Storm Damage to Your Roof?

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Alex Sparks
Alex Sparks
Updated - May 26, 2024

Let's face it, storms are a fact of life here in Florida. While they bring us much-needed rain, they can also be tough on our homes, especially our roofs. But how can you tell if the damage your roof sustained is due to a recent storm and qualifies for repair or replacement by your insurance company?

At Blue Sky Roofing, we cannot guide you through the claim process but we can refer you to a licensed adjuster to help you with the claim. This blog is here to equip you with the knowledge to identify signs of storm damage and what steps to take if you suspect your roof has been compromised.

Wind Damage

Strong wind blowing at palm trees
Strong winds

Strong winds can be a real bully to your roof. Here's what to watch out for:

  • Missing Shingle Mayhem: High winds can cause shingles to loosen and take flight entirely.
  • Curling or Lifting Shingles: Wind can sneak under shingles, causing them to buckle and lift like a mischievous child.
  • Granule Loss: A Cause for Concern, But Not Always Wind Damage

Shingles are covered in small granules that protect them from the elements. Excessive granule loss in your gutters can indicate wear and tear over time, or it could be a sign of wind damage. However, it's not always a definitive indicator of wind. Here's why:

  • Natural Erosion: Granules can wear away naturally through exposure to sunlight and weather. This is especially common with asphalt shingles as they age.
  • Manufacturing Variations: Some shingle manufacturers use thicker layers of granules than others. So, finding granules in your gutters after a new roof installation might be normal.

What to Look for Alongside Granule Loss:

If you notice excessive granule loss along with other signs of wind damage, such as missing or curled shingles, then it's more likely that wind is the culprit. Here are some additional signs to watch for:

  • Loss concentrated in specific areas: If granule loss is concentrated around roof vents or edges, it could be a stronger indicator of wind blowing off granules.
  • Shingle wear patterns: Uneven granule loss across the entire roof surface suggests general wear and tear, while wind damage might show concentrated patterns.

When in Doubt, Get a Professional Inspection

If you're unsure about the cause of granule loss in your gutters, it's always best to err on the side of caution and have your roof inspected by a qualified professional. They can assess the overall condition of your roof and determine if the granule loss is a cause for concern.

Heavy Rains and Thunderstorms

Heavy storm outside a window
Heavy storm

While heavy rain itself shouldn't damage a healthy roof, it can expose weaknesses caused by other factors. Signs of storm damage from rain include:

  • Leaks: The Telltale Sign: Leaks are the most obvious sign of roof damage, like a detective spotting a clue. Look for water stains on ceilings and walls, especially near the eaves.
  • Sagging Roof Deck: A wet roof deck can become heavy and begin to sag, like an overloaded hammock.

Hail Damaged Materials

Hail hitting a shingle roof
Hail hitting roof

Hailstones can cause significant damage to your roof. Here's what to look for:

  • Dents and Bruises on Shingles: Hailstones can leave pockmarks or dents on asphalt shingles, like a playful but careless child.
  • Cracked or Broken Tiles: Clay or concrete tiles are particularly susceptible to hail damage, shattering like fragile teacups.
  • Missing Granules: Similar to wind damage, hail can knock granules off asphalt shingles, leaving them vulnerable.

What Can I Do After Storm Damage Occurs?

  • Contact a Qualified Roofing Contractor: A professional roofer can assess the damage and determine if it's storm-related. Blue Sky Roofing offers free roof inspections to get you started!
  • File an Insurance Claim: If the damage is storm-related, your homeowner's insurance may cover the repairs or replacement, just like a shield protects a knight.
  • Document the Damage: Take photos and videos of the damage to your roof and any leaks inside your home. This serves as evidence, just like a detective gathering clues.

Is My Roof Storm Damaged?

Woman looking up with a thinking face on

If you notice any of the signs listed above, it's crucial to have your roof inspected by a qualified professional like those at Blue Sky Roofing. We can help you determine the extent of the damage and guide you through the insurance claim process, just like a skilled navigator helps you chart a course.

Remember, a damaged roof can lead to further problems down the road, so don't wait to address the issue. Contact Blue Sky Roofing today for a free inspection and get your roof back in top shape!