Roof Storm Damage

How Do I Know If My Roof Has Storm Damage?

Modern roofing systems are designed to withstand the elements of nature to a very large extent. However, storm damage can still occur during severe events like tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, and torrential downpours. In the aftermath of any of these kinds of events, it is entirely possible that some kind of storm damage restoration will be necessary.

Conducting a roof inspection

Many homeowners are not comfortable with making a roof inspection themselves, and if this sounds like you, it might be well worth your while to engage the services of your roofing contractor to check it out for you.
It’s never a good idea for a non-professional to climb up on a roof though, and conduct a detailed examination because the potential for accidents is high. Most of what you need to know can be determined from ground level, and if you need binoculars to see better, by all means, take them along with you. Here are some of the most common forms of storm damage, any of which might necessitate roof repairs.

Falling debris

Storms which are characterized by very high winds can easily blow large pieces of loose debris, including tree branches and other airborne items which can land on your roof at high impact. A visual inspection from the ground should be able to identify if anything like this has occurred since the debris might still be there. It may also have crashed into shingles and cracked them, or tore them off entirely. Check for all these possibilities, over the entire surface of the roof.

Hail damage

If you’ve gone through a hail storm, you may have suffered damage to your car, as well as to windows, siding, and your roofing system. If hail stones have landed on your roof, you may see cracked shingles or indentations in them, although you may have to look closely to discover them. Make sure not to overlook any of these, because if they have penetrated the shingle, your weather-proofing will be compromised, and even greater damage will occur.

Damage from high winds

One of the most obvious signs of wind damage is missing shingles, so this should be something you check closely for. Another possibility, much harder to notice, would be that the adhesive seals have been broken, which will eventually lead to roofing materials becoming waterlogged, and causing even greater damage. Since this kind of damage can generally only be seen from close up, it is highly advisable that you have a professional roofer make the inspection for you.