After a severe storm sweeps through your neighborhood, you will want to take a look at your property so you can report any damage to your insurance company. When it comes to your roof, how will you know what damage was caused by the storm or what may have been there before due to installation errors or normal wear and tear? Since your roof is not a place that you look at often, it can be difficult to distinguish hail or wind damaged roofs.
Here are some tips that should help you know what to look for:
- Hail damage will appear in clusters and may seem to be located on only one side of the roof (depending on the wind). The damage may remind you of bruises, as it will be a series of spots that are slightly darker than the rest of the roof.
- Wind damaged roofs can have torn or missing shingles. If the storm was very severe, there may be entire sections of shingles that are missing.
- Check for leaks in the attic or ceiling of your house. This is a good indicator that your roof has been damaged.
- Wind damaged roofs could also have debris that may have blown on the roof in the storm. The debris can actually be the cause of the damage. If you have damage due to other materials blowing onto your roof, look for cuts or punctures.
- If you have a type of shingle that is not asphalt, look for cracked or broken shingles.
- The metal on your roof can be very telling; check the rain gutters and any vents for pockmarks or other signs of damage.
If you discover any damage that needs to be repaired after a storm, give us a call at Race City Roofing. We’d be glad to help you out!