Water Damage As A Result of Wind Damage

Loose Shingles

Storms can cause major damage to homes.  But for those who think that it is the rain, ice or snow that causes the damage, you stand corrected.  In fact, it is the wind that wreaks the most havoc on our roofs and houses.

Wind has the ability to rip shingles off the roofs or tear the gutters right away.  Even wind that may not be considered dangerous can do damage, if the roof is not maintained and there are loose shingles exposed to the elements.  Another area for concern is vents into crawlspaces.  While normally wind will not do much damage, if there are screws coming loose already, the wind will only help them along.

Water damage usually accompanies wind damage, as any weakening will inevitably let moisture in.  The first step in preventing the damage is to do a home inspection after any particularly strong storms.  It is so important in fact, that if you are not capable of doing it yourself, it is a good idea to hire someone.  Pinpointing any damage and making the appropriate repairs will prevent damage in the future and prolong the life of your roof and gutters.

 

There are many signs that point towards needing a new roof. Do you know what they are? As a homeowner your answer should be yes.Above all else, are there any shingles missing? If so, you may be in need of a new roof. This is not always the case, but usually holds true. At the very least, you need to hire a roofing contractor to assess the situation.Dark spots and trails often times point to a leaking roof or water damage. While this may only be effecting the outside of your home right now, soon enough the water may work its way to the inside. Is that what you want?

Are you noticing shingle granules in your gutter? Excessive amounts mean that your roof is wearing quickly, and will need to be replaced in the very near future.

These are a few signs that you need a new roof. Rather than continue to guess, now is the time to bring in a professional.