During severe storms roofs and roofing materials can easily become damaged. Not all roof damage is easy to see from the ground, nor is it readily apparent to the untrained eye. You have to know what to look for when it comes to identifying roof damage after a storm.
The most common damage to roofs will be to the shingles, which for most homes in the US, are made of asphalt. Asphalt shingles consist of asphalt that is either re-enforced with an organic filler material or with fiberglass. Metallic granules are coated into the material to protect your roof from UV rays. Storms, particularly hail storms and high winds, can easily damage the shingles. Hail damage to a shingle will usually look like a bruised dark spot due to the shingle losing its metallic granules during the storm.
Other signs of roof damage include missing shingles, torn flashing, cracked shingles, and split seams. High winds can cause entire squares or sections of your roof to be torn off. The shape and style of your roof can also greatly affect how prone your roof is to damage from high winds. If shingles got damaged or are missing, your roof can experience significant water damage that can weaken the roof’s structural integrity and cause it to cave in. If you notice any water damage, you should make the call for roof repair immediately.
- Check Items Outside: Oftentimes, storms damage more than just your shingles, so you should take a careful look at your exhaust caps, roof flashing, and roof vents for additional signs of damage. You should also look for leaks and split seams for hidden signs of water damage.
- Windows: If your windows have become damaged in a storm, there is a good chance that your roof is damaged as well. Don’t just look for shattered windows but also for cracks, damage to the wood, pits, and holes. If you see any of this type of damage, contact a professional roofer, such as Remedy Roofing, who is well experienced in identifying and repairing storm damage.
- Loose granules: Granules falling off your roof in large quantities is a clear sign of roof damage. Look for collections of granules or mineral deposits in your gutters, downspouts, and driveway for any evidence of possible further damage. If you find this type of evidence, contact a professional roofer today, as your roof will likely require roof repair.
Remedy Roofing specializes in identifying and repairing roofs that have been damaged by storms. If you have storm damage or suspect that you have storm damage, contact Remedy Roofing today for an free inspection and written estimate from a certified roofing contractor. We are on call 24/7, so you can contact us any time!