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Roofing systems are designed to withstand all manner of inclement weather conditions, including gusting winds, freezing rain, excessive heat and heavy snowfall. While a roof is exceptionally durable, even the sturdiest of roofs may suffer damage following inclement weather. The extent of the damage will depend on the nature of the storm along with several other factors, so homeowners should always take some time to inspect the roof for damage in the immediate aftermath. Understanding what to look for and being attentive to the weather conditions will be helpful in determining when it is necessary to call on professional Chesapeake roofers for assistance.

Of all the potentially adverse weather conditions, storms that include high winds or hail are often the most likely to cause damage that goes undetected or unaddressed. These storms can pass through an area quickly, but that does not mean they are not capable of producing widespread damage. Any time a storm includes gusting winds, hail or even just heavy rain, the homeowner should check the roof for signs of degradation. High winds may cause the shingles to curl up or tear away from the roof altogether, leading to the underlayment being exposed and therefore prone to leaking water.

Hail of any size can also result in significant damage, putting pockmarks and dents into the shingles while also causing granule loss.

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The absence of dents or other markings does not necessarily mean the granules were not adversely affected, so it is always best for the homeowner to closely inspect the shingles whenever possible. Shingle pockmarks, dents and granule loss all play a role in reducing shingle efficacy when it comes to reflecting UV light and protecting the underlayment and sheathing from water damage during subsequent storms.

Even if there is no damage evident on the exterior of the roof following a storm, the homeowner should still check the interior for any signs of water damage. If water has made its way through the roofing system and into the attic, it is vital that the source of the leak is identified and addressed as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. This is also true of the exterior components that have sustained damage, as allowing these components to go unrepaired will likely lead to more extensive issues in the future. A few broken or dented shingles will not require the entire roof to be replaced, but delaying repair and leaving the underlayment exposed for any length of time may significantly and unnecessarily reduce the lifespan of the roof.

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