How To Minimize Storm-Related Roof Damage
Whether you have solar paneling or a more traditional roof, a strong storm can do major damage. There are many types of storm damage, including panel damage, that could befall the roof of your Hibsaw, OK, home.
Damage to Solar Panels
Solar roofing is available in both panel and shingle form. Both styles are durable, but they can suffer many forms of damage, including
- Sealant degradation
Panel damage can affect the roof’s energy output. For example, scratches decrease the amount of sunlight the panel can absorb for conversion. Keeping your solar roof clean will minimize scratches. If one area of a panel is damaged, then the entire panel may be affected. Installing smaller panels makes this issue less problematic.
Damage to Traditional Roof Styles
Asphalt shingles and metal roofs are more common than solar roofing. Fortunately, when properly installed and maintained, they should hold up well to most weather events. Strong storms, however, can cause the following types of roof damage:
- Broken shingles
- Missing shingles
- Broken or misshapen flashing
- Punctured metal roofing
After a heavy storm, inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional to inspect it. Take care of any problems as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If the damage led to a leak, stop the leak and dry up the water within 24 hours to prevent mold growth. An experienced restoration team can help you with the water damage restoration process if necessary.
As with solar roofing, routine maintenance is key. Storms often exacerbate weak spots, so it is important to perform regular inspections to catch problems early.
After a storm, your roof may have solar panel damage, missing asphalt shingles or any number of other problems. Routine maintenance can keep your roof in good shape to weather storms, and an inspection afterward enables you to repair any damage before it becomes a serious problem.