A strong thunderstorm—or weather front—can produce high-speed and damaging winds. Even without rain or hail, a strong windstorm can produce enough wind to warrant a roof repair—or worse, replacement.
After the storm ends, you must be vigilant and attempt to spot any damages. Here are three tips for spotting roof damage from a strong storm:
1. Walk the Perimeter of Your Home
Once the storm has died down, put on a good pair of shoes and walk the perimeter of your home. Bring along a camera and snap photos of any damages you find. Obvious signs of damage may include:
- Damaged shingles (dented, torn, or curled shingles)
- Missing shingles
- Dents or "bruises" on the gutters or vents
You may also find pieces of your roof or chimney on the ground.
While outside, be sure to look for other damages such as fallen trees, broken fences, and other issues that may need your attention.
2. Head to Your Attic
Even if the damage outside is minimal; it is possible to have severe structural damage inside. Head indoors and up to your attic and look for signs of water damage. If it was raining during the storm—or has rained since the storm—you may find obvious signs of damage. Look for water spots or discoloration in the attic and in the ceiling. Don't forget to look at light fixtures on the ceiling, as they may also have suffered damage.
3. Inspect the Windows and Gutters
Your shingles may appear fine after a large storm, but other damages may be present—and may indicate roofing issues. Look for possible damages to the windows and gutters of your home, especially on the second level (if you have one).
Be on the lookout for dents in the gutters, torn window screens, or missing weather-stripping. All of these point to storm damage and were likely caused by strong winds; and this means your roof will need to be looked at.
While looking for storm damage, be sure to avoid climbing up to your roof. After a storm, your home may be suffering from structural damage; which means your home is dangerous and susceptible to other damages. It may also be slippery due to rain.
If you notice any damages to your home, contact a professional roofing contractor immediately. Oftentimes, they offer free inspections and estimates; so that you can plan accordingly and tell your home insurance company of the damages and estimated cost. To learn more, contact a company like Empire Roofing for help.