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Roofing Damaged by Stray Bullet
Roofing shingles damaged by outside forces are common to homes, condominiums and commercial properties.  Fortunately, however, bullet holes are a little less common.  As seen in the photo above, a slug from a stray bullet is lodged inside an asphalt roofing shingle on a single-family home.
Photo to the left shows the hole created by the slug after it has been removed.

Apparently, this condition was caused by someone discharging a handgun into the air in a residential neighborhood, allowing gravity to take over.  The result: the slug comes back down to earth and firmly lodges inside the roof shingle of a single-family home.  Fortunately, no one was injured from this foolish act.  However, property was damaged -- the shingle was damaged, and the roof began to leak.  Any protrusion -- such as a roofer's nail, staple, or even a stray bullet -- no matter how small, can compromise the roof shingle's ability to shed water.  Rainwater enters the hole, causing water damage and mold conditions inside the home.

Homeowners should be aware of this potential, and be on the lookout -- particularly after holidays and rowdy parties where careless party-goers discharge weapons or even fireworks without any concern for safety.

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