How To Tell if a Storm (Wind/Hail) Damaged Your Roof
Each year, spring is welcomed with open arms. It means warmer temperatures, more time outdoors, and enjoying many of the fun things that were put on hold for the colder months. There’s an old saying that goes “April showers bring May flowers” – but April showers can also bring strong wind or and even hail. These severe storms may cause damage to your residential roof.
Inspecting Your Residential Roof After Severe Storms
Storms don’t always have to be rated as “severe” for residential roof damage to occur. Even if your roof is properly maintained, strong winds or hail can damage shingles or gutters. One of the first things homeowners should do after a storm is check their roofs. Damage left unfixed can leave the roof and your home unprotected when the next spring storm rolls through. A quick inspection can be enough to let you know if you need to call professional roofers for repairs. Most types of storm damage can be seen from ground level. If needed, a simple pair of binoculars can give you a closer view.
How to Check for Wind and Hail Damage After a Storm
Winds exceeding 50 miles per hour are classified as damaging. Severe storms can bring straight-line winds that can cause as much damage as tornadoes. Hailstones are balls of ice pelting down from the sky during some severe storms. The larger the hail, the more damage it can cause. Hailstones are compact, which gives them the force needed to puncture solid objects. Here are some of the signs of roof damage to look for after a storm:
It doesn’t take a lot of wind or large hail to remove shingles if they were already cracked or peeling. However, in a severe storm with winds in excess of 50 mph, even a well-maintained roof can lose some shingles. Hail damage may appear as dark spots or dents in shingles. It can also cause missing shingles. Wind damage can cause shingles to roll or crack. When checking your roof after a severe storm, look for cracked, dented, or missing shingles. Roofing professionals can repair your roof by replacing shingles.
Even if your shingles appear to be fully intact, granule loss can indicate damage. You may see a lot of granules on the ground around your home. Gutters may contain a lot of granules. If you notice shingle granules around your home, contact a roofing professional for a thorough roof inspection.
If you notice a lot of loose debris around your yard and home, it may indicate roof damage. When you walk outside to find patio furniture, yard waste, and larger items that have been tossed around, it’s likely something also struck your roof.
Clogged/Broken Downspouts and Gutters
If your gutters are clogged after a severe storm, remove any debris as soon as possible. When gutters are clogged or broken, water drains directly to the foot of your home’s structure. Over time, this causes erosion around the foundation, and left unattended, it can cause the structure of your home to become unsafe. Check your home’s gutters for signs of dislocation and bends.
What to Do if You Suspect Hail or Wind Damage
If you notice obvious signs of damage to your residential roof, call a roofing professional at AmeriPro Roofing right away. We have the experience and expertise needed to discover signs of hail or wind damage you may have missed. After a thorough inspection, we will explain the extent of the damage and the steps needed to repair or replace your roof. Call us today to schedule your roof inspection!