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Hurricanes Damage: What Tropical Storms Do to Your Roof

Last week we in the Midwest thanked Hurricane Isaac for bringing in some much-needed rain. However, there were many folks in the South who weren’t as grateful for the storm. Instead of enjoying a casual soaking, they experienced the strong effects of the storm which ranged from deluges of rain to high winds of up to 75 mph. And in an area that was recalling the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Isaac wasn’t such a welcome sight.

It had only been seven years ago that the same region had experienced the most costly and deadly Atlantic hurricane in history when Hurricane Katrina flattened many cities and communities in its path. Most notable was New Orleans, Louisiana, which, despite a mandatory evacuation, still lost more than 1,400 of its citizens to the storm. And, while the loss of life was the most tragic effect, the loss of major structures and properties were also devastating.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. got to see firsthand the kind of extreme damage that a major storm can have on even the most sturdy of buildings. As thousands of New Orleans citizens sought shelter in the New Orleans Superdome—one of the NFL’s largest stadiums—they found that not even a sizable sports facility could withstand the 125 mph winds as the Superdome’s roof was ripped away in multiple places leaving the field and its inhabitants exposed.

Here in the Midwest we don’t have to deal with hurricanes, but we can certainly relate to the high winds of storms, as tornadoes pose our greatest threat. And, when high winds from storms reach our houses and properties, one of the first things to take a beating is our roofs.

During a hurricane, many homes experience what is called roof lifting. In these cases, roofs with low slopes take on the nature of airplane wings with strong winds actually lifting them from the house. If the roof goes and takes along with it the joists that hold the tops of the house’s walls together the property will be destroyed. While that is a worst-case-scenario, it happens often in hurricanes, and whether or not the rest of the house remains intact, it is impossible to restore. If, however, a homeowner retains his or her roof, there will still likely be damage. Shingles can be torn or lost, and the hail could have caused bruises and dents in the structure. The flashings could have been stripped away along with gutters and other key elements of the house overall.

At Adamstree Roofing, we know what roof damage looks like, and we know what causes it—extreme weather being the main culprit. And because our trade can be so important when it comes to rebuilding after devastation, we want to do all we can to help home and property owners pick up the pieces and get back on their feet, specifically when it comes to roof repair.

For this reason, as more storms fire up this fall in the area and around the country, we want to assure our customers that we are ready to help when they pass. Whether you need a total roof replacement or smaller repairs, our team will assess the damage for free and offer you our best advice, letting you make the final decision on what is done. As proud citizens of the Kansas City metro area, we at Adamstree Roofing believe in serving our community and putting our skills to work for its benefit. In fact, we believe in our country, too, and are willing to travel to areas that have been affected by major storms if we can help in the roof restoration process.

So, if your roof has taken a beating from wind, hail or weather of any kind, contact us for a free inspection. Don’t leave your house or your family uncovered and unprotected. Call us today!

  1. KellyKelly09-10-2012

    The rain was needed all over the country but it is bad for sad for us in the southern states that it had to come in the from of a Hurricane. It is interesting to know how the roofs get taken off of houses.

  2. Woodland ShoresWoodland Shores09-10-2012

    Wind and water combined can be devastating. If someone’s roof isn’t cut out for the elements subjected to it, then the resident underneath it is asking for trouble.

  3. Climate ControlClimate Control09-10-2012

    Roof lifting sounds terrible – but it also sounds like there is no way around any type of damage in a hurricane.

  4. I have never seen the effects of a hurricane first hand, but I know they are as devastating as any severe weather can be on structures. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am glad that we don’t have to worry about hurricane damage in Kansas, the damage is much more widespread compared to damage from a tornado (typically).

  6. We are getting to that season. This is a great article to help you prepare and what to do if something does happen to your house.

  7. DataComm PlusDataComm Plus09-11-2012

    So glad we don’t have hurricanes in our area! Wind and water damage together doesn’t sound like anything I ever want to deal with!

  8. The roof is the head of the house, not the person running it from the inside. Without the head, the body falls. People in hurricane zones need to make sure their roofs have been as reinforced as possible. The cost of a brand-new roof greatly outweighs the price of reinforcing an existing one.

  9. Glad there are no hurricanes in Michigan! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hurricane damage can be detrimental to a house. making sure you have proper insurance and having a game plan ahead of time is crucial during this time of the year.

  11. Sever weather that can rip off a roof is very frightening. I cannot imagine how individuals in the South felt when Hurricane Isaac stopped by a few years after Katrina.

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