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How to Check Your Roof for Storm Damage

Storms and hurricanes can cause a lot of damage to your roof. The nature of the damage to your roof after a storm can vary greatly depending on several factors. However, one thing's for sure, you should never let a storm go by without checking to see if your roof sustained any damage.

What Kind of Roof Damage Can Storms and Hurricanes Cause?

The damage from a storm can vary depending on the type of storm that comes through. Usually, the damage depends on the different types of elements that come with a storm.
Wind Damage
Wind alone can do a lot of damage to your roof. Wind can move, damage or otherwise lift shingles from your roof. If shingles are lifted, your roof may be exposed to even more damage from storm elements.

When the wind lifts a shingle, it can eventually remove the shingle completely. This action exposes the shingle behind it, and so on, in a chain reaction. It's not impossible to lose a large percentage of roofing shingles from the wind alone.
Flying Debris
The wind can also send debris flying onto your roof. Anything hitting your roof at high speed can cause damage. For example, if you have trees close to your roof, the wind can cause branches to scrape against your roof and remove shingles.
Water Damage
Heavy, repeated rainfall can cause water damage to a roof. If shingles have been removed, for example, rain water can get into the exposed deck or underlayment. That can lead to water damage and leaks.

If water is trapped under the roof’s shingles, the water may freeze if the temperature drops. If all the water on or under your shingles freezes, it will cause your roofing materials to expand. This can ruin the integrity of your entire roof.

Of course, with water, there's also the danger of mold growth. Any water trapped in or on your roof can cause mold to grow.
Other Types of Storm Damage
Even the average storm can come with possible hail and even lightning damage. Hail damage can cause tremendous amounts of impact damage to your roof. Lightning that strikes the roof directly can cause much damage as well, especially if there's no lightning rod present to catch it.

How Do You Check for Damage to Your Roof After a Storm?

After a storm or hurricane, it's important you start assessing the possible damage to your roof immediately. You don't have to be a roofing specialist to spot many of the signs of damage.
Look Around Outside
You can look around on the ground outside to see if you can find displaced shingles.

Look at the trees around your property to see if any of the trees have been broken. Also, look for branch debris littered around, if there's a lot of debris on the ground, there's a chance some is on your roof as well. Look up at your roof or use binoculars to see if there's any obvious damage. 

You should also check your siding. If there are dents, dings or obvious signs of damage on your siding, it's possible your roof has seen some of that damage as well.
Look Around Inside
Go up into the attic and look for leaks or signs of moisture. Check the walls for water stains. Sometimes there's damage inside even when there's no visible damage to the outside of your roof.

If you suspect there's any roof damage at all, you should call in a professional to take a closer look. Remember your roof consists of several different components working together. It's often possible to fully repair a roof with storm damage, but you have to act quickly.

At G.A. Denison & Sons, Inc., we can inspect and repair your roof. If you're not sure or think there's a possibility of damage, contact us today.
G.A. Denison & Sons, Inc
131 Cedar Grove Ave.
New London, CT 06320
P.O. Box 550
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-388-3567
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