If you have ever seen the movie Twister then you know the amount of damage that severe weather can have upon a roof. Roofs are an important part of our home, as they help control insulation and keep us protected from the outside elements. When severe weather strikes, your roof takes some major hits for you, and as a result, can need some immediate attention. It can be hard to tell whether or not your roof has sustained storm damage. In order to help keep you and your family safe, this article focuses on what to look for when evaluating your roof for storm damage, and how you can help cover the cost for repairs.
What Is Storm Damage?
Storm damage is any type of malfunction, fault, or deformity caused by the elements, such as wind, hail, debris, and driving rain. Storm damage can be extensive or it can be just little things like a missing or broken shingle. No matter how major these damages are, they should be taken care of quickly. Leaving a problem for too long, no matter how small, can cause it to evolve into a much larger problem.
How Can I Tell If My Roof Has Suffered From Storm Damage?
The only way to tell if your roof has suffered from storm damage is to do an inspection after the storm has passed. You can always do an inspection on your own, or if you feel more comfortable, you can have a professional roofer do one for you. In case you are a hands-on person and would like to do the inspection for yourself, here is a detailed list of what to look for.
Inside Of The Home
Start with doing an inspection inside of your home. Problems with your roof are often times the most visible where you least expect it. Pay particular attention to your ceiling and walls for noticeable signs of a roof leak. If you are not sure what this looks like, don’t worry, we will spell it out for you.
Signs Of A Potential Roof Leak.
- Stains on the ceiling or walls.
- Bubbling paint from the moisture in ceilings or walls.
- Water dripping from your ceiling when it rains
- Condensation building up on the ceiling or walls
- Water damage to the floor or nearby furniture/belongs.
If you don’t notice anything striking from the inside of your home then proceed to the outdoors (preferably after it has finished storming), and evaluate the status of your roof.
Start by doing an investigation of your yard. If you notice any debris lying around on the ground, then there is a high possibility that it could have struck your roof before landing in your yard. Finding broken or loose shingles on the ground is a guaranteed indicator that your roof has been struck and has sustained some damage.
Once you have taken notice of your yard, then take a look at your roof. Pay particular attention to the state of the shingles. If you notice any curling of the edges, caused by wind damage, some of them are broken, or there are shingles missing, then it is time to call a roofer. Missing, broken, and curling shingles are signs that damage has been caused. Ignoring damages for too long will cause your roof to develop a complication such as a leak, or even holes to form if another severe storm were to bring debris or hail your way.
If nothing seems immediately wrong with the shingles, you can also take notice of the flashings and the gutters. If you notice any dents, warping, or even the soffit or the fascia starting to come apart, then you can be pretty sure that your roof has suffered from storm damage.
It is also important that you make sure you clean your gutters out regularly, as a clogged gutter can make your fascia more prone to damage from added weight and leaks from the gutter.
Is Storm Damage Covered By Insurance?
It is always safe to go over your insurance policy to be a hundred percent sure, but usually, homeowner’s insurance will cover damages caused by storms. For emergency repairs, such as roof replacements and leak repairs are generally always covered for by insurance companies. What they typically ask is that you have a roof inspection done, so that way they can understand exactly what kind of damage has been done to the roof and what is going to be done to fix it.
At Faile Roofing, we specialize in storm damage roof repair. We will be able to work alongside your insurance company to help you get your life back on track after a major storm. If your roof needs emergency roof repair, or you are looking for a free estimate in Lake Wylie and Rock Hill, SC, then call us today at (704) 837-0931.
Just keep in mind, most insurance companies will NOT cover damages from storm damage that has been ignored and turned into a larger problem. This is because the new problem that developed from storm damage could have been avoided if it had been taken care of earlier.
Another important thing to note, when you are looking to replace shingles due to debris or hail damage, this usually isn’t covered either. As broken or lost shingles that cover less than thirty percent of your roof are considered cosmetic damages, not major damage.
Storm Damage Services
Don’t let storm damage cause you and your family unneeded stress. Instead, turn to your trusted team of roofers at Faile Roofing in Lake Wylie and Rock Hill, SC. We provide emergency roof repair services that help restore the integrity of your roof and give it the strength to power through the next storm. We also help you deal with insurance companies, providing you an estimate that will allow them to understand what is damaged and how it is going to be fixed. Our clients are our number one concern, which is why we always make ourselves readily available for emergency services. If you would like a free estimate or need repairs, call us today at (704) 837-0931 to speak with a representative.