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Seven Signs of Storm Damage on Roofs

July 05, 2022

Powerful storms do not always result in obvious storm damage to your roof. Most of the time, you have to look at your roof closely to spot storm damage. Once it's safe after a storm, you need to check for storm damage. Keep an eye out for these seven signs of storm damage on roofs.

  1. Damage To Shingles

Hail can typically cause cracks, dents, or even holes in your shingles, and wind can cause peeling, tears, and lifting shingles. These damages to your shingles can lead to water leaks inside your home. This damage can be difficult to view from the ground, allowing the water damage to worsen the longer it goes unnoticed. That's why it's extremely important to have a professional roofing company perform an inspection.

  1. Missing Shingles

Missing shingles from your roof can signify wind damage and hail damage. Any shingles that are peeling or cracked are at a higher risk of being swept away from high-speed winds. While most shingle manufacturers have a wind rating on their shingles, if your roof is older and not well maintained, the shingles may not be able to withstand the strong storm winds.

Shingles can also go missing due to hail damage. The impact of the hail can cause even well-maintained shingles to be knocked off your roof.

  1. Damage To Other Roofing Material

Soffits, fascias, gutters, and flashing can be damaged in a storm in addition to your shingles. Fittings could be damaged by wind, gutters can be clogged with debris, flashing can be shifted out of place, or all of these materials could be dented and damaged by hail. These roofing materials are designed to keep water out of your home but any damage could cause them to lose their integrity.

  1. Trees and Other Debris On Your Roof

Obviously, you won't miss seeing a massive tree that's landed on your roof. However, large limbs and other debris on your roof could be difficult to see from the ground. While debris cannot only cause a safety issue but can also cause damage to your shingles or structural damage. If debris lands during the storm and then is moved around as the storm continues, the debris could cause broken shingles, holes, and dents.

  1. Leaks In Ceilings Or Attics

A massive leak is quickly noticeable, however, leaks that are just starting could be an issue too if you are not proactive in trying to fix them. Even the smallest things could be the beginning signs of water damage. After a storm, go up to your attic to check for any discoloration or dampness. Unattended water damage can end up causing major structural issues throughout your home so it's best to check immediately after a storm and schedule an inspection with a roofing contractor.

  1. Damaged Chimney

Your flashing around your chimney can be damaged in a storm, causing water to seep in. With damaged flashing, your chimney may appear to be crooked. However, it's not a drastic angle, making it difficult to spot if you aren't keeping an eye out for it.

  1. Granule Debris

If you have asphalt shingles, you may notice a thin horizontal line on your shingles or a pile of rubber-like granules after several storms. This is a sign that your shingles have experienced granule damage. The layer of granules on asphalt shingles is meant to protect your roof and home from UV rays. If you have a granule problem with your shingles, it could be caused by hail damage. Having a lack of granules on your asphalt shingles can lead to improper weatherproofing.

It can be extremely unsafe to make your way on top of your roof to check for storm damage. Instead of risking your safety, have a qualified roofing contractor take a 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. As we show you the videos and pictures we will recommend repairs and go over the associated costs. 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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