How Nor’easters Can Impact Your Roof

How Severe Storms and Nor’easters Can Damage Your Roof

Nor’easters are incredibly destructive, bringing with them a mix of heavy rain, snow, and gale-force winds. It’s therefore no surprise that they can cause roof damage. The good news? There are steps you can take before a storm or Nor’easter hits to minimize the risk of damage. Here’s what to know about storms and ways to safeguard your roof and your home.

Storm Damage to Your Roof From High Winds

A Nor’easter is a powerful storm that happens when warm air over the Atlantic Ocean clashes with arctic cold from the north and west. These storms generally hit the East Coast with high-powered winds that intensify quickly, causing all kinds of damage.

For instance, they can rip off shingles, tiles, and even the roof deck, leaving your home vulnerable to further damage. In addition, gutters can detach due to high winds, leading to water damage in other parts of your home.

Flying debris is yet another threat. Tree limbs, outdoor furniture, and other objects can be thrown against your roof, puncturing shingles. These small holes often go unnoticed until there’s a leak, making a professional roof inspection crucial after every severe storm or Nor'easters.

Heavy Rain and Water Damage to Your Roof

Heavy rain from a Nor'easter and other severe storms can also damage your roof. While roofs are designed to withstand the elements, the sheer volume of water causes problems, especially if the roof is already compromised in spots.

Water can seep through any gaps into the attic or ceilings. This not only leads to structural issues but can trigger mold growth, as well.  

It’s just another reason to schedule a roof inspection after a Nor'easter or severe storm. A reputable roofing contractor will check to ensure that your roof is still water tight and resistant to heavy rain and snowfall. This minimizes the potential for future roof damage.

The Impact of Hailstorms on Your Roof During a Nor’easter

Hail can also fall during Nor’easters, causing substantial damage to your roof. Hailstones can range in size from small pellets to large chunks of ice, cracking shingles, tearing off granules, and creating holes in your roof.

Roof damage from a hail storm may not always be immediately visible, but it can significantly reduce the lifespan of your roof. Even minor cracks or dents from hail can compromise your roof's integrity and produce leaks. A professional roofing company can assess the extent of hail damage and recommend repairs or a roof replacement.

How Heavy, Wet Snow Can Damage Your Roof

Heavy snowfall is another common occurrence during a Nor’easter storm that can damage your roof. In fact, if the snow is wet and heavy, it can cause tree limbs to crash down onto your roof, producing major damage. The snow itself can also weigh down your roof, leading to leaks, water damage, and the formation of ice dams.

If a tree limb has fallen on your roof, or it’s been hit by heavy, wet snow from a Nor’easter, call a qualified roofing contractor to immediately. They will inspect and identify damaged areas to determine if repairs are needed.

How to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

To minimize damage from a Nor'easter or other severe storm, it’s vital to keep your roof in good condition. A professional can help with the job by performing regular inspections to identify potential weak spots and provide fixes before they become major problems. Some other tips include:

· Checking shingles, tiles, and gutters to make sure they are secure

· Trimming back trees that reach over your roof

· Securing outdoor items to reduce the risk of damage from flying debris

· Investing in a new roof designed for resistance to high winds

Get Professional Help With Storm Damage to Your Roof

After a Nor'easter or severe storm, always have a professional roofing company assess your roof for any hidden damage. Even minor issues can escalate if left unchecked. If you suspect your roof has been damaged by a storm or you’re interested in wind-resistant roofing options, contact Midland Roofing for a FREE consultation.

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