In Florida, hurricanes are a part of life. Although sometimes there’s enough advance warning to prepare for the onset of heavy winds and torrential rains, each hurricane brings with it the possibility of severe property damage. Here is a look at how hurricane force wind can damage your home’s roofing.
As every Florida resident knows, hurricane rainfall can cause much more damage than the average shower. Hurricane rain is driven by heavy winds and can strike at high velocities. It also falls in much larger quantities for long periods of time. These factors can make it a unique threat to your roof. Over a prolonged period of time, wind-driven rain can permeate even the slightest vulnerability in your roof, leading to roof leaks. In addition to causing structural damage in your home, leaks can lead to mold growth and roof collapse.
- Damaged Shingles
Not only can they cause roof collapses through wind-driven rain, hurricane winds can also tear off portions of your roof altogether. Conventional, shingled roofs are particularly susceptible to this problem. When the winds are extremely high, shingles can fly off your roof, making your home even more vulnerable to water damage.
The extent of hurricane damage depends heavily on the severity the hurricane. While less powerful storms and tropical depressions are certainly still capable of causing roof damage, they are easier to deal with than much more powerful hurricanes. As storms get more powerful, the potential damage they can cause also increases. The most severe hurricanes can tear your roof off altogether. For this reason it is important to prepare your roofing for any possibility. To learn more about how hurricane-force winds can damage roofing and what you can do to minimize damage, call Hercules Roofing in Florida at (561) 955-9889.