Storm Damage to Watch Out For

By Stacy Mellete

Gulf Coast storms can ravage your roof in many different ways. These storms might not leave visible signs of damage all the time, but they usually affect your roofing system’s structural integrity one way or another.

As a local roofing contractor, Affordable Roofing Systems explains the most common forms of storm damage you can face:


High winds are the most destructive force in the state. They can tear off shingles or rip metal panels from poorly-built or old roofs. In extreme instances, they can destroy the entire roof and leave homes exposed to the elements.

Fortunately, a complete roof evaluation is an excellent preventive measure to reduce the risk of blow-offs. Our team can inspect problem areas, look for red flags and fix issues before the next storm arrives.


Roofs that survive hailstones are not necessarily in the clear. They usually incur some bruising from repeated impact, creating small perforations over time. Apart from the scratches on the roof surface, small holes in the gutters are telling signs of hail damage. Without replacing the affected gutters, these holes will allow water infiltration to happen and ruin your home’s curb appeal at the same time.


Leaks are often the culmination of unaddressed storm damage. Many homeowners don’t discover them until the rain falls, but attentive owners pay attention even when the sky is clear. One way to diagnose roof leaks is spotting the sunlight in a windowless attic. If the sun can pass through the roof, so can raindrops.

Detecting leaks is one thing; finding their location is another. Roof leakages generally don’t travel a linear path, so it can be tricky to track them without professional training and years of experience.

At Affordable Roofing Systems, we use a “quick response” approach to storm damage restoration, performing emergency repairs ASAP to prevent the situation from worsening. Even if you’ve never experienced problems after years of severe weather, scheduling a thorough roof evaluation every three years is a wise habit.

To schedule an appointment in Largo, Brandon, or Tampa, FL, and get a free estimate, call us today at (813) 542-8462.

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