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How To Tell If Your Roof Has Storm Damage

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

The insurance adjustment device marked hail damage on an insured roof. Hail damage to roof

Signs of Storm Damage

Storms can have devastating effects on your home, especially if you don't take precautions. When you hear about storms on the news and see the damage they've caused, it's easy to forget that you live in an area where these things are possible. However, if your roof has been damaged by a storm or flood, it's important that you know how to tell—and then fix—the problem as soon as possible. Here are some signs of storm damage:

Storms can do a lot of damage to your home, including your roof. 

The most common cause of storm-related damage is hail, which is small chunks of ice that fall from thunderstorms and can pierce cars and roofs. Hail often goes unnoticed until it melts, leaving behind dents in the roof that need repair work by an experienced contractor.

Other types of storm damage include wind, lightning and flooding - all of which can affect your home's exterior as well as its interior insulation.

Hail damage

Depending on how large the hail is, it can cause dents and cracks in your roof. This means that water can leak into your home through these holes. Hail also causes rapid deterioration of shingles, which will lead to leaks that could cost you thousands of dollars over time.

Hail damage to your roof can be detrimental to more than just the look of your house; it could also cause mold growth inside your walls or ceiling as well as rot if left untreated for too long! If not addressed promptly by a professional contractor, hail damage has been known to lead to other issues such as pooling water near chimneys or vents where rainwater is likely to collect during storms -- thus increasing the likelihood of ice dams forming on roofs during winter months when temperatures drop below freezing.

Wind damage

You can tell if a roof has been damaged by storm damage if you see the following signs:

  • Loose shingles and tiles. If you see any of these, it's time to call a roofing contractor.
  • Dents in the surface of your roof. This is also an indication that you need to hire a professional.
  • Missing or torn shingles and tiles, which may be caused by flying debris during a storm or high winds.

Lightning strikes

If your roof is hit by lightning, you may have to deal with a fire. This could happen even if the lightning strike itself doesn't burn through the roof (though this is possible). If the electricity travels through or into your house and causes an electrical fire, your entire home will be damaged significantly as well.

Lightning strikes can cause leaks in your roofing materials and damage them beyond repair. The water damage from these leaks can lead to mold growth inside of your home, which can cause significant property damage.

Storms can do a lot of damage to your home, including your roof. It's important to take notice of this and make sure you have the right repairs done. Routine maintenance is the best way to avoid roof damage. If your home or business as suffered from any damage, don’t hesitate and give our SERVPRO of Pflugerville team a call today!

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