One of the first things any homeowner should do after a storm is check for roof damage.
Even if you have no visible water inside your home, roof damage is still a possibility. While it might be tempting to climb up on the roof, we recommend homeowners avoid this whenever possible. Always try to assess roof damage from ground level if you can. Try using a pair of binoculars to see more clearly before making the decision to use a ladder.
On its own, rain is not usually enough to damage a structurally sound roof. Add wind, flying debris, and hail to the mix, however, and roofs may take a serious pounding.
Sometimes, roof damage is obvious to the eye. Still, you should take your time and look closely when assessing your situation. Some symptoms can be surprisingly hard to spot.
Let’s review some of the most common types of storm damage
Signs of Wind Damage
Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50 miles per hour. Winds associated with severe thunderstorms are often called “straight line” winds to differentiate them from tornadoes. Wind damage is associated with more than half of all severe weather events. Signs of wind damage include:
Signs of Hail and Snow Damage
Hail forms in strong thunderstorm clouds at temperatures of 32°F and below, the same range at which snow is possible. Hailstones are balls of ice, usually most damaging between 1 inch and 1.75 inch in diameter. Because they are compact, they can punch through solid objects. Signs of hail damage include:
Signs of Water Damage
It’s not just water driven by high wind that damages a structure. Even a small amount of standing moisture from a storm can lead to serious issues. With that in mind, it’s important to examine your home and surroundings carefully even after winds die down. Signs of water damage include: