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Signs Your Houston Roof is at Risk This Hurricane Season

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is in full swing and we still have a ways to go before it's over at the end of November. Although Houston hasn't been impacted by any major hurricanes just yet, it is still possible. Additionally, the greater Houston area still experiences heavy storms at this time of year. With heavy storms, tropical storms, and hurricanes comes aggressive winds that can compromise the integrity of your roofing.

How Does Wind Damage Your Houston Roofing?

The biggest issue with heavy winds is that they toss around debris, such as garbage, branches, and even lawn decor. This kind of debris can easily puncture your rooftop shingles, which can then leave room for water leaks and allow for outside air to seep into your home. An often overlooked issue with wind is that it blows unevenly over surfaces, which can result in broken seals between shingles and the underlying plywood. This can create a chain reaction in which nearby shingles will also come loose and tear off, which can expose the rest of the structure to water damage, rot, and mold.

Telltale Signs Your Roof Has Sustained Wind Damage

If you're experiencing a period of heavy winds, inspect your roof as soon as possible and take note of any of the following issues.

Leaks

Leaks are the most obvious sign that wind damage has taken place on your roof, but sometimes the signs of wind damage are not as obvious. Be on the lookout for leaks in the attic, as this is the easiest way to help you find the source.

Curling Shingles

Another method to find out if your roof has experienced wind damage is to check the shingles. Are they laying flat or have some curled? It may be hard to notice curling shingles on top of the roof, so a better way to check is to look at the roof from below, since corner and edge shingles are most prone to curling.

Chimney Flashing

One more easy method to tell whether or not your roof has faced wind and storm damage is to check the chimney flashing. Chimney flashing is the material that encloses the space between the roof and the chimney and helps prevent water from entering it. The four most common types of flashing are aluminum, vinyl, steel, and copper. The kind of flashing used depends on the roofing material and the climate. Keep an eye out for any tears and/or buckling.

Repairing Your Wind-Damaged Roof 

Ensuring that your roof is intact is essential all year round, but with the increased risks for damage during the hurricane season, it is especially important. Our roof repair experts in Houston will gladly conduct a free roof inspection to determine whether you are in need of storm repairs. Our trained eyes will catch any compromised spots and offer the best, most affordable course of action for you.

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Hail Facts and How to Assess Hail Roof Damage

Contrary to popular belief it doesn't have to be chilly, icy, or snowy outside for a hail storm to occur. As it turns out, a majority of hail storms in the United States actually occur between the months of May and September. Coldness is still a factor at play in hail events, but only relative to the temperature at the height of the cloud-layer. Hail begins to form in storm clouds when the clouds sit at a temperature at or below freezing. Just because it's nice and warm outside, does not mean that it's just as warm higher up in the sky. Read on to learn about some little-known facts about hailstones, how they can damage your roof, and most importantly, how to deal with the damage.

Some Alarming Facts About Hail

1. The United States averages over 5,000 reports of large hail every year. To offer some more perspective, there is an average of only 1,000 reports of tornadoes each year.

2. Hailstones are far too light to fall to the ground at first. Hail forms as droplets inside storm clouds with the help of some wind that blows upwards. This wind pattern is known as an updraft and allows tiny hail droplets to fling around without falling, collecting more and more water as they move around. Eventually, these droplets grow bigger to a point where the updraft can no longer support their weight. Only then do these hailstones fall onto the ground, rooftops, and cars.

3. While we may not see large pieces of hail as often in the greater Houston area, all it takes is 1-inch hail to start causing damage to our rooftops. Visually, this is about the size of a quarter.

Identifying Hailstorm Damage on Your Roof

In order to assess the damage your home sustained during a hailstorm, it is best to check roof vents, shingles, chimneys, and skylights. When analyzing these areas, look for dents and chipping. Keep in mind that some signs are far more subtle than others, so look closely. When checking shingles for hail damage, wood shingles will tend to split, metal shingles will have obvious dents, and clay shingles will have visible cracks. Typical asphalt shingles will be a bit harder to examine. In some cases, you will notice large dents or spots where some surface granules are missing. In other cases, it will take a trained eye to see where hail damage has occurred. If missed or overlooked, this can lead to serious leaks.

Amstill Roofing Can Assess Roof Damage Caused by Hail

Although it is a good idea to wait out a storm and check on any damage your house may have faced, it is an even better idea to allow for trained eyes to take a look as well. Contact our roofing experts so that they can complete a free roof inspection for you after a storm, which will help when making insurance claims. Afterward, we will happily repair your roof to ensure long-lasting safety and protection.