Your roof is designed with a specific purpose in mind: to protect you and your home from the elements. But not all storms are created equal — some storms, especially those that fall under the “extreme weather” category, can cause significant damage.
If you’ve recently had a storm come through your region, it’s essential to look for signs of damage to your roof. Certain damage can be seen with a quick glance, but an experienced roofing contractor can complete a thorough and free inspection to see if you need any repair work done.
To help you determine how to identify roof wind damage and when a roofing expert needs to be called in, we’ve put together a list of the top storm damage signs and a handy checklist for your reference.
If your roof is new or a few years old and you notice a loose or missing shingle, replacing the individual shingle is probably sufficient. But if you think you’ve experienced broader or more extensive wind damage to roof shingles, it’s important to understand how to properly identify it.
Varying wind speeds can not only have an impact on outdoor activities, but they can also cause harm to your roof, such as missing or wind-damaged shingles.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, wind speeds of as little as 19 to 24 mph can put your home and roof at risk of storm damage. Here’s how:
What to Look Out for:
Hail can cause a surprising amount of damage to your roof. It can harm individual shingles by causing indentations that can be challenging to see, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. These pockmarks can cause shingles to crack, allowing water to soak in and do further harm over time.
What to Look Out for:
Storm damage signs can include falling tree branches or other debris landing on your roof. While lighter debris such as leaves or small branches won’t likely cause damage, more oversized items like heavy tree limbs can do significant storm damage to your roof.
If you have concerns about your roof following a storm, having a professional roofing contractor carry out a free inspection can help you quickly identify roof damage.
What to Look Out for:
If you suspect your roof has been damaged following a storm or extreme weather event, it’s time to schedule a roof inspection.
Because roof inspections are carried out by experienced roofing experts, like those at Liberty Restoration, they can quickly identify water, debris, hail, or other storm damage that you might otherwise miss.
Storm damage to a roof can mean additional damage to other parts of your home. When checking your roof for damage, it’s important to do so from a safe distance. Binoculars are great for inspecting your roof for signs of potential damage without putting yourself or your property at additional risk. Remember, it costs less to repair a roof than to rebuild it (if you’ve fallen through).
It’s easy to forget things following storm damage. That’s why taking notes and pictures can be a great help when it comes to filing for insurance. By taking detailed notes and photos, you’re putting yourself in the best position for your insurance claim’s fastest resolution.
Rather than telling your insurer you’ve experienced roof damage, you can send them a picture. When it comes to insurance claims, a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Working with an experienced roofing contractor can help you repair your damage and give you peace of mind knowing you’re taking care of your family the right way. You can trust their expertise to catch signs of damage you might have missed.
If you’ve experienced storm damage, it might be time to file an insurance claim. The experienced roofing specialists at Liberty Restoration can help take some of the hassle out of the process by providing detailed reports with our findings and industry-approved recommendations after our no-fee inspection.
The reports we provide can make insurance claims easier to file and help you get a quicker approval because they detail the type and cause of damage, what must be done to repair the damage, and an estimate of how much it will cost.
To find out more about how to identify roof storm and wind damage, reach out to Liberty Restoration today.
Our team of specialists is waiting to help you repair or replace your damaged roof. Schedule your free roof inspection today, and we can happily accommodate a contactless assessment upon request.