East Coast weather raises threat of roof storm damage all year long
Some parts of the country brace for one or two types of severe weather each year. Here in the eastern United States, however, we can see rough weather in any season. That means roof storm damage is a real possibility, all year long.
The hills and valleys of the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions, coupled with air currents from the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean create fast-moving, hard-hitting storms. We’ve seen our share.
The day of the derecho
On June 29, 2012, the North American Derecho hit Washington, D.C. and 10 states in the vicinity. Derechos are severe thunderstorms known for their severe wind damage. Because they travel in a linear pattern, derechos often last a long time and affect a larger area than most thunderstorms.
The affected regions get blasted from the start of the system to the end, as shown in this aerial imagery:
Some areas saw hail the size of golf balls. Countless reports of damage to asphalt shingle roofs came in as tree branches snapped, wind gusted up to 80 miles per hour and hail the size of golf balls flew. The storm caused 13 fatalities — many of them caused by fallen trees.
How bad was the roof storm damage from this storm? These photos from NBCWashington.com show some of the extensive roof storm damage:
Jonas: A whale of a winter storm
Next on our list is Winter Storm “Jonas.” On Jan. 22-23, 2016, Jonas broke snowfall records in many cities along the Atlantic Cost.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reclassified this storm from a Category 4 event to a Category 5 event – the worst of its kind – after reviewing regional snowfall totals. Blizzard-like conditions left residents up and down the East Coast digging out for days.
A brutal storm like Jonas can fuel a scenario on your roof known as ice damming.
Ice damming can cause some serious damage to your roof. When ice damming occurs it, usually means that a roof doesn’t have proper ventilation.
Good attic ventilation coupled with quality underlayment are two of your roof’s best defenses against ice damming and damage from storms like Jonas.
Accidents can happen without warning, but performing seasonal inspections and making sure that repairs are made right away may help prevent devastation like this.
Hurricanes: Hard to forget
While most people think of hurricanes as a Deep South phenomenon, homes throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region are also vulnerable. In 2012, climatecentral.org listed Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va. as the fourth most vulnerable city in the U.S. to be hit by hurricanes.
Hurricane Isabel (2003) was the costliest disaster in Virginia state history. As many as 9,000 homes were destroyed or damaged at a cost of almost $2 billion.
How to minimize roof storm damage
- Inspect your roof spring and fall to prevent seasonal roof damage. Learn how.
- Don’t wait too long when you need a new roof. Read about three critical signs you need a roof replacement.
Concerned about roof storm damage?
When rough weather strikes, your roof can suffer. If you need a roof replacement, check with Long Roofing. Then, when bad weather comes back (and it will), you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your roof is solid and strong for decades to come.
Contact Long Roofing at (800) 417-5664 or visit us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation or find answers to any home roofing questions. Ask us about our industry-leading 50-year roofing warranty.