Roof Hail Damage
How to Spot Roof Damage After a Storm
You don’t need torrents of rain or volleys of hail to produce storm damage. In fact, the wind alone can cause enough damage to warrant a roof replacement or repair. So, whether you have experienced a hailstorm, hurricane, thunderstorm, or tornado, you need to make sure to check your roof’s condition as soon as you can.
According to Walt Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, every thunderstorm has a straight line burst of wind. When that wind reaches 50 to 60 mph, it can start damaging homes by blowing debris from your neighbor’s house, bringing down power lines, or toppling nearby trees.
After a storm, you need to check your roof to ensure it was not damaged by the hail, the wind, or other sources. You should document any problems and get help from your insurance company and a competent contractor. They can help you fix any issues that arise.
How to Spot Roof Damage
Hailstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms can give your roof with beating with debris and tree branches, and tear the shingles from your roof. After a storm, follow these steps to check for storm damage:
– Inspect your attic for water damage or leaks. If water stains appear on your home interior walls or ceiling, you may need a roof repair or replacement.
– Look for signs of damage from the ground. Look for missing pieces of metal fascia, including pieces displaced from the chimney. Also, look for missing shingles. Assess the condition is outer, edges, exhaust pipes and angles when the roof meets the walls.
– You will know if a tree fell on the roof. If so, do not enter your home until an expert can determine if there is any structural damage. Consider hiring a roofer or general contractor. The person you choose should have a general contractor’s license because if the house has structural damage, you’ll need roof repairs and general home repair services.
– If the storm produced hail, you should look for siding damage, as well as roof damage. Hail damage is usually seen in the form of dimples, which are created when small hail chunks hit the shingle’s outer layer.
– Stay safe by not going on the roof to look for the damage yourself. Instead, call a professional roofer.