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Roof It Forward - How To Identify Storm Damage To Your Roof

April 13, 2023

Your roof is the barrier between the inside of your home and the elements of the outdoors. When storms come along, your roof can end up taking a beating if the storm is severe. While you may not be able to view the damage up close, you may still be able to view some of the damage your roof sustained. Continue reading to learn how to identify storm damage.

Wind Damage

If the storm came along with strong winds, your shingles would likely see the damage. The potential signs of wind damage are missing shingles and granule loss on your shingles. Missing shingles can leave your roof decking exposed and unprotected, eventually leading to leaks if it is not taken care of. Granules help strengthen your shingles but as you lose them, your shingles are weakened.

Hail Damage

Hail is common with storms and can vary in size. The size and force of hail can bruise shingles and can cause indentations. If there is a high amount of force behind the hail landing on your roof, the shingles can crack. These cracks can then allow water in, leading to a leak. Smaller cracks will be difficult to see from the ground, making it very important to get a roof inspection after your home experienced a hailstorm. Another sign of hail damage is granules laying at the bottom of your downspout.

Your gutter system is also an element of your roofing system. Hail can end up damaging your gutters and downspouts, leaving them cracked and causing leaks. The hail can also clog gutters and downspouts, preventing rainwater from properly draining.

Damage From Debris

Tree limbs and other debris can land on your roof during a storm and cause damage. Of course, large debris can often be easily noticeable damage. However, sometimes small items can cause a severe impact. Fallen debris can cause missing shingles, shingles to crack and lead to leaks, and the removal of granules on asphalt shingles.

If you are considering filing a home insurance claim for the storm damage your roof experienced, learn more about how long you have to file a storm damage claim on your roof.

Instead of risking your safety trying to check your own roof for storm damage, have a qualified roofing contractor look to evaluate for storm damage. ARAC Roof It Forward offers a free video roof inspection so we can show you videos and photos of the damage on your roof from the safety of the ground. Our goal at Roof It Forward is to provide our community with high-quality roofing solutions to keep you and your family safe in your home. Schedule your free video inspection today!


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