Signs Your Roof Has Storm Damage

Signs Your Roof Has Storm Damage
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    Every roof serves as protection from outside elements and covers all the valuable belongings and occupants.

    Its design aims to withstand even the harshest weather.

    However, there are times that strong winds, hail, and debris can cause damages to the roofing.

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After the storm, it is crucial to check for any roof damage. Even if it has no visible water in the interior of the building, roof damage is still possible.

Severe weather can cause even minor roof damages that are not immediately noticeable, leading to significant issues in the future.

Here are the signs of roof damage after the storm:

Signs of Strong Wind Damage on Roofing

  • Missing Shingles

    Check for any gaps in the pattern or pieces in the roofing. Peeling or cracked shingles are significant risks due to strong winds.

  • Visible Granule Loss

    Granule loss is common in roofing, especially in a brand new one. However, with strong winds or storm damage, broken granules are commonly found as horizontal lines.

    It indicates the broken seal of the shingle. As granules rub off and flab in the wind, they contact other roofing surfaces and cause more damage.

  • Visible Water Infiltration

    Most of those visible leaks that penetrate the interior ceilings directly result from severe wind roofing damage. In these scenarios, both the roofing underlayment and the shingles are compromised and allow water to enter the structure’s attic or upper rooms.

  • Damaged Shingles

    Check for any buckling, cracked, or dented shingles on the roof. Shingles can fall off or loosen when a strong wind hits the roofing, even if the newly installed shingles can rip up away.

  • Loose Debris

    During a storm, strong winds can tear off tree limbs and branches or even yard waste. If these pieces of debris come into contact with the roofing surface, they can dent, scratch, or even tear the shingles.

    When you notice some debris on the roofing, Clear that debris as soon as possible to minimize its damage impact.

Signs of Hail Damage on Roofings

  • Dented Downspouts and Gutters

    The first indication that the hail has affected your roof is damage to the gutters. When you notice dents on the downspouts or in gutter screens after the hail, it would be best to call for a roofing expert to inspect your roofing to prevent severe issues that might appear soon.

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  • Cracked Shingles

    Cracks in a shingle can happen for various reasons. Sunlight can make them brittle, and inclement weather can cause algae, flaking, and blistering. However, hail weakens the shingles’ seal integrity, causing them to blow off and leave the roof exposed to the elements.

    When a roofing shingle is damaged, its integrity will be compromised and can lead to leaks and can cause others to tear. When you notice cracks after a hail storm, it is an indicator that the roofing needs maintenance.

  • Saggy Roofing

    Hail storms can cause sagging in the roofing, and this ridge of ice obstructs water’s efficient flow from leaving the roof; thus, encouraging leaks.

    When you notice some saggy deformation of the roofing structure after the hail, it is essential to address this problem as soon as possible to prevent water from dripping into the building’s interior in the future.

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Signs of Water Damage of Roofing

Not only water with high winds can damage the roofing structure. Even moisture from a storm can lead to severe issues with roofing.

  • Visible Attic Moisture

    Attics are prone to moisture as it works closely with the roofing system. Building owners must check any signs of moisture penetration buildup in the attic or its components, like electrical cables using service stairs for roof hatches after the storm to prevent mold and mildew that can damage them.

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  • Ceiling Discoloration

    Ceiling discoloration and water spots after the storm is an indication that the roofing has been damaged and might also affect furniture and appliances inside the house.

    When you notice dripping water or discoloration in the ceiling after the storm, it is better to call for an expert to inspect the roofing system.

Even if the roofing system is intact after the storm, inspecting and addressing roofing issues is essential. Doing this can prevent severe problems such as more time and money to fix the problem if left unattended.

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