It’s been a summer full of storms, and unfortunately, they will happen again. Your roof is built to handle most weather conditions, but some storms are severe enough to cause damage. When this happens, it’s important to take a look at your roof and exterior to see if you have experienced any damage that needs to be fixed. Ignoring potential damage will only cause more issues down the line. The next time a storm strikes, be on the lookout for these 3 signs.
Types Of Damage
Understanding the different types of storm damage is important so that you can give an accurate picture to your insurance company, if necessary. The following are types of damage to look for: water damage, wind damage, hail damage, snow damage, and ice damage.
Safely Examining Damage
Before you start looking for storm damage, it’s important to be safe. Try to identify damage by walking around your home, looking through a window, or using binoculars. Do not attempt to get on your roof unless you are licensed to do so. If you are unable to get a clear picture of the damage, hire a professional to perform an inspection.
Missing Or Damaged Shingles
Missing shingles are usually a sign of wind damage. You can easily tell when a shingle is missing because it will leave a noticeable space. It’s important to get shingles replaced, even if only part of a shingle is damaged because missing shingles can cause leaking and affect your roof’s overall protection from future weather events.
Dents are typically a sign of hail damage. If items around your home such as a car show signs of hail damage, there is a high chance that your roof got hit, too. Dents typically present themselves on gutters and vents, so give those a thorough look. Small dents on gutters typically do not affect function. However, large dents caused by downed trees or debris, need to be repaired as quickly as possible, as they can drastically affect your gutter’s performance.
It’s possible that when examining your roof, you may not see any visible damage. But, just because there is no damage you can see, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. A good place to check for signs of water damage is your attic. If you see discoloration and water spots, you’re probably looking at mold caused by your roof leaking. As soon as you’re aware of this, set up a repair to prevent further problems.
If you would like your roof inspected or repaired after a storm, the professionals at Ridgeline Construction would love to help you. With years of experience, Ridgeline would be happy to help you with any needs or questions you may have. Be sure to give them a call at (256) 325-1345.