How Tornado Season Can Affect Your Roof

Tornado season in the Midwest runs from mid-March to June. Missouri is located in "tornado alley" and is considered a high risk area for tornado activity. Keep reading to learn more about tornadoes and what kind of damage they can do to your roof from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company!

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. Wind speeds can reach up to 300 mph, causing damage to large buildings, uprooting trees and hurling vehicles hundreds of yards. Even if a tornado doesn't directly hit your property, you could still experience damage from the accompanying wind and hail. Tornado paths range from 100 yards to 2.6 miles wide and are rarely more than 15 miles long. They can last anywhere from several seconds to more than an hour; however, they rarely last more than 10 minutes. Most tornadoes travel from the southwest to the northeast with an average speed of 30 mph, but speeds of up to 70 mph have also been observed.

Possible Damage from a Tornado 

Depending on the severity of the storm and the wind speed, roof damage can range from minor issues to devastating circumstances. Here's a list of possible roof damage you could expect from a tornado, from light damage to severe damage:
  • Blown off shingles 
  • Hail damage to roof and/or gutters
  • Peeled off roof surface 
  • Damage to gutters and/or siding 
  • Broken tree branches (thrown into roof)
  • Shallow-rooted trees pushed over (onto roof)
  • Severely stripped roof 
  • Roofs torn completely off 
  • Large trees snapped or uprooted (falling on roof)
  • Light-object missiles generated (thrown into roof) 
  • Entire homes destroyed 
Even if you can't physically see storm damage to your roof, you should have it checked out after a severe weather event. Hail damage can be difficult to spot from the ground, but can greatly affect the integrity of your roof. Storm damage left unaddressed can lead to more costly roof repairs or even roof replacement in the future. With free roof inspections available through Above & Beyond Roofing, why wouldn't you want piece of mind knowing your roof is protecting your home to the best of its ability? 

Above & Beyond Roofing

Whether you're just being proactive, you're missing a few shingles or your roof was completely destroyed in a storm, our Lake of the Ozarks roofers are here to help you examine, repair or rebuild your roof. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as free estimates. Often times storm damage goes unnoticed, leading to major roofing problems down the road. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 and make sure your roof is prepared for the storm season ahead.

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