3 Areas to Check on Your Roof for Damage After a Storm

3 Areas to Check on Your Roof for Damage After a Storm

Homeowners know that extreme weather can cause significant and long-term issues. Whether dealing with a tropical storm or hurricane, tornado or wind storm, or heavy rainfall from your run-of-the-mill summer thunderstorm, the roofs of any residential or commercial building could sustain damages.

Roof damage can be costly, as well. While small, localized damages can be fixed with minor repairs, if storms affect more than 25 percent of an entire roof, it’s better to replace the entire thing.

While the cost of a roof replacement varies based on the size of a building, the materials used, and the design – anywhere from $6,700 to $80,000 – it will cost about $11,500 for an average-sized home.

As the weather clears following a bad storm, here are three key areas to consider while assessing a roof for damage:

1- Missing or Damaged Roof Shingles

The first thing to check for when assessing a building’s roof for damage is to check for missing or damaged shingles.

The type of materials and manufacturers used will determine how roof shingles fare during a storm. Usually, shingles with warranties ranging from 20 to 25 years have a wind resistance of about 60 mph. Shingles with a lifetime warranty can usually withstand up to 130 mph.

It goes without saying that higher-quality materials can resist high winds better. But even one strong wind gust can do some damage and remove or damage shingles.

When reviewing roof shingles following a storm, look for signs of missing or curling shingles, as well as tears and buckles, especially along seams and joints. This could indicate wind damage.

If a storm brings hail to an area, check for dimples or dark spots, and also review gutters for wood splinters if your home has cedar shakes. Also be sure to check your roof for any visible branches or other materials from trees, which could indicate damage.

2- Structural Damage

While missing or broken shingles might be one of the first things you look for after a storm, it’s important to also check for structural damage to a roof after inclement weather. In addition to damaged shingles check for holes and dents to your roof as well.

If a tree collapses or large limbs fall from a tree during bad storms, they could cause significant damage by crashing through a roof or affecting the soffit, fascia, gutters, flashing, and other aspects of the roof.

3- Water Damage

Though you might immediately notice damaged shingles or a hole in your roof, water damage and leaks could be more difficult to identify. Remember, check both the roof’s exterior and also the interior for pooled water or leaks, which could cause problems down the road, including mold growth or mildew, or structural weaknesses.

Common areas where you might spot water gathering on your roof include areas where roof joints meet or near roof features – skylights, valleys, and chimneys. And always be sure to check your attic if you have one.

Call a Professional

If you spot any signs of roof damage after a storm, be sure to call in a roofing professional to ensure any needed repairs or replacements are done the right way, keeping your family safe and dry.