Just because you cannot see signs of storm damage does not mean that there isn’t any.
While some damage is easily spotted, such as blown off shingles, other types such as hail damage are hard to spot without close inspection. Hail damage on roofs appears as dark spots or bruises in the shingles causing the granules to fall off.
Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home and if left unfixed water can seep through your roof and into your home. In some cases, water can appear in ceilings and walls as a discoloration or stain.
Asphalt Shingle Storm Damage:
On an asphalt roof, hail damage appears as a dark spot or bruise, where the roofing granules have been knocked away. In some cases you may find holes or cracking, indentations on the roof, or missing shingles all together, especially when a storm was accompanied with high winds. This can result in leaking followed by serious water damage. This water damage, if ignored, will lead to mold formation and wood rot. Water damage can utterly compromise the overall structural integrity of your roof, resulting in collapse. In addition, mold formation often occurs. Allowing mold to form within a structure can ultimately pose a very serious threat to one’s health, if not addressed immediately. In severe wind storms, it is common for shingles or sections of the roof to be missing altogether, again exposing your home to the elements and the damage they cause.
Shake (wood) Roof, Metal Roof, Tile Roof, and Slate Roof Shingles:
These types of roofing can all suffer damage following a severe thunderstorm. Each type of shingle shows its own unique signs of damage. If you are unsure whether or not your roof may have damage, you should have an inspection performed right away. After all, it never hurts to have us check. Give us a call and we will send one of our specialists out to your home to perform a free, no obligation inspection.
Gutters, Siding, and Fascia
While most of the damage occurs on the roof of the home, the siding and gutter system of your home is also very susceptible to damage. Damage on siding can appear as holes or siding ripped away from the home. Gutter and fascia damage are identified by the dents caused by hail.