Is your house’s roof damaged by the storm? Sometimes, roof damage is not noticeable, which is why you need to have your roof inspected after a huge storm. There are different types of storm damage that your roof can get.
Wind usually comes with storms, and the damaging ones run at 50 miles per hour or more. This is the reason many roofs get damaged.
The most common part of a roof that is damaged by wind is the shingles. When shingles are damaged, it causes leaks that can be quite bad. To check if your roof is damaged by wind, look for cracked, missing or split shingles.
Other signs of roof damage due to win are:
- Loose Debris: Wind can cause damage by carrying debris such as tree branches, yard waste, and outdoor furniture. This damage is usually preventable by clearing loose items from your yard or property before a storm.
- Granule Loss: Granule loss is caused by the sun’s UV rays and winds. It looks like the shingles have been worn off by a machine and reveal the underlayment. Granule loss will cause your roof to leak.
- Water leaks: Water can get through when wind hits your roof and loosens shingles.
- Leaks that start at the roof and go through the walls can cause water damage to the ceiling, interior walls and inside material.
Hail can be a bit of a different case, although it is usually associated with severe storms. It usually looks like small rocks are embedded in the roof. You can check for hail damage by looking for dents in the roof, which are about the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball.
Hail can also cause shingles to be lifted or torn, and the hail itself can be embedded in the roof.
Some other signs of hail damage to your roof are:
- Clogged gutters: When hail hits the roof, it can break the shingles causing water to back up and clog the gutters and downspouts. This is another reason your roof should be checked for hail damage.
- Shingle Curling: Hail damage can cause the shingles to curl as the temperature rises after a storm.
- Ice dams: Shingle curling can cause ice dams that can damage the roof.
Storms don’t usually cause water damage, but it can be. Water damage happens when water pours through or under the shingles and into the attic, which is the part of your house above your ceiling where insulation and other materials are stored.
Hail and wind can both cause water damage by loosening shingles and exposing your roof to rain, which can then cause water damage.
Get Your Roof Checked
Having your roof inspected after a storm can save you a lot of money and headaches in the future. If you are unsure of whether the storm damaged your roof, it is always better to have it looked over by a professional.