Most roofs are designed and installed to hold up imperviously to severe storms and weather. There are instances where we find storms to be harsh enough to cause extensive damage to roofing systems. Following any particularly bad New England windstorm, we frequently see widespread cases of wind damage to roofs in our area, such as Arlington or Newton. Due to the fact that wind is not uniform in its path, it can pull and push your shingles in many different directions. Wind damage is unique as there are often no patterns to the damage which makes repair more tricky than wind sheer. Hail damage to your roof is another cause for concern, as this can be very detrimental to shingle health and ultimately downgrade the overall lifespan on your roof. As a hole, severe storms can wreak havoc on roofing systems of the northeast and in turn cause extensive and expensive damage. There are things you can do after a storm is over to make sure you are identifying any worrisome issues before they become worse. We have compiled a list of a few of the most egregious signs that a storm has negatively impacted your home.
Check for Wind Damage to Shingles
While shingles are mostly impervious to weather, high winds can cause issues in how they lay and adhere to your roof deck. An important step in assessing storm damage to your roof is identifying any problem areas with your shingles. These problems will commonly show in the form of lost or broken shingles, where you first notice shingles in your yard. Similarly, shingles that are curling, whether in the middle of your roof, or on the edge, are signs of roof damage. As these are meant to shed water, lifted or curled shingles may allow water to enter the core of your roof.
Downed Branches are a Sign of Storm Damage to your Roof
From the ground, a stick or branch on your roof may not look like much. It is often difficult to tell if these pieces of debris have actually broken shingles or were simply blown lightly onto the top of the roof. Since it is wise to clear these off anyway, this is a good time to check for cracks or other damage to your roof. It is not often safe to climb onto your roof by yourself so this is the time to contact a roofing expert who can ease the post storm assessment process. An expert can aid in removing debris and identifying shingle issues before they become worse.
Be Aware of Hail Damage on your Roof
While not particularly common here in the northeast, severe hailstorms are a real threat to the health of your shingle roof. Hail damage on your roof can manifest itself into several forms, however the most common is cracked shingles, or those that have lost their granules. Hail can also damage the underlayment and roof deck itself with its unending barrage of ice balls of varying sizes. Checking on your roof after a particularly bad hail storm is an important first step in storm cleanup and assessment.
For a helpful checklist to aid in your after storm roof assessment, head over to our friends at Owens Corning to see what additional steps they recommend. Owens Corning is a leader in roof products, and they have seen it all when it comes to storm damage to roofs. Do not be afraid to contact a roofing professional to help with your post storm assessment. We are ready and available to aid in your next storm cleanup review. Our experts are standing by to speak with you, contact us today.