The roof of your home is your initial line of protection from the weather conditions. On a sun-drenched day the sunshine can heat your homes roof to incredible temperatures. On a rainy day it's the first to get drenched from the rain. On a windy day the asphalt shingles could get blown or torn from the property. Lastly, on those stormy days, a hail storm can assault your homes roof and cause many thousands of dollars worth of damage. Call TNK Construction to schedule a free inspection.
In 2009 hail storms precipitated in excess of $1.2 billion worth of property damage in the US. Often times this type of damage will not be apparent until other parts in your home have been damaged.
Hail strikes result in a reduction in the life span of your asphalt shingles. Any time hail hits the asphalt shingles the top layer of granules is removed from the matting producing damage in the form of tiny circular marks on the asphalt shingles. These kinds of little marks ultimately cause leaks triggering costlier damage which include internal sheet rock decay and top roof decking damage.
It may take months or several years for leaks to form around these marks, but the ultimate cause is the hail. Postponed maintenance can cause a lapse in the statute of limitations given by the home-owners insurance provider leaving you, the homeowner, liable for all the maintenance needed. For this reason it's very important to have a timely inspection for your roof. You should not hold off until you see a leak to call a specialist.
Wind damage occurs when powerful gusts of wind blow the shingles in such a way that it will cause them to crease, crack, or blow totally off the roof decking. Creased or cracked asphalt shingles get weaker and will certainly continue to blow back in upcoming storms. As the shingle tabs continue to get blown back and forth upon the stressed crease, the asphalt shingle could ultimately pull away and cause the roof decking to be exposed to the weather.
Other times asphalt shingles can lift up from the shingle underneath it enough for debris to lodge directly below. When debris is beneath the shingle, it will no longer adequately adhere to the roofing. These sorts of damage will affect the integrity of the roof producing leaking and additional damage.
The only way to know for sure the type of damage you have would be to have an experienced TNK Specialist thoroughly check out your homes roof. A professional can help you determine if you need the roof replaced.