Spring storm season is fully underway, and it’s important to make sure your roof is prepared. Whether your roof is 20 years old or brand new, you should thoroughly inspect it for damage after a severe storm to catch and prevent leaks and other issues. Watch for these common signs of storm damage on your roof.
Debris on the Ground
Did your car sustain hail damage in the storm? Have high winds blown over fences or knocked down tree limbs? When you see signs of damage on the ground and around your property, there is a higher chance that you will have damage on your roof. Because your roof is higher and covers a larger surface area that most of your property, it is more susceptible to wind and hail damage. When you see debris or damage on the ground, consider a thorough inspection on your roof.
Missing or Peeling Shingles
If your roof has sustained severe damage, you can often see it from the ground. Look for debris on your roof, missing or peeling shingles, broken tiles, dented or sagging gutters, and other problems. Be sure to wait until the storm has completely cleared and there is no lightning before climbing onto your roof. If your roof has been seriously damaged, be extremely cautious if you walk on the roof or you could risk further damage or collapse. If this is the case, call a professional right away.
Hail can do serious damage to your home, leaving behind small dents to punching holes in your roof. The extent of the damage depends on the size of the hail, wind speed, and the condition and material of your roof. When checking for hail damage, look for bald or shiny spots on asphalt shingles where the granule coating has been knocked loose. Sometimes you will find large amounts of these granules in your gutters or on the ground around your home.