Your roof is built to withstand many of nature's elements, however, in some cases, strong storms can create winds that could compromise the integrity of your roof. The signs of wind damage are often subtle so it's important to be aware of exactly what to look out for. Fixing the problems quickly can prevent future damage and potentially save you a lot of money down the road. Damaged roofs can lead to leaks which can drip into the interior of your home, ruining your most valuable possessions. It's smart to inspect your roof after each and every major storm.
Here are key signs that your roof has experienced roof damage:
Missing or Damaged Shingles
Missing or damaged shingles is one of the more obvious signs of wind damage. If a few shingles are missing in one localized location, don't sweat it too much. It's important to get these replaced quickly but it's easy and inexpensive to fix.
If multiple shingles are missing in various locations of your roof, that is a sign that your roof has suffered more intense damages and you will need either a full roof replacement depending on the age of your roof, or a major repair to replace the missing shingles. It's best to hire a professional to assess the situation and give you the proper recommendations.
If you notice the thin metal/tar sealed strips on your roof are damaged or torn off by strong winds, it's important that you get these fixed immediately. Flashings are one of your roof's most vulnerable parts and are easily damaged by wind or strong hail/rain. Once your flashings are gone, the rest of your roof won't be too far behind.
Granules in Gutters
Granules on shingles protect against UV rays, elemental weather, and provide aesthetic appeals. They essentially help to protect the shingles and are the first line of defense.
Looking out of a window in your home or carefully checking your gutters on a ladder, make sure you check for shingle granules. If there is a large number of granules in your gutters, the waterproofing protection of your shingles is seriously at risk. Very strong winds can strip the granules off of shingles, making your roof extremely vulnerable to any future elements.
Check to see if any nails are visibly "popped up" or are laying around the perimeter of your home. Any loose nails will cause the shingles to loosen and possibly detach from the roof itself. Use binoculars to inspect from a window or ground level, never climb on your roof unless you are experienced. Consult a professional if you suspect there are nails missing.
What to Do If Your Roof Has Wind Damage?
Your number one priority is to get your roof fixed immediately. The longer you put it off, the more damage could occur. You will save money by addressing the problems immediately rather than waiting. Waiting will put your home at risk for leaks and water damage, which can create even more problems and money.
Hire a professional roofing contractor to work with you, contact your insurance company, file a claim and be an advocate for you in the insurance process. Document the damages and keep all receipts from work done on your roof. Many policies will cover and reimburse these expenses, check with your insurance provider.
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For all of your wind damage concerns, trust the professionals at BRAX roofing. We will evaluate your unique situation and create a customized plan based on our inspection findings. Our team is determined to leave you 100% satisfied with your experience.
It is our job to work with your insurance provider to make sure that you get as much coverage as possible.
Contact us today for more information or a free evaluation, we're here to help you!