We all know that living in Texas brings with it a myriad of weather and storms. Durability Roofing and Construction would like to share with you 6 types of weather-related roofing damage which are familiar to Texas, and what to expect if that weather damage happens.
Even though hailstorms can be wildly unpredictable and can bring with them a wide-rage of damage to roofs, they are one of the most common weather-related insurance claims in Texas (which is why it is always wise to have hail damage insurance). While the size of the hail will certainly have an impact on the damage to your roof, the type of roof you have also matters. For example, metal, although maybe not the most eye-appealing, can withstand more than most other roofing materials. While it may dent under the impact of falling hail, metal is more adverse to breaking apart.
Straight-line winds can bring with them some power, as well as the ability to pick and carry other objects, thus creating unimagined damage to your roof. This is once again, like hail, another situation where you as a property owner should more than likely have some form of wind insurance. On its own, wind can rip apart various sections of roof, while also knocking down branches, powerlines, and other items.
One of, if not the most, dangerous type of storms Texans, or anyone, for that matter, can endure, is a hurricane. Especially prevalent along the Gulf Coast of Texas, these sometimes monster storms can cause water damage to your roof, and sometimes, in the worst-case scenario, require a property owner to completely replace their roof.
Another one of those erratic Texas weather patterns, ice storms can bring hidden damage that may not be noticed right away. Therefore, once it is safe to do so, one of the main steps a homeowner should take after an ice storm is to check for frozen and clogged gutters, as well as sitting ice chunks or blocks on the roof. You should then remove the ice as carefully as possible. Failure to do so properly can lead to extensive exterior and interior damage.
Like hurricanes, tornados are another type of weather system which can turn dangerous quickly – and another type of weather system which we here in Texas see. Tornadoes tend to be a combination of the wind damage we talked about in the Straight-Line Wind section and the water damage we talked about in the Hurricane section. In addition to all that, tornadoes are known to pull materials up, or off of your roof, sometimes blowing the materials away onto someone else’s roof, or dropping the materials back down onto your roof from a higher elevation.
However undoubtedly pretty, this summertime staple can inflict damage in the blink of an eye, sometimes causing fires which can get out of control pretty quickly. Lightning can strike from miles away and when there seems to be no apparent storms in your vicinity.
At the end of the day, two steps can be taken to minimize your risk as a homeowner in Texas: 1) Shop for insurance which can cover most weather-related damage and 2) Try your best to have top weather-resistant materials installed on your roof by a roofing specialist.