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How do Storms Damage Shingles?

Have you ever wondered how storms damage the shingles on your roof? How does storm damage affect your shingles and their ability to protect your home from the elements? We want to take a moment to look at the damage storms cause to your shingles, and how this affects your homes protection.

Let’s look at hail damage first. What happens to a shingle when it is struck by hail?

  • Granule Loss
    • The granules on your roof serve multiple purposes. They provide UV protection, as well as adding weight, color and dimension to your roof. Over time your shingles have natural granule loss, but when they are hit by hail that loss is accelerated, which rapidly decreases their ability to protect your home.
  • Bruising
    • When a severe hailstorm hits, the granular loss may be accompanied by bruising of the fiberglass mat, which drastically shortens the lifespan of your roof.
  • Cracks
    • The hail impact points may also result in cracks in the shingles, which may be even more apparent when wind causes the shingle to fold where cracks have developed.

In addition to Hail, wind can cause significant damage on your roof. When a shingle suffers wind damage the following things might happen:

  • Flipping
    • This occurs when the wind lifts the shingle where the adhesive has begun to wear down and creates a fold in the shingle, leading to granular loss at the fold, and ultimately decreasing the effectiveness of your shingles to protect your home.
  • Tearing
    • Heavier wind can lead to shingles tearing completely off the shingle strip, leaving the fiberglass mat exposed and drastically decreasing your roofs lifespan.

The above storm damage can be easily identified with our state-of-the-art drone and AI technology. When significant storm damage is found, a replacement roof will most likely be covered by your insurance policy.

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