Every year, there is an average of about five hurricanes that strike the outlining coasts of the United States and impact millions of people in their paths. These massive tropical storms form out over the sea and carry with them high winds, hail, tornadoes, and multiple threats to homes and structures. If your home is located in an area where hurricanes commonly make landfall, you are bound to see some damage at some point during home ownership, and the roof is one of the most susceptible parts of the house. Take a look at some of the most common damages people see to their roof after a hurricane has blown through their area.
The Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale gives a categorical designation to every hurricane according to its wind speed. Wind speeds in these massive storms can be as low as 74 mph. The bigger storms can have wind speeds of more than 156 mph. If you have a shingled roof, these high wind speeds can leave you with missing shingles because the wind can rip the secured shingles right out of place without much effort. Missing shingles should be immediately replaced because the roof acts as a whole system. If one shingle is missing, it opens up a way for water to get beneath the roofing materials.
Hail Damage to Shingles
Hail is actually not common in a hurricane because the updraft of these storms is so strong, and the upper levels of the storm system have higher temperatures that melt hail before it hits the ground. However, hail is not completely unheard of, especially in the outer bands of a storm. The worst of it is if hail does come along with a hurricane, the incredible wind speeds can hurl the ice stones horizontally through the air at major speeds. One hailstone in a hurricane could be sent reeling across your roof, creating damage along its entire path.
Holes through Shingles and the Roof
The high wind speeds during a hurricane are known to be ongoing. Unlike a regular tornado in which wind speeds reach a peak while the tornado is moving through an area, hurricanes can have sustained wind speeds that stay in one localized area for a long period. Therefore, downed trees are really common during these storms. Downed trees and wind-thrown branches commonly pierce the roof of houses, which will mean damage to the shingles and the underlying structure of the roof itself.
To learn more about how to protect and repair your roof, contact companies like Liberty Exteriors LLC.