For homeowners, a storm can bring many concerns, from power outages to water damage. One of the most significant worries is the potential for roof damage and the costly repairs that come with it. Detecting storm damage on your roof early is essential to minimize the impact on your home and prevent further problems. However, identifying the signs of storm damage may not always be straightforward, especially for those unfamiliar with roofing systems and potential issues. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for when evaluating signs of storm damage on your roof, as well as when it's time to schedule a professional roof inspection to maintain the integrity of your home.
Visible Damage from the Ground: An easy way to check for storm damage is to inspect your roof from the ground, looking for obvious signs of damage:
Missing or damaged shingles
Curling or buckling shingles
Debris on the roof.
Damaged or exposed flashing
Any sagging areas
Damaged soffits or fascia
Check Gutters and Downspouts: Gutters and downspouts can also provide clues about possible roof damage. Inspect them for:
Granules from shingles: Excessive granules in gutters indicate that your shingles deteriorate due to storm damage.
Dents or other damage: Hailstorms can dent gutters and downspouts, hinting at potential roof damage.
Inspect the Attic for Leaks: After a storm, inspect your attic for signs of leaks, such as water stains, damp insulation, or mold. Even small leaks can lead to significant water damage if left unaddressed, so it's crucial to catch them early.
Look for Interior Water Damage: Water damage inside your home can also indicate a damaged roof. Check your ceilings and walls for water stains, peeling paint, or bubbling wallpaper. Please contact us if you notice any of these signs. A professional to assess the situation and determine the cause of the damage.
When to Schedule a Roof Inspection: Regular roof inspections are crucial, especially before and after winter, to ensure your roof is prepared for harsh weather conditions. Timely inspections can help identify potential issues exacerbated by storms or freezing temperatures, enabling you to address them before they lead to more significant problems.
However, it's especially important to have your roof inspected as soon as possible after a severe weather event. While you can check for signs of storm damage, some issues may not be visible from the ground or inside your home.
Roof inspections performed by professional contractors are essential in identifying and addressing roof damage before it becomes a more significant problem. Contractors can access tools and techniques, like thermal imaging and drone inspections, to help identify hidden damage or leaks and thoroughly assess your roof's condition. During roof inspections, a contractor will:
Look for missing or damaged shingles on your roof, leaks and other issues.
Check the condition of your roofing materials, such as the underlayment and flashing, to ensure they still function properly.
Inspect the roof's ventilation and insulation systems for signs of damage or inefficiencies.
Use thermal imaging to detect heat loss or moisture issues that may indicate damage beneath the surface.
Employ drone inspections to access hard-to-reach areas and obtain a comprehensive view of your roof's condition.
If your roof has sustained storm damage, the next step is to contact your insurance company and file a claim. Many homeowners insurance policies cover storm damage, but it's essential to document with photos and videos the damage found.
Our Best Advice
Early detection of storm damage on your roof is vital for safeguarding your home against further complications and costly repairs. Remember to schedule regular inspections and prioritize them after severe weather events to ensure the longevity and safety of your roof.
If you suspect any damage, contact our team today for expert advice, prompt service, and, most importantly, peace of mind for you and your family, knowing your home will be repaired and well-protected for future weather conditions.