Serving Lake, Cuyahoga, and Geauga Counties

Wednesday 1 February 2023

How to Spot Storm Damage on Your Roof

Posted by at 11:07 PM

Roofing materials are designed to withstand different kinds of weather. However, the weather varies, with some storms being stronger than others. If you suspect roof damage, it is essential to know the signs of roof damage. Be careful when inspecting your roof. Use binoculars when looking from the ground or viewing from a window. You can also contact a professional roofer to assess your roof. Consider the following points when assessing your roof for potential storm damage.

Possible Signs of Roof Wind Damage

Strong winds can blow off shingles. Missing shingles are common reasons for interior roof damage, such as leaks. Most roofs have an adhesive seal that also gets lost from wind damage. The seal helps prevent water or moisture buildup within the shingles or roof surface. Shingles have wind coverage information, which varies depending on the manufacturer. You may be able to file an insurance claim if high winds created the damage. You can also contact the shingles manufacturer if they get damaged, but not by the wind.

Possible Signs of Roof Hail Damage

Hail damage is often noticeable because it can bruise shingles and leave indentations. Sometimes these marks can be hard to see, but hail can crack shingles on the surface. Other exterior areas of your home may also have damage from hail, including siding. Hail damage on the roof and other surfaces include round divots with a distinctive pattern. The end of your waterspout may collect granules. Over time, moisture can come through the cracks. You can file an insurance claim for roof damage caused by hail.

Possible Signs of Roof Debris Damage

Fall debris, such as tree branches, is expected to land or bounce off the roof. You can have a combination of things happen due to the debris, including loose or cracked shingles, debris on the roof, and granules collected at the downspout. Some debris is small and will cause little to no damage. However, larger pieces of debris can be a cause for concern, especially when it makes a loud impact upon contact with the roof’s surface. While using your best judgment is helpful in determining the level of damage, having a professional roofer inspect it may be necessary. You could file an insurance claim if damages found were created by falling debris.

If you have concerns about roof damage after a storm, consider requesting a roof inspection as soon as possible.