One of the first things every homeowner can do during or after a storm is to search for signs of roof damage regardless of how well maintained or recently installed it is. Even if you don’t have visible water inside your house, damage to the roof is always a possibility. Although it may be tempting to climb up the roof, we suggest that homeowners avoid it whenever possible. Always try to evaluate the ground level damage of the roof if you can. Try using a pair of binoculars to see more clearly before you plan to use the ladder.
Rain is typically not enough on its own to damage a structurally sound roof. Other culprits like wind, flying debris, and hail add to the damage of your roof. Often the damage to the roof is noticeable to the eye. Yet, you should take your time and take a close look at your situation. Few signs can be surprisingly difficult to identify.
Let’s look at some of the most popular forms of storm damage:
Signs of wind damage
Harsh winds that are graded as over 50 miles per hour. associated with extreme thunderstorms or hurricanes which are also referred as “straight line” winds can wreak havoc to roofs. Straight line winds are so harsh that it becomes difficult to distinguish them from tornadoes. Wind disruption is associated with more than half of all extreme weather incidents.
Signs of roof damage caused due to wind include:
- Missing Shingles: Shingles that have already been broken or stripped are at considerable risk of being damaged as soon as wind speeds reach 60 miles per hour. While the roofing manufacturers cover extreme winds in their warranties, the average wind speed the roof can withstand is based on a new, well-maintained roof.
- Clear Loss of Granule: Some granule loss is common, particularly with a brand-new roof. In the event of storm damage, granule loss is seen in the typical horizontal lines. This shows that the shingle seal has been broken. Granules rub off shingles in the wind and come into contact with other objects.
Signs of hail and snow damage
Hail occurs in heavy thunderstorm clouds at temperatures of 32 ° F and below, the same range in which snow is likely. Hailstones are balls of ice, typically those that cause most damage are between 1 inch and 1.75 inch in diameter. Since they’re lightweight and compact, they can punch through solid objects.
Signs of hail damaged roof include:
- Clogged or broken downspouts and gutters: After a storm, clogged gutters should be cleaned as soon as possible. Water flows directly down from the broken gutter to the foot of the house. In time, this can weaken the foundation and make the structure unstable. Check for bending and dislocation of all gutters and downspouts.
- Ice Dams: Shingle roofs that have not been adequately repaired are vulnerable to ice dams. Ice dams form as a result of snowmelt freezing on the roof eaves. This ice ridge prevents additional water from melting snow from leaving the roof which can contribute to leaks. Most of the ice dams are clearly visible.
Significant storms can cause trees and other natural debris to fall on your roof. This can also cause cracks in your shingles, which can eventually lead to leaks. If you notice that the debris is still on your roof after a storm, it is necessary to either check it yourself or call a professional to see if there is any shingle damage under the debris. Make sure your trees are cut away from your roof to prevent these problems in the future.
If you feel that there may be a roof damage, it is important to check it as soon as possible. It’s vital to repair your roof by calling RVA Roof And Tree and begin your storm restoration process today. Their efficient team will arrive right at your doorstep in no time with all the right equipment and restore your roof’s health.