Some storm damage is really easy to spot. When you have a massive chunk of shingles missing from your roof, it is really easy to determine that your roof is damaged. However, the damage is not always that easy to spot and see after a storm has passed through your area. Here are a few less-obvious signs of storm damage to watch out for on your roof.
Clogged & Loose Gutters
Don't forget to check your gutters after a storm. It is easy to forget about your gutters when checking for storm damage. To start with, your gutters may need to be unclogged, as storms can generate a large amount of debris in your gutters. Some storms, such as a hailstorm, could even cause dents and damage to your gutters. Check your gutters and remove any excess debris and make sure that they are still firmly attached to your roof after a storm.
Flashing is the metal material that is used on your roof. The material is generally pretty strong. However, a serious storm could cause dent damage to your flashing. A few dents may not damage the integrity of your flashing. However, lots of dents could cause the integrity of your flashing to diminish, resulting in the need for it to be replaced. A strong storm could also pull the flashing on your roof upwards, resulting in the flashing needing to be secured to your roof again.
Shingles that are blown off of your roof are easy to spot. However, that is not the only way that your shingles can get damaged. During a wind storm, it is common for shingled to get lifted upward. This is not as easy to see from the ground. You need to often get up on your roof to see this type of damage.
Once a shingle has pulled away from the tight seal that it has with your roof, the damage has been done. Nailing the shingle back in place will not provide the same level of protection that you experienced before. When shingles have been lifted up, water can also get under the shingles and cause serious damage.
Another way that a serious storm can damage the shingles on your roof is through granule loss. Granules are the material that is on top of your shingles. The granules provide a protective coating. When the granules wear away, your roof shingles need to be replaced. Strong storms can cause accelerated aging to your roofing shingles.
After a strong storm hits your area, be sure to look closely for signs of damage to your roof. If you are not sure if your roof was damaged, have a storm damage repair professional inspect your roof. If they determine that your roof was damaged, you'll want to file a claim with your insurance company.