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.
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 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
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!