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How Spring Severe Storms Impact Your Roof

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severe storms impact your roof

Introduction: When it comes to protecting our homes, few things are as crucial as a sturdy roof. It's our first line of defense against the elements, shielding us from rain, snow, and harsh sunlight. However, severe weather can put even the strongest roofs to the test. From hailstorms to tornadoes, spring severe storms will inevitably impact your roof. In this blog post, we'll explore how severe weather impacts roofs, focusing on three main culprits: hail, straight-line winds, and tornadoes. Also, what you should do after a severe storm hit your house. Understanding the threats posed by these weather phenomena is the first step towards ensuring the resilience of our homes.


Hail:

Hailstones ranging from pea-sized to softball ball-sized can pummel rooftops with incredible force, causing dents, cracks, and even punctures. Alabama's record hailstones measured at 5.38" during a Cullman, AL hailstorm in 2018.

The impact of hail can weaken the structural integrity of roofing materials, making them more susceptible to leaks and further damage.

• Asphalt shingles are particularly vulnerable to hail damage, with granule loss and bruising being common signs of impact. Leaks in the roof will typically follow and here's what you should do if you have a leaky roof.

• Depending on the severity of the hailstorm, entire sections of the roof may need to be replaced to restore its protective function.



Straight-Line Winds:

• Unlike tornadoes, which rotate, straight-line winds blow in a single direction and can reach speeds equivalent to those of weak tornadoes. It's not uncommon to have 60+ mph winds in one of these storms here in Alabama. The roofers near me are all to familiar with these type of storms.

• These powerful winds can lift and remove roofing materials, such as shingles and tiles, leaving underlying structures exposed to water damage, which you can find more information here about how to identify and fix a leaky roof.

• In extreme cases, straight-line winds can cause widespread devastation across entire neighborhoods, leaving behind a trail of debris and destruction.


Tornadoes: • Tornadoes are among the most destructive forces of nature, capable of tearing roofs off homes and reducing them to rubble within seconds.

• The rotating winds of a tornado exert tremendous pressure on rooftops, often resulting in catastrophic damage to both residential and commercial properties.

• Roof-mounted structures, such as chimneys and ventilation systems, are particularly vulnerable to being torn away by the intense winds of a tornado.

• In addition to wind damage, tornadoes can also generate flying debris that can puncture and penetrate roofs, further compounding the destruction.


Conclusion: As homeowners, it's essential to be proactive in safeguarding our roofs against the ravages of severe weather. Your insurance company should be aware of your situation if ever you find yourself in a bad situation after a severe storm. Regular inspections, timely repairs, and the use of durable roofing materials can help mitigate the risk of damage and ensure the long-term integrity of our homes. While we cannot control the weather, we can take steps to fortify our defenses and weather the storm with resilience. As always you can contact Idea Roofing, a local roofing company in Helena, AL, for a free inspection at 205-901-0401.

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