If your area experienced a series of thunderstorms in the past few days, you may hope your roof survived the ordeal intact. However, even if your roof looks fine after a storm, it can still have some damage to it. The damage may hide in places on your roof you might not see right now. Learn more about storm-damaged roofs below.
How Can a Storm Damage Your Roof?
Thunderstorms are some of the most dangerous and costly storms to occur in the world today. Not only do the storms cause torrential rainfalls and floods, but they can also create large pieces of hail and dangerous lightning. If rain, lightning, or hail strike your roof, it can sustain some type of damage.
A storm-damaged roof can wreak havoc on your home. The majority of the damage on your roof may hide in places you can't view easily from the ground. For example, there may be missing or lifting shingles in the center of your roof. The flashing surrounding your roof vents and pipes may also be pulling away from the surface of your roof.
The damage may eventually cause large leaks to develop in your roof. Leaks can lead to a number of issues, including structural damage to your walls, ceiling, and basement.
If you suspect your roof suffered storm damage, contact a roofer immediately.
How Do You Repair a Storm-Damaged Roof?
In order to locate the storm-related damage in your roof, a contractor will need to ascend your roof to inspect it. During the inspection, a contractor will look for:
- lifted or unsealed shingles
- dented or pockmarked shingles
- cracked broken pieces of vent pipe flashing
A contractor will also make note of any smooth shingles on your roof. Shingles can lose their granules if they experience hail damage. The surfaces of the shingles will appear shiny and smooth.
If a roofing contractor discovers the issues above in your roof, they'll move forward with the repairs. If you own homeowner's insurance, a roofing contractor may be able to help you complete and file a claim for the repairs. Your insurance company may request an estimate of the repairs. A contractor can provide the estimate your insurance company needs for you.
The time needed to repair your roof may vary. A roofer can go over the repair time and anything else you may have concerns about before they fix your roof. You can repair your thunderstorm-damaged roof by contacting a roofing contractor today.