How Do I Know if My Roof Has Suffered Wind Damage?
Your roof is one of the most valuable components of your home’s exterior. It is designed to protect your home from the elements, providing shelter from snow, rain and wind. A ‘crack’ in the system can result in costly leaks, and interior water damage to your home. One cause of damage to your roof is hail and wind damage. Gusting winds can lift and break shingles on your roof causing long-term damage.
After a powerful wind storm strikes, it is important to have a thorough roof inspection to check up on the condition of your roof. When a violent thunderstorm rips through your neighborhoods, not only can gusting winds lift up your roof’s shingles, but flying debris can also cause damage (tree limbs and branches).
In this article, our goal is to provide some insight in how to know if your roof may have been damaged by a wind storm.
A leaky roof is the most obvious sign that something is not right with your roof. A roof’s designed function is to “shed water” away from your home. When water is leaking into your attic, and through your ceiling into your home, it is important to take immediate action to stave off future damage. One potential cause of a leaky roof is missing, lifted or broken shingles on your roof. With a broken link in your roof’s “chain”, problems can quickly arise. Water stains and brown spots forming on your roof are an indicator of water damage.
Do you have trees and branches surrounding the roof of your home? Trees are a major source of roof damage. During a storm, a powerful wind gust can cause a tree to fall on your roof. However, it doesn’t always have to be that significant. A flying tree branch can puncture your roof’s shingles or even decking causing a hole in your roof. The long-term damage can result in damaged gutters as debris, leaves and branches buildup.
Some storm damage takes a trained eye in order to identify damage. However, blown-off siding, fascia and damage to your soffit is easily viewable to the naked eye from ground level. If you see chunks of siding or fascia missing, it is a good indicator that you may need to call a trusted Glen Burnie roofer. Your siding is designed to protect your home from the wind and driving rains, but broken siding can no longer properly do it’s job.
After a thunderstorm that features driving rain, winds and even hail, your gutters and downspouts are prone to storm damage as well. You want to have a professional inspect your gutters as well to ensure that they are still properly attached and not pulled loose. As mentioned above, after a storm, your gutters could also suffer from debris build up. As your gutters clog up, it could result in leaks to your home as water can not be redirected away from your home, but is caught in your gutters.
Broken or Missing Shingles
When you walked outside after a storm, did you find a shingle laying on your driveway or garden? Can you see missing shingles from your yard when looking at your roof? If so, this can be obvious indicators that your roof has suffered wind damage. Your shingles are your roof’s main line of defense against rain and wind. Broken or missing shingles are the most obvious sure-tale signs of storm damage.
Why Request a Professional Storm Damage Inspection?
After a storm, it’s a good idea to call a trusted, local Annapolis roofing contractor to inspect your roof for any signs of storm damage. Not all storm damage is visible to the untrained eye. We specialize in storm damage repair and know how to properly identify signs of wind and hail damage to your roof and exterior. In many cases, your insurance may even cover all repair or replacement costs as storm damage is considered an “Act of God” by homeowner’s insurance.
If you’re looking for more information you can read more on our website www.centralmarylandroofing.com or call us directly at (410) 709-7577. We can schedule you for a free, no-obligation storm damage inspection to examine your roof for any signs of storm damage, fascia/soffit damage, flashing, potential leak spots and the condition of your gutters. We have proudly served Annapolis, Maryland & the Anne Arundel County area for years!