Damage or Wear and Tear?
You need your roof to function properly. When it’s in perfect working order, it keeps the elements out of your home and helps keep your energy bills down. When it isn’t working properly, it lets in water that lets mold grow, wood rot, and invites insects to infest your ceiling. When storms and extreme weather blow through town, they also have the potential to damage your roof in more ways than one. After extreme weather, you should always inspect your roof and your ceiling for signs of potential damage.
Common Storm-Related Searches
Some of the most common storm damage related questions homeowners ask roofing contractors include “What is storm damage?” and “How do I know if my roof has storm damage?” Storm damage is any damage that your roof sustains from different elements of a storm, like wind or hail. Inspecting your roof for storm damage is relatively easy, though some parts of the inspection require a ladder and physically inspecting your roof. Here are some of the most common types of storm damage to look for.
Causes and Signs of Damage
- Debris Anything that wind carries or knocks from your home is debris that could potentially cause damage. Downed tree branches pose a threat, especially if they hit your roof directly. Leaves, dirt, and twigs get blown under loose shingles. Excess material under shingles causes that part of your roof to start rotting.
- Hail This has the potential to cause serious impact damage to your shingles, skylights, fascia, and windows. Impact damage from hail can strip granules off of asphalt shingles or knock the shingles away entirely. If a piece of hail hits your roof at the right angle and speed, it creates an impact that penetrates your roof and causes a leak. Any storm that drops hail on your home needs a follow-up roof inspection.
- ce and Snow This has some of the same problems as regular rain, but other issues as well. Ice and snow sometimes collect in your gutter. Sometimes it mixes with the debris from a storm to stop up your gutters and downspouts. If water can’t flow down through the gutters, it will flow down where it can. Pools of water make wooden parts of roofing rot over time. Snow is also heavy, so structurally damaged roofs could sag and potentially collapse if it is already heavy damage.
- Rain This is the most obvious storm element that people expect to damage their roof. Rainwater looks for a way to get from your roof to the lowest possible elevation if your roof is pitched or slanted and not completely flat. That means flowing down your roof to your gutters, into the downspouts, and out wherever they drain, which is most likely the sewer. If there are leaks in your roof, the rain will find its way inside your home through them. It also has the potential to erode away asphalt shingle granules.
- Wind Strong winds pose several threats. They cause old or damaged shingles to curl up, exposing the wood of the roof to the elements. It also might strip the shingles completely away and blow them into your yard or your gutters. Wind also carries debris that can become lodged under your shingles and cause your roof to rot that way. Finally, strong winds also damage trees that can drop branches directly on to your roof, gutters, and skylights.
Proper Roof Inspection
If a storm severe enough that you suspect some form of damage, you should inspect your ceiling and roof for signs of storm damage. Most of the inspection won’t require a ladder, but a true roof inspection means climbing on to your roof to get a closer look. First, look for signs of leaks. If there was recently a storm and you’re now noticing wet spots on the ceiling or floor, that’s an indicator of storm damage. If there aren’t wet spots, there could still be water stains on your roof and walls, so be sure to check for off-color patches. If parts of the ceiling or walls are damp to the touch, there is more than likely a leak in your roof.
External Roof Inspections
Step outside and see if there are any visible signs of storm damage to your roof from the ground level. Missing or curled shingles need to be replaced. If you do see missing shingles, look around your yard and see if you find them. Shingles that blow off the roof can be put back temporarily while waiting for permanent repairs. Excess debris on your roof should be collected and removed. Set up your ladder and climb on to your roof to take a closer look for visible damage or signs we’ve listed previously.
The Storm Damage Repair Experts
Inspecting your roof for storm damage could save you a lot of trouble and money on repairs in the long run, since a small leak from hail impact damage could turn into emergency roofing repairs a few months and a few storms later. If moisture makes it into your roof or your attic, mold could thrive and pose a health risk to you and your family. If you’re unsure if you’ve inspected your roof correctly, or if you’d rather trust the job to professional contractors, then we’re the team for you. We’ll inspect your roof and let you know if we find any signs of damage or potential threats to your roof. We can also carry out any repairs that you’ll need to keep your roof structurally sound and your family and property safe.If you think you need storm damage repair service for your home in the Des Moines Metro, contact the roofing experts of Spruce Exteriors LLC at 515-240-1995 to schedule an appointment.