Key Signs of Storm Damage in Dallas

Feb 13, 2022Blog, Dallas, Roofing

Most people who have moderate to severe storm damage inflicted upon their homes often cannot tell if they even have it. Some may think little of a leak in their ceiling, and some may think nothing of a few lost shingles, but they should, because storm damage is nothing to write off in the long-term.

Given the fact that you’re reading this, you likely live in Dallas, Texas. If that’s the case, then you must know the telltale signs of storm damage. The reason for this is that remaining ignorant to the signs and symptoms of storm damage in your home could allow for existing damage to worsen, which is detrimental to the health of you and your family, and also more expensive to repair.

First off, let’s look at the most common kinds of weather that you can expect to do the most damage to your home in Dallas.

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Strong Winds

Wind is one of the worst offenders of broken windows and missing roof shingles. When heavy gales come your way, you can sometimes expect a decent amount of damage to be inflicted upon your home.

Missing shingles may not seem like that big of a deal, but they’re not just to make your roof look pretty. Shingles act as a protective layer for your roof, and if they start coming up missing or damaged, your roof could be at risk of further damage from the elements, which will likely lead to a leaky roof.

Torrential Downpours

You can think of downpours as the friend to strong winds, because they will team up to do the most damage to your roof that they can. After your roof has been damaged by speeding winds, rain will begin to leak into the hole or holes that the winds helped to create, if not directly created.

If rain begins to leak through the holes in your roof, you can expect mold and wood rot to follow closely behind. Water damage is one of the worst and most common types of damages to have happen to your house, because dampness enables mold to grow more efficiently, and the mold spores may negatively impact you and your family’s health.

Wood rot is no laughing matter either, because the longer it goes untreated, the more wood will be affected by the moisture of the rain. When the wood begins to rot, the structure of your home then comes into question, and what usually comes next is having to vacate your home until the affected wood in your house is replaced.

Hail

Hail is obviously one of the most destructive forces of nature. It can range in size from less than an inch to the size of a golf ball. Hail is responsible for many broken windows and roofs across Dallas and can easily put a sizeable hole in your roof, leading to significant leakage.

How To Spot The Signs Of Storm Damage

Learning how to spot storm damage can save you the hassle of spending even more money to fix worsening damage, as well as keeping you and your family safe from the elements, mold spores, and the possibility of structural collapse.

Now that we’ve listed the kind of weather that you can expect in Dallas and what kind of damage that it can cause, we’re going to move on to how to spot the signs of storm damage in your home.

How to Spot Wood Rot

At first, you may notice a sort of “musty” smell. Think of something like an old attic, for example. You will likely smell this odor as the rot progresses. However, that isn’t the only sign of wood rot.

The wood that supports your roof may become discolored, appear more splintered, and may even appear shrunken. As the rot progresses, you may notice this in other pieces of wood around your home.

Of course, noticing excessive dampness within or around the affected wood is another dead giveaway, and it shouldn’t be written off or overlooked if you notice it. Furthermore, if you notice paint that is flaking off or otherwise peeling on a piece of wood in your home, this could also be another indicator of wood rot.

How to Spot Wind & Hail Damage on Your Roof

Wind and hail damage are far easier to spot. If you have a tall and sturdy ladder, you can climb up on top of your roof and likely check your shingles. If some of your shingles appear to be cracked, or if some of them are missing, then you can expect further damage to occur from future storms, creating holes in your roof.

What Could Happen If You Don’t Act?

As we’ve already said, missing or broken shingles can give way to further damage to your roof. If the holes in your roof go untreated, more and more rain will pour in through the holes, which will allow for wood rot fungus to spread throughout the wood of your home, and in such cases, black mold has been known to form, which can cause respiratory illness in people, especially in those with compromised respiratory systems.

Aside from the negative health effects on you and your family, wood rot can also potentially lead to structural collapse, depending on how far the rot has spread throughout your home. For this reason, it’s necessary to know the number of a professional roofing contractor with fair rates and a great track record of quality work.

JL Moore Construction is one such contractor who can get the job done in an efficient, timely manner. If your home has any of the previously mentioned storm damage, you can count on JL Moore Construction to give you and your family peace of mind. Do yourself a favor and stop worrying now.

Call us today: 214-940-3200