Roofs are designed to withstand strong elements, but sometimes heavy storms can win the battle with your roof, and it may cause damage. It is important to have a thorough roof inspection, as this damage may be hard to see from the ground. Homeowners should watch out for signs of roof damage to avoid expensive repairs that may be right around the corner.
You have 2 years after a major storm to file a claim with your insurance company. Contact Witten Roofing to see if you qualify.
Here are signs that your roof may have storm damage:
1. Wind Damage
The first sign of storm damage is missing shingles. Also look at your roof’s flashing and make sure that it is not damaged or missing. Flashings are typically metal and are often in your roof’s most vulnerable spots. Other wind damage may not be easy to see, especially if the adhesive seal that provides a water-shedding surface is broken. If your roof has been exposed to major winds, it is always best to contact a professional to inspect your roof.
2. Hail Damage
Hail storms can bruise shingles by causing an indent on the shingle itself. You may also be able to see a distinct pattern of small round-shaped divots on the edges of the shingles. Another, possibly easier, way to see if there is hail damage to your roof is by looking at your flashing to see if there are round indents in the metal. You should be looking for repeated round spots all over your roof and flashing.
3. Falling Debris
Major storms can cause trees and other natural debris to fall on your roof. This can sometimes cause cracks in your shingles that can eventually lead to leaks. If you see debris is still on your roof after a storm, it is important to either check it yourself or call a professional to see if there is any shingle damage underneath the debris. Be sure to have your trees trimmed away from your roof to avoid these issues in the future.
4. Leaky & Clogged Gutters
An indication of roof storm damage is leaky and clogged gutters, the roof will begin to leak, while mold and water damage will accumulate. This can even cause damage to your foundation because accumulated water cannot drain properly. Clogged gutters can cause severe roof damage over time.
4. Problems in the Attic
If you notice accumulated water in your attic, including drips or stains on the underside of the roof, wet insulation and damp & wet framing are all indicators of storm damage. Check for leaks in your attic and make sure they are not caused by plumbing which may run through it.
Contact Witten Roofing today for your free inspection. (318) 516-8866