Have you got concerns about your roof after a storm? Even if there are no obvious issues, it is worthwhile investigating if your roof may have suffered storm damage.
There are a few signs to look out for which can help to determine any potential damage to your roof. Catching these signs as early as possible can save you lots of money in the long run, but ignore them and they can cause major problems not only to your roof but to your home in general.
Storm damage so often catches people off guard because a roof isn’t something we check often. Read on to discover 5 signs that your roof has storm damage so that you can act as quickly as possible.
1. Damaged or Missing Shingles
If you’ve stepped outside after a storm and discovered some cracked or broken shingles lying in your yard, this is an obvious sign that your roof is damaged. Strong winds and heavy rain can take their toll on roof shingles, causing them to become dislodged.
Even if the shingles haven’t actually fallen off the roof, they may still be damaged. Stormy weather can warp or buckle shingles, and in cases of hailstones, they may even crack.
2. Storm Damage Can Cause Dampness
One of the long term effects of storm damage to your roof can be the impact it has on the rest of your house. While it can be hard to see a water ingress from the outside, looking from the inside should let you know if there is an unwanted drip or trickle.
The attic is the first port of call here, as with it being the closest ceiling to your roof, it will show the first signs of damage. If you do spot a leak, it’s important to stop its progress as quickly as possible.
A water leak left alone will, over time, infiltrate other rooms in your house and can become a very expensive issue to fix.
3. Debris on the Roof
We’ve all seen the horrific images from bad storms where a falling tree has caused a whole roof to cave in. There are ways to prevent the worst from happening if you have large trees next to your property. But even if there are only a few small branches resting on the roof, it can mean that there is significant damage to your roof.
The debris should be removed as soon as possible, and any damage should be assessed. This is potentially dangerous and so should be left to a professional.
4. Overflowing Gutters
While gutter overflow can be a separate issue, oftentimes it is as a result of roof damage. Cracked or broken shingles make their way down the roof through wind and rainfall, eventually ending up in the gutter.
This buildup of debris will eventually block the gutter, stopping the efficient flow of water through the gutter system, causing it to overflow.
5. Plant Growth on the Roof
This is an issue that will appear some time after the initial damage to the roof. Trapped moisture in the roof structure can encourage the growth of moss and mold, which can cause even further damage to the shape of the roof and can dislodge shingles.
Instead of waiting until after bad weather to check for storm damage, it’s a good idea to regularly check the condition of your roof.
Catching one of the above issues will go a long way to helping identify the problem and acting on it, but diligence is the best way to save yourself money, as well as the headache of having to have a major roof repair or replacement done.