As your local roofers, we can’t place enough emphasis on the importance of inspecting your roof after a storm. Timely repairs can help keep repair costs down, and may even save you from an unplanned roof replacement. In today’s post, Wortham Bros shares a quick guide on how you can identify storm damage on your roof.
Why Should You Inspect Your Roof?
Many people think of storm damage in terms of severe floods and torn-off rooftops, but these are extreme cases. Other levels of storm damage on the roof are less noticeable, which can be considered worse because they often get overlooked and do not always get repaired in a timely manner. Even worse, some homeowners assume their roof “survived” the storm and does not need repairs at all, only to find out later that their roof is damaged after all. By this time, the damage would have been worsened by daily exposure to wear.
The good news is you can inspect your roof with little effort. Use a good pair of binoculars and check every part of the roof for signs of storm damage, which we will discuss in detail below. Also, climb into the attic and inspect the underside of the roof for signs of water infiltration.
The Types of Storm Damage
The following are the types of storm damage you should keep an eye out for during roofing inspections. Call your roofing contractor for repairs if you find any of them.
Wind damage — Winds that exceed 50 miles per hour can cause damage on standard asphalt shingle roofs. Signs of wind damage include lifted shingle edges and horizontal creases that appear about an inch below the edge of the shingle above it. Roofs with high wind ratings are typically reinforced with adhesive, and are less likely to suffer damage from wind lift.
Impact damage — Hailstones and airborne debris can cause dents and craters on the roofing surface. Note that impact damage is visually similar to asphalt shingle blisters. As the latter is caused by a defect, it is not covered by insurance providers.
Water damage — Water damage happens when wind-driven rain infiltrates the roof deck, which can result in leaks. During your attic inspection, keep an eye out for water stains, clumping insulation and “sweating” surfaces. Rusty streaks from nail heads indicate long-term moisture infiltration.
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