How to Identify and Fix Storm Damage to Your Roof
If you own a home in North Carolina, chances are you will experience some kind of storm damage at some point. This is especially true during the summer months when thunderstorms pop up, and hurricanes affect our coastal towns. As North Carolina residents, we live in one of the densest tree environments in the U.S. That means our roofs constantly deal with falling debris and general wear and tear caused by Mother Nature.
As a homeowner, it pays to stay informed. This blog will help you understand the storm damage signs to look for and what steps to take to mitigate any damage that occurs.
First Step – Inspect Your Property
If you are hit by a storm, wait until it passes. When it does, you’ll want to go outside to do a walk-around of your home and property to document any damage ASAP. If you decide to file an insurance claim or hire a roofing company like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction, having this documentation will make your life easier.
During your inspection, keep in mind the following signs of storm damage:
Wind damage is not uncommon in North Carolina. The biggest signs that you want to keep an eye out for are:
- Shingles laying in your yard
- Flipped shingles
- Creased shingles
- Displaced shingles
Some signs of wind damage, like shingles lying in your yard, are obvious. However, other signs like creasing can be hard to spot, especially from the ground. That’s why it’s always best to have a trustworthy roofing contractor like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction inspect your roof. That way, you can minimize the risk of injury and also be absolutely sure that your roof has damage that needs to be fixed.
Although hail damage is not as common as wind damage is in North Carolina, it can come in waves and can be incredibly harmful to your roof. Unfortunately, spotting hail damage from the ground level is difficult. Because we (generally) experience smaller-sized hail, you won’t see large holes or punctures in your roof, like you would in the Midwest. Despite that, damaging hail can expose the fibers of your shingles upon impact. Eventually, shingles damaged by hail results in less effective protection and can cause leaks inside your home.
Because signs of hail damage can be even harder to spot than wind damage, it’s best to hire a roofing company to perform a detailed inspection of your roof At Storm Guard Roofing and Construction, our team will be able to pinpoint where your hail damage has occurred. That way, we can provide you with a cost-effective solution to keep your family safe all year long.
North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful trees in the country. That’s great for us as residents but not so great for our roofs. So while you are doing a post-storm walk-around of your property, keep an eye out for large amounts of debris in your yard. This is the most apparent sign of tree damage, apart from a tree landing on your roof.
In either circumstance, you should contact a roofing company to minimize any further damage. Storm Guard stands at the ready to respond fast to homes with roofing or siding damaged caused by extreme weather conditions with a quick and easy solution – tarping. When disaster strikes, emergency tarping covers your home, helping to prevent further water damage to the property.
In addition to wind, hail, and tree damage, here are a few other signs of storm damage to look out for:
- Pool water or puddles in your yard
- Drywall cracking
- Very hot or cold temperatures in your home
- Water stains on your ceilings
- Stains from mildew or signs of mold
Whether you are concerned about potential storm damage to your home or know for certain that something is wrong, Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Apex NC is here to help. Our team of experienced roofing professionals will travel to your home ready to work hard, whether you need a general roof inspection or emergency tarping. Once we know the scope of storm damage to your home, we will take plenty of time to walk you through your remediation options.
Our goal is to provide you peace of mind when disaster strikes. It all starts with a FREE, no-obligation inspection of your home. Contact us today to learn more!