Most tornado damage is done by high winds, up to 300 MPH, and flying debris. Tornado winds are measured on the F-Scale (Fujita Scale) which rates the degree of intensity of the wind, and likelihood of damage. So, if you hear a report of an F-3 tornado heading your way, you can be assured that it will cause serious damage to the structures in its path, whereas an F-0 tornado is much less likely to cause serious damage.
Don’t Assume There’s No Damage
After a storm, you will do a quick glance of your home and while everything may appear to be completely fine and up to par, it doesn’t mean that it is. Professionals can see more than the homeowner can as they are trained to spot even the smallest of damages.
Even Weak Tornado’s Cause Damage
A small tornado usually don’t cause much structural damage and is usually limited to falling trees. However, one thing that a small tornado can do damage to is your home’s roof. It may be as little as a shingle being ripped from the roof but regardless, even one shingle could result in a roof leak causing damage inside the home (water spots) if not treated immediately. However, a strong enough tornado could rip your entire roof off. The important thing to understand is to realize that no matter how small the tornado or storm is, there could be serious damage done to your roof and if not repaired immediately could result in further damage to your home.
Underestimating the potential damage caused from a tornado, high winds and hail can cause serious damage to your home resulting potentially greater damage and costs. It’s better to have the damage repaired early even if it’s minor rather than wait until it becomes worse and possibly affects other parts of your home.