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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.