, August, and September, Florida tends to have the worst weather when it is hot, humid, and wet.

Roof damage can happen after a significant storm. When you understand the storm damage that can occur to your roof and what steps to take, you will be better prepared for the future.

Severe Storm Season

Hailstorms can also happen in Florida and are most likely to occur in the spring and summer. Between March and July, hailstorms are likely to occur in May. When hailstorms happen, they don't last very long and average around 15 minutes. However, they can still cause problems for your roof if they are big enough to leave dents or marks on the shingles.

Other kinds of debris can cause damage to your roof during storms with strong winds like summer thunderstorms. Depending on how strong the winds are and how severe the storm is, debris-like branches can dent the surface of your shingles.

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Signs of Storm Damage

Strong winds and mainly hurricane-force winds can cause damage to your roof and property. When there are high winds, it can remove shingles from your roof. Then, the underlayment, or the roof's deck, will be exposed to the elements and susceptible to letting in moisture.

When moisture gets underneath the shingles and the protective waterproof layer, it can cause the wood frame below to rot, grow mold, and soften or warp. When wood rot gets bad, it can spread to other areas of your home and cause water damage to the ceilings and walls. This damage may be hard to see from the ground and outside your home.

Even one strong gust of wind can lift or curl the shingles. This breaks the waterproofed, layered seal in spots.

Tips for Storm Damage

What to do if you've experienced a severe thunderstorm? We have some tips for you to assess your roof visually.

It's not a good idea to climb up on your roof without experience. A professional can inspect your roof for damage safely. You can visually assess your roof by walking around the perimeter of your house. Keep a list and take pictures to document damage like dents, curled shingles, or missing shingles.

Damage to areas around your roof can affect the ability of your roof to keep out moisture. Checking the gutters, vents, and windows will help secure your home. Also, inspect the windows for torn screens, loose weather-stripping, and cracked or broken glass.

When you walk outside your home, look for tree limbs hanging down or damage to lawn furniture or other yard decorations.

Inside the home, look in your attic and ceilings for leaks or water spots. Light fixtures are also an area where water can leak in easily.

We Can Help

Whether you need replacement, inspection, renovation, or just an initial consultation, we have a qualified roofer that can assist you. If you have any questions about our wide range of services or would like to make an appointment, get in touch with us today. My Florida Roofing Contractor is the #1 industry roofer expert in Vero Beach, and we are happy to help!
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