A roof over your head means you get to stay dry in the rain and get some shade under the sun. A sturdy roof is one that can stick to those duties and keep your house free of improvised indoor waterfalls, and keep the heat on when the cold starts to creep.
When you live in San Antonio, however, it’s not just the usual rain and shine. You have to deal with scorching heat and merciless winters. On occasion, you need protection from battering hurricanes and hailstorms that happen even during summer. This means you need a roof that can withstand them all. Surprisingly, the greater threats aren’t the whipping winds and the hails chunks the size of tennis balls, it’s much more subtle.
Constant exposure to hot and cold can warp corrugated iron, cause cracks in shingles, and cause rubber roofing to brittle up. Wind and hail can cause shingles to crack and downright be blown away.
When Should You Consider Repair?
The signs are pretty obvious, such as water leaking into the house, an actual hole, or mold. Yet there are ways to identify them earlier on. It’s better to make small repairs on a more frequent scale than a big repair significant damage has been done. It only takes one cracked shingle and one lucky (or unlucky) hail chunk to break through your roofing and splinter your ceiling.
For shingles, watch out for the following:
- Granules on your roof or your gutter – You may not see cracks in your shingled roofing, but if you start seeing little stone dust, it’s time to get a closer look.
- Dark Spots or Discoloration – Shingles often have a darker color under the top layer or at least a different one. Spots and discoloration could mean there are cracks under the shingle.
For Metal Roofs and Corrugated Iron, watch out for the following:
- Dents – Damage to metal roofs are the easiest to spot. They are resistant to hail, but you can easily see the dents. Through metal roofing can dent, it doesn’t easily split, but be aware of the dents close to where the layers overlap. It can create gaps where moisture can enter and cause gradual but significant damage to the wood and insulation below.
- Paint Skids – Depending on the roof angle and the direction of the hail chunks, it could cause a glancing blow or a straight impact. What’s worrying about skids is that they may have small holes or cracks in them, so it’s best to inspect them early.
Should I Consider Getting Professional Help?
Yes, especially so in two cases. One, you see the signs that there’s a subtle problem, but don’t know how to fix it. Two, you have insurance that covers roof damage. Most insurance companies won’t cover expenses unless a professional has assessed the damage on your roof.
In San Antonio and other areas where hail and storms are frequent, there are roofing contractors that will show up after a severe storm. Beware of these people as they will only cover surface issues with the cheapest materials they can get. They don’t address deeper problems and charge you as if they did.