Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Storm Damage to Shingles

When choosing the type of shingles you want for your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are many factors that come into play. Depending on the climate in the area where you live, some shingles would be better than others.  If you live in areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or other dangerous storms, different shingles will work better than others.  The National Storm Damage Center provides great information on the different ways shingles can be damaged by storms.

3-Tab Shingles 


These asphalt shingles are highly susceptible to hail and wind damage. When hail strikes a 3-tab shingle, the impact causes the granules to be knocked off, exposing the base to the sun and elements. This can cause a number of problems including leaking, cracking, curling and shortened lifespan.  A tornado or strong winds can tear these shingles off, leaving your home unprotected from the elements. Long term exposure to these elements can cause wood rot and structural compromise, which can even lead to your roof caving in.  If your home has been hit by a storm, you should schedule a Lake of the Ozarks roof inspection as soon as possible.

Architectural Shingles 


These shingles are becoming popular due to their value appearance and greater storm resistance. Although they are heavier and more substantial than 3-tab shingles, they can still be damaged during a moderate to severe hail, windstorm or tornado.    Even on an impact resistant roof, hail can cause cracking, tearing, split seams and compromise the overall integrity of the shingle, leading to water damage, leaking and staining on the walls and ceiling inside your home. Missing shingles break the water seal and expose your roof to damage from future storms.

T-Lock Shingles 


These shingles were first introduced as a high-wind resistant alternative to 3-tab shingles, but have now been discontinued since 2005.  Just like with the 3-tab shingles, hail knocks off the granules creating a bruise, causing the shingle to lose ability to protect your home from sun, UV rays, moisture and leaks.  Since these shingles are no longer manufactured and cannot be repaired, chances are if you have roof damage, you will qualify for a full roof replacement, with new modern materials.

Designer Shingles 


These shingles outperform basic shingles and may offer features such as impact resistance, fungus resistance and longer warranties. As with other reinforced asphalt shingles, loss of protective granules, cracking, split seams, and missing shingles are common after a severe hailstorm or tornado. If you have a designer shingle, it is important to remember that storm damage can seriously impact the life of your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as its ability to protect your home from damaging UV-rays, moisture and other elements.

Shake Shingles


These shingles are highly durable, resist sun, insects and stand up well in heavy rainstorms and moderate hail and wind storms.  However, since moisture is woods enemy, they tend to be installed in drier climates and require ongoing maintenance.  In areas prone to fires, these roofs should be treated with a fire retardant. While shake shingles outperform asphalt shingles in light to moderate weather, severe wind, hail storms and tornadoes can do serious damage to shake shingles, including cracking, splitting, and leaking, which may not be evident from street level. If your home has shake shingles and has been hit by a heavy storm, such as hail, wind, or a tornado, you should have a full damage inspection performed as soon as possible.

Tile Shingles 


These shingles are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices due to their beauty, high durability, energy efficiency and high fire resistance.  In high wind, hurricane and tornado prone areas, tile shingles are especially popular. They require little maintenance and carry a Class A fire rating which can even reduce the cost of your property insurance.  While tile shingles outperform asphalt shingles, severe hail can crack or break them.  High winds can rip tile shingles off, leaving the underside exposed. If your home has tile shingles and has been hit by a severe hailstorm, windstorm or tornado, you'll want to stay off of your roof because walking on it can cause additional damage, which may not be covered by your insurance policy.

If you suspect storm damage on your Lake of the Ozarks roof, give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your FREE inspection.  Above & Beyond Roofing, LLC, is your locally owned residential and commercial roofing specialist, serving the Lake of the Ozarks area since 2004.  The company's staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry. The owner alone has 15+ years of experience.

Source: http://stormdamagecenter.org/shingle-damage.html

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