Signs of Storm Damage on Your Roof

If you own a home, there’s no doubt that you want your roof to be stable and safe. While roofs are made of durable materials meant to last for years, storms can damage roofs more quickly. Whether it’s a big hail storm, high winds, or snow, storms can wreak havoc on your roofing system, and, if left unaddressed, you could end up risking the safety of yourself and your family.

But how do you know if your roof has storm damage? The best way to be sure is to request a roofing inspection from Unified Roofing. However, this guide also covers the basics of detecting storm damage.

Here are five signs that you have storm damage on your roof:

Missing or Damaged Shingles

One of the most obvious signs of storm damage is missing or damaged shingles. Whether you have asphalt, wood, ceramic, or any other type of shingle, winds, hail, and falling debris can cause damage. If you notice this issue, it’s best to have a roofing contractor inspect the issue. This can often be a quick fix.

Signs of Water Damage

Water damage can be expensive to repair, so you want to act quickly if you notice any signs. A big storm can mess up the drainage systems, gutters, and more, leading to water damage.

It’s a good idea after a storm to look out for water leaks, discoloration on the ceiling, and strange smells.

Granule Loss or Debris

If you have asphalt shingles, a storm can disrupt the granules. You may notice that some areas on the roof look bald or that you see granules on the ground near your home.

For other roofing systems, you’ll want to look out for fallen roofing debris, such as tiles or other roofing elements.

Flashing or Gutter Damage

Roof flashing is usually made of galvanized steel, and it’s used to keep water from accumulating in places it shouldn’t. Flashing goes around vents, chimneys, and skylights.

After a storm, damaged flashing increases the risk of water damage, so look carefully around the roof to see if the flashing is intact. You’ll also want to inspect gutters. If they are leaking, falling apart, or moving away from the roof, you’ll want to get them repaired right away.

Fallen Debris on the Roof

Finally, keep an eye out for any debris on the roof. While a fallen tree or huge branch on the rooftop is rather noticeable, you want to note smaller debris as well. Look out for fallen branches or anything that’s on the roof that shouldn’t be.

Call Today for Storm Damage Restoration

Do you suspect storm damage or just want peace of mind? Our trained roofing contractors will assess the state of your roof with our thorough inspection process. From there, we can make recommendations for repairs to ensure your roof is safe and sound.

Contact Unified Roofing today to set up an appointment or to request a free quote!