As the first line of defense for your home, your roof will take a beating when it comes to weather. If the roof is installed correctly, damage-free, and maintained, a few heavy rainstorms won’t make it waver in its duty to protect your home. However, all it can take is a few seconds of marble-sized hail to do roof damage. Furthermore, strong winds can also compromise the integrity of a roof. Once a roof is damaged, even a little bit, it is not going to heal up and get better. Instead, that damage is only going to get worse if left unaddressed, resulting in leaks at best and expensive structural damage at worse.
Spotting Roof Damage After a Storm
If you have weathered any of the dramatic and occasionally dangerous storms in Texas, then you should always check your roof afterwards. In cases of storm damage, most of the time your insurance will pay for the repair, but the faster you see the damage after the storm, the more likely the insurance company will be to pay even though many still pay for claims up to a year after the weather.
However, the key thing to remember with storm damage and roofing is that it is very unlikely you will be able to spot the damage from the ground. You will often need to go up on the roof as well as have some knowledge on what a healthy roof should look like. However, there are some tell tale signs of probable roof damage you can note before calling out the professionals to get confirmation of the damage and an estimate on what it will cost to fix.
Signs of roof damage after a storm include:
- Shingles on the ground – There are no extra shingles on a roof, they all serve a purpose. If you find one or more in your yard, that is roof damage.
- Dimples in your roofing – Most common with hail storms, if you inspect your roofing closely and note small – or not so small – dimples in the shingles or other coverings, it may not look like huge damage, but it commonly leads to leaking. Those dimples need fixing before they get any worse, and they will get worse.
- Branches on the roof – Roofing damage is not always very obvious when even a medium size branch lands on your roof, but you want to have it checked to be sure, as well as remove the branch as soon as possible.
- Shifting, missing, or damaged valleys, outer edges, or exhaust pipes – These can be difficult to spot if you aren’t familiar with your roof, but in many cases of damage to these areas, it is easy to tell when something isn’t quite right. Many roofs thrive on straight lines and if you notice some of these things are dented or tilted, they are damaged.
If you have noticed any of the above, then it is possible that you have roof damage. Unfortunately, spotting roof damage, even with the above guidelines, can still be difficult to the untrained eye. The good news is that you can often have a professional out to inspect it after the storm if you think there is damage, but you are still unsure about it.
If you are in Texas and your home has weathered some of the legendary bad weather the state has, but not completely without damage to your roof, contact us today. Call us at 832-970-6603 and we’ll come right over for a roof inspection completely free of charge and with no obligation. We at Cheetah Roofing pride ourselves on being cheetah fast in all repairs, but we also make sure it is done right.