High winds and storms can create a list of issues for your roof. If you notice missing shingles, water leaks, or other potential signs of wind damage, it’s important to contact a licensed roofer for a thorough evaluation. Next, contact your insurance company to file a claim to begin your repairs.
Are you looking for guidance on repairs after wind damage? It can be stressful discovering your roof in need of a repair and trying to make decisions on how best to repair the damage is no easy task. If you need roof repairs, Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC is here to help.
Keep reading to find out what risks are out there, and what Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC can do to help.
Different Kinds of Storm and Wind Damage
Specific kinds of weather can create specific kinds of problems for your roofing and home. Throughout the seasons, it’s important to know what potential problems could be coming your way.
When it comes to storms and wind damage, here are some of the risks to stay aware of and prepared for.
- Wind damage. High wind storms can blow debris and branches around your property, causing damage to your home. This hazardous blown debris can cause structural damage to roofs and homes. Strong winds can cause roof shingles to loosen or get carried away by the gusts entirely.
- Hail damage. Hail is one of the most common sources of heavy damage to roofs, with the sizes ranging from dimes to golf balls. They can also go upwards of 100 miles per hour. The impact of this severe weather can break apart shingles with ease.
- Rain damage. Collected water from rain storms can make its way into your home through damage to your roofing, accumulate in your attics, and eventually your ceilings if the leak is big enough. Mold and mildew can begin to grow in these sorts of wet environments.
What Storm and Wind Damage Can Look Like
Now that you know the different kinds of storm and wind damage risks, it’s important to know the symptoms of the damage. Roof damage can look different in various ways, and it’s important to know what warning signs to watch out for around your property.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Wind can damage, lift, and even carry off shingles. It can also curl or warp them. When this happens, the material beneath the missing or damaged shingles may prematurely fall apart, effectively cutting in half your roof’s life span without the added protection of the shingle.
These are like an open wound on your roof, offering a place for water and other elements to slip through the cracks. If you discover damaged or missing shingles, it is important to call a licensed roofer as soon as possible to begin your repairs.
Manufacturers who produce shingles add granules to them to help guard your roof against the sun’s UV rays. Wind and severe storms, however, can cause shingles to break and weaken, leading them to lose their granules.
When looking for granule loss, it’s important to seek out spots of discoloration on your roof. This can be done by a licensed roofer when they climb up to your roof and perform the inspection. Granules can also collect in your rain gutters.
Interior Water Damage
Rain driven by high winds can quickly make its way into your home through openings and cracks in the roofing. This can cause ugly staining on ceilings and an unsavory, moldy odor around your house. You may see bulges in your drywall where the water has accumulated.
It’s important to inspect your attic thoroughly, as this may be one of the first places you see water damage. Be wary of any signs of wet insulation, or dark marks on the attic’s walls. You may also see sagging or cracking in the plywood.
Missing Flashing and Broken Gutters
Flashing systems help guide the water in the direction where you would prefer it to go. Hail storms can wreak havoc on flashing and cause large dents, and wind can loosen flashings effectively as well. These weather patterns can ultimately lead to water leaks inside your home.
If hit by hail during a storm, it is possible for metal gutters to dent and plastic gutters actually to break completely. Dirt and debris blown by the wind can clog your gutters as well. Typically, damaged gutters are more easily spotted than damaged flashing.
What To Do Next After Finding Wind Damage
It can be very distressing to find damage done to your roof and home. It’s important to stay calm and get help as soon as possible. Leaving roofing problems to deal with later may cause even more damage and cost you even more money in the long run.
It is not recommended for homeowners to get on their own roofs and inspect them, as doing so is a safety hazard, and you may even cause unintentional damage to your roof in the meantime.
Call a trusted professional to do a thorough inspection to determine the best way to fix the problem.
Filing An Insurance Claim
Specific types of severe weather, like hail, are considered an Act of God. Meaning, they are natural events that could not have been prevented in any way. This makes insurance financially liable for paying for the roof repairs.
We like to encourage our clients to work with their insurance to file a claim that will help offset the cost of the repair. We are experienced in dealing with claims and have helped many of our clients repair their roofs with the help of their insurance.
Call us today!
At Tar Heel Construction Group LLC, we are known for our professionalism and will never pressure you into any decision you don’t feel comfortable with. Interested in having Tar Heel Construction repair your wind-damaged roof? Call us at (410) 638-7021 to talk today!