When a storm hits, your roof is a protector, protecting you from the wind, rain, hail and blowing debris. Unfortunately, that often means bearing the brunt of the storm itself, including falling trees and tropical forced wind storms and even the toughest roofs can suffer afternoon storm roof damage, and unless you’re specifically looking for it, you might not be able to tell. If you find that your roof actually has suffered afternoon storm roof damage, you should call a roofing contractor as soon as possible to ensure that the problems don’t get worse. But first, you need to know how to recognize the damage. Here are eight things to look for:
Missing Shingles: This is one of the easiest forms of roof damage to detect visually and you might even be able to see the places where the shingles used to be without ever having to step foot on a ladder. Of course, this will depend upon several things. You should check on all four points of inspection, a front, rear, right and left elevation of your roof. You need to step back 15-20 feet from your roof, from there look for any tabs laying up on roof, or you might see broken shingles on the ground.
Damage to Fiberglass-based Asphalt Shingles: If you have asphalt shingles, 3 tab or architectural shingles, you have a different problem and you might be able to tell without climbing a ladder yet again. Just stand back and look at your fiberglass-based asphalt shingles. If they appear to have impressions, pitting, bruising or marring from the ground, you probably have hail damage. Dented or damaged shingles can most often happen when large hail strikes them. Have a qualified licensed roofing contractor like AJ Wells Roofing and Construction do a thorough inspection on the roof and they can tell you if you have damages or not.
There’s a Hole in the Roof: If a particular large sized ball of hail, say the size of a Volkswagen, hits your roof, the big gaping hole it leaves behind is going to be instantly visible. But hailstones don’t usually come in Volkswagen size, so you’ll probably have to climb a ladder and inspect the roof to see if you can spot any impact or marring on the shingles themselves call AJ Wells Roofing and Construction
Granules: When hail hits a shingle roof, it can sometimes cause degranulation. If hail hits it can cause the life of your shingles to be significantly shortened because of the bruising. The degranulation may cause the strip to break and exposing the fiberglass and asphalt layer. Over time this exposure can cause excessive amounts of sunshine and harsh weather which will dry out the fiberglass and cause a spider web effect, which means it dries out and becomes brittle. This will lead to leaking in your roof. So If you have recently been hit with a hail storm, we suggest you check your gutters to see if there is a build up of granules. If you found them in your gutter, or a large amount on the ground, or you see holes in your window screens or pool screen or dents in your aluminum gutters , chances are your roof was damaged from the storm. These dents and holes you are looking for are soft collateral damages that can prove your house was damaged by hail.
Denting on Roof Fixtures: Sometimes, afternoon storm roof damage can result in dented or pinged gutters or vents and this can range from a minor bump to a serious dent that requires the gutter or vent to be replaced. Also look for dents on the roof flashing. Anytime there is damage there is potential for further problems down the road, and only you can decide if the afternoon storm roof damage is enough to warrant a licensed roofing contractor to come do an inspection on your home. AJ Wells Roofing and Construction is here to help you.