You are probably in the midst of your summer enjoying beach days, cool treats and family time. During the summer the last thing we want to think about is maintaining our homes and the possible damage that could be done to it. However, it is very important to consider what summer storms can actually do to your home – or more importantly your roof over your head. Now, we aren’t telling you that you need to be on your roof checking for problems every day, but you do need to take a look after there has been a serious storm or wind to ensure that your home is okay.
Types of Damage
Summer storms and their high-speed winds, rain, and hail can cause a multitude of damage to your roof or surrounding areas that can eventually affect your home. Wind damage can knock foliage and power lines or poles out of place and into the yard. This can be problematic because the loose branches and pieces can fly onto your roof or into your home and cause damage.
Pockmarks appear when hail causes damage to the shingles. These marks can vary in size and usually appear to be dark like the felt that is underneath the shingles. These pockmarks can be damaging to your roof if not taken care of, but they don’t always need to be replaced – talk to your roofer about the marks and get their professional opinion if you are unsure.
Storm damage can cause damage to your shingles, but also can cause some to go missing – fully revealing that protective felt underneath. You might notice the missing shingles in your yard or your neighbor’s yard, but don’t just throw them away. You should hold onto them so that your roofer can easily replace it with a new one based off of the shingles already on your roof.
Another way you might notice a missing shingle is by dark spots on your roof. These dark spots come from lack of sunlight; shingles often turn lighter in color due to the constant sunlight, therefore the ones that are underneath of the now missing shingles have not been exposed to the same sun damage.
It is important to remember that a full shingle might not come off, but half might rip off or develop a tear.
Granules are a part of the shingles that protect the asphalt coating from harmful UV rays, adds to the look of the shingle and also, provide fire resistance. Granules will begin to wear away with time, but during a storm, they can also become damaged – especially if they are older. The loss of granules is usually not too severe, but if you can see the paper that is under the granules begin to appear then you might have a problem. You also might notice the loss at the base of your gutter downspout because they often run off the roof through that direction. If this is the case, you should call a roofer to determine if it is time to replace them.
Dents and Impressions
If you feel physically able and comfortable, you should check your roof from dents and impressions after a storm. Anything made from metal can develop denting from hail storms. If you do not feel comfortable looking yourself, you can call a roofer and they will take a look for you.
Hail can cause extreme damage to your roof, whether you have asphalt shingles or wood shingles. When it comes to asphalt shingles, you can tell they are damaged if they have developed random black spots, granules have fallen off which has caused the felting to show, the asphalt or mat appears shiny, or even softness where the hail hit.
When dealing with wood shingles, random splits that have a brown or orange color can be a sign of damage. Splits in wooden shingles cause sharp corners and edges or marks and dents along the splits.
No matter what shingles you have, if you have just experienced a hail storm and are worried about the safety of your roof you should call a contractor to take a look and assess the damage.
Moisture Inside of the Home
Moisture that has seeped through the roof can cause stains and many more issues. This is usually caused when you have damage as mentioned above that has not been repaired. The best way to determine if this is a problem for you is to check the attic for moisture or leaking. The wood in the attic will become darker than the unharmed wood. If you see a stain it is most likely from leaking, but you should touch it to see if it is still wet and determine if it is recent of leftover from another storm.
If you have just experienced a powerful storm, or live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you should regularly take a look at your roof. For the most part, damage can be spotted from the ground. However, sometimes it does help to take a look from up there. If you feel comfortable, you should inspect your roof. If not, you should call a contractor if you are worried about possible damage to the roof.
Preventative Measures for Storm Damage
- Check the foliage that surrounds your home for loose branches or decay.
- Get surge protectors and unplug electronics that use a lot of power during a storm.
- Keep your drains, scuppers, and gutters clean so that the rain can properly drain.
- Seal the cracks in your foundation and walls that are next to opening in your house (windows, doors, chimneys, and pipes).
- If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you can invest in roof clips or hurricane straps to prevent your roof from quite literally blowing away.
As always, try to take care of your roof to the best of your abilities. But if you find that you cannot manage to spot damage or get on top of the roof to take a look yourself, Carolina’s Best Roofing can take a look to ensure your safety.