Storm damage can wreak havoc on roofs and other exterior home surfaces especially in the Midwest. From tornadoes, hailstorms and summer squalls that bring driving rains, wind and hail, chances are you have experienced your share of rough weather.
How do you identify storm damage and what should you do about your roof after a major storm? Visually assess your roof by walking around the perimeter of your house, take notes of any visible storm damage. Give Down Under Roofing a call to schedule an inspection and help you with the damage assessment. We offer a Free inspection and know how to safely look for roof damage.
Types of Roof Storm Damage
Wind – High winds can remove or tear shingles, leaving the underlayment, roof deck, or waterproofing material exposed to the elements. During less severe storms, sudden, sharp gusts of wind can lift and curl shingles. As shingles are installed, they are overlapped to create a water-tight seal, and the wind lift can curl and break this seal, possibly leaving your roof vulnerable to damage from heavy rains.
Hail – Hailstorms tend to be short and rarely last longer than 15 minutes, but hailstones can leave dents or pockmarks (bruising) in your shingles and knock shingle granules loose. This can be a problem in that those granules protect your roof against sun and rain damage. Hail storm damage can also ruin the pleasing aesthetic appearance of your roof.
Standing Water – After a big rainstorm, roofs that don’t have proper drainage can experience problems with standing water, especially in uneven areas. If your gutters are clogged, this can also cause a back up of rainwater under your shingles which lets moisture penetrate underlayment or the roof deck.
Debris – After a severe storm, debris can end up on your roof, everything from branches to large tree limbs. These objects can dent or impact your roof shingles leaving that area of the roof open to moisture.