Once the winds die down and the storm clouds roll out, it’s always a good idea to make sure no damage has been done to your roof. If you have a newer roof, your chance for damage is less likely, but if your home is reaching the 15-20 year mark or has had previous damage, a strong storm could be detrimental. This is everything you need to know about assessing roof damage after a storm.
Assessing Roof Damage From The Ground
You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof without having to step foot on a ladder. Start by performing a ground inspection, paying close attention to the following:
Gutters and Windows
Strong winds can bend the metal gutters along the perimeter of your roof, or even cause them to detach completely. If gutters are bent, dented, or not angled correctly, it can impact the way water flows off of your roof. Damaged gutters could also result in pooling water, which leads to interior leaks and mold growth.
As you walk the perimeter of your home checking the gutters, also be sure to look at your windows. Examine them for cracks, damaged weather stripping, and torn screens.
Take a few steps back and assess the condition of the shingles on your roof. If shingles are missing or appear curled or damaged, the interior roofing materials could be exposed to the elements. Repairing and replacing shingles requires getting on top of the roof, so at this point, it’s best to call the pros. Issues like these can be easily repaired right after they happen, but if left unattended, they can turn into costly repairs.
You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof by looking at the attic. Check for water spots or leaks in the attic, even if the roof does not seem to be damaged on the outside. Strong winds and hail can damage the interior roofing materials. This is what causes leaks in the attic and interior of your home.
Tree Limbs and Debris
Check the roof and property for noticeable debris left behind by the storm. Take special note of branches that have fallen onto the roof, or low-lying branches that could end up scratching the shingles. If you spot any large or heavy debris on your roof, don’t try to remove them without the help of a professional. Request assistance from our team at Homewerx.
Look For Hail Damage
Hail can cause small to medium size dents in your roof and on the siding of your home. But, many times, hail does not contribute to immediate damage of your roof. Instead, it can cause latent damage that wears down shingles over time. That being said, you may not notice anything visibly wrong with your roof after a hail storm.
If you see clusters of granules detaching from your shingles, this could be the point of impact from a hailstone. Over time, the spots where the granules fall off are exposed to the rain and heat, which can cause premature aging of the shingle.
Will Insurance Cover Your Damage?
Homeowner’s insurance policies vary with regard to what is covered from a storm, but generally, hail and wind damage are covered on your policy. If the damage is significant enough, you can often receive a total roof replacement at little to no cost to you. We have experience working with insurance companies and helping consumers navigate the approval process. Request assistance from Homewerx and we will help you through the insurance claims process.
When To Call The Roofing Experts
In extreme circumstances, a simple ground inspection will not be enough to ensure your roof has made it through a storm. If a tree limb has fallen on your roof, or you notice extensive damage that requires emergency repairs, call Homewerx. Expert roofing contractors are skilled at assessing roof damage after a storm. They will be able to spot hidden roof damage that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Homewerx contractors can get on your roof and look for the following:
- Signs that a storm has altered the alignment of your home
- Hairline cracks that can weaken the foundation overtime
- A shift in the roof that could compromise the stability of the walls within your home
Contact Our Team at Homewerx
Being proactive is one of the best ways to ensure your roof does its job during the next strong storm. If you haven’t had a roof inspection in the last year, call Homewerx today to schedule one. This will provide a peace of mind that your roof is strong, sturdy, and sustainable when the next rainstorm rolls through.