Wind, hail, snow, and nearby tree limbs can all wreak havoc on your existing roof. Even when you take the time to cut back trees, you can't stop your roof from getting damaged in a bad storm. When you have hail, for example, this can cause asphalt shingles to crack or dimple. In high wind, shingles can be blown right off of your roof or weakened to the point that they allow in water. Healthy trees can help protect your roof from the hot sun, but an unhealthy tree is going to drop unwanted branches on your roof over time. Even when your roof doesn't get damaged, it is going to deteriorate as it gets older. The following signs can indicate that it's time to have your roof inspected and repaired.
If You Have a Hail Storm
If you live in an area that experiences hail storms, then you know what it sounds like to have hail bouncing off your roof. In a bad enough storm, hail can cause dimples, cracks, and other damage to your asphalt shingles, leaving them useless. When you see signs of a hail storm, have a roofing contractor take a look at your existing roof for damage. If you ignore any cracked or dimpled shingles, you can end up with a water leak in your home.
When the Wind Blows
Storms that produce winds in excess of 50 miles per hour can cause weak spots to develop in your roof. If you already have areas where the shingles are getting weak, these shingles can be blown off in a bad storm. You can probably see signs that you have missing shingles from the ground. The missing shingles need to be replaced right away to keep your property protected.
Falling Trees and Roof Damage
While a tree sitting on your roof is an obvious sign of damage, you may discover a big branch or tree next to your home. Look for signs that the branch hit your roof and then rolled to the ground. You may see scratches or tears in your roof depending on the size of the branch that fell. Shingles can get easily damaged by a falling branch and will need to be replaced.
Roof damage can occur after a bad storm or because of fallen tree branches that bounce off the roof on the way to the ground. Whenever you notice signs of damage to your roof, it's important to have the problem addressed right away.