When a storm occurs, your roof may incur significant damage. Shingles may be blown out of place; limbs or flying debris may puncture your roof; and gutters or downspouts may be dislodged.
Nevertheless, many homeowners may not know how to identify early signs of storm-related roof damage before an issue progresses and becomes more expensive to repair. Here are a few types of storm damage and how to identify them.
Damage from High Winds
When the strong winds accompany a storm, the force of the moving air can remove shingles from the roof. Depending on where the shingles were located on the roof, these missing roof components may not only be easily seen from the ground. Thus, a professional may be required to walk the roof after the storm has passed.
Still, you may notice a problem from missing shingles if rain breaches the roof through any openings left by the displaced shingles. A leak may develop in your home, or yellow water spots may develop on your ceiling.
Damage from Hail
Hail, or large pieces of ice, may fall during a storm, denting and cracking shingles. A crack may not be readily visible to an untrained eye, but it can still allow water to seep beneath the protective covering of the roof over time.
If hail as damaged other items on your property, such as your vehicle, it has likely damaged your roof. From the ground, you may notice piles of granules near the exits of your downspouts. These granules are likely debris from the hail-damaged shingles.
Damage from Moving Debris
As branches and other debris move about during a storm, they may puncture, crack, or dislodge shingles. Damage from a large branch is easily noticed if the item punctures the roof severely enough to be seen through the ceiling of the home. However, other smaller indications of damage may only be noticed upon closer inspection of the roof, such as debris on the roof itself or missing shingles.
Regardless of the type of roof damage incurred during a storm, it is important to contact a roofing specialist to have your roof inspected after the event. Any damage that was sustained is likely covered by your home insurance policy.
As a result, if a storm has recently occurred in your area, contact a local roofer to have your home inspected as soon as possible. A delay in finding storm-related damages could jeopardize your insurance claim compensation.