Summer storms can seem to come out of nowhere, and when they strike, they can leave disaster in their wake.
During a severe storm, the wind is usually one of the greatest threats to your home's roof. Whether it pushes a tree onto your roof, pulls off your shingles, or throws loose debris at your home, a severe storm can bring costly damage to your roof (which oftentimes must be addressed immediately).
After the skies have cleared, it’s time to assess the damage and, if necessary, contact your insurance company and a residential roofing contractor. Let us walk you through the process in the event your roof encounters severe damage.
If you identify potential signs of storm damage, give us a call today!
What to Look for After a Storm
Just because you don’t have to place buckets around your home and you don’t see water spots on the ceiling does not mean you’re in the clear. Summer storms frequently cause significant damage that isn’t always readily identifiable without taking a closer look.
One of the problems is that overlooking minor damage can lead to serious trouble down the road from cumulative issues with subsequent storms. Does this mean you should grab a ladder and get on the roof? Unless you’re a certified roofer, this job is best left to the professionals.
That said, there are a few things you can look for while planted safely on the ground!
If you’ve got gutter damage, chances are good that there’s water accumulation on your roof. Look for cracks and damaged joints around your gutters. Check for dents on your home’s gutters and related roofing accessories, such as gable vents and other overhangs.
It’s also a good idea to clear your gutters of debris after a big storm if they’re not covered, as gutter clogs can lead to foundation damage to your home.
Limbs on the ground and other significant property damage are a red flag that your roof was subjected to high winds and debris. Look at the condition of where your roof meets its walls, the valleys of your home, the exhaust pipes, and the chimney.
If you identify property damage anywhere around your home, contact a roofing contractor for an inspection right away. Windows should be inspected for cracks, broken glass, loose weather-stripping, and torn screens.
If a tree or pole managed to fall on your home, stay out of the house until a utility company professional and your homeowner’s insurance agent tell you how to proceed and will provide a list of which professionals have authorization to assess.
Granules On the Ground
The granules on asphalt shingles help to protect them against UV damage. If these are visible on the ground, this is a sign that you’ve likely sustained storm damage.
Pieces of Shingles
Like granules, any pieces of shingles that are visible on the ground are a clear sign of roof damage. Take a walk around your property, look for metal fascia or shingles and photograph any you find for insurance purposes.
Check Ceilings or Attics
Observe these areas for signs of leaks and visible water spots. While your home’s roof might appear undamaged on the exterior, wind, and hail can cause unseen leaks that may lead to bigger problems later. Ceilings, light fixtures, and your attic should all be inspected for water leaks and spots. If it’s too dark to see inside your attic, use a bright flashlight.
In the event of a severe hail storm, check your siding as well as your roof for signs of damage. Whenever hail attacks your roof, it often leaves dimples on the outer layer of your shingles.
What to Do When You Have Signs of Storm Damage
Early detection is key to the proper handling of storm damage. When you spot any signs of storm damage on your roof, do the following:
1. Take Precautionary Measures
While waiting for the arrival of the storm damage specialist, take the time to see if there are things you can do to prevent further damage, especially if you sense that rain is about to fall.
For example, you can temporarily cover damaged areas that can easily let water inside your home. Also, make sure you remain safe and avoid climbing up on the roof yourself. Hurting yourself can add an extra medical bill to your other roof issues.
2. Contact Your Insurance Company
As long as your storm damage was not caused by wear and tear, your insurance policy is meant to cover storm damages resulting from the storm. But before you invite the insurance company, take pictures of the damages for record purposes.
Although insurance claims after storm damage could be daunting, but it’s still worth it. If you ever need help with your storm damage insurance claim, our team of experts can help you do that.
Fortunately, we partner with many insurance companies, so it’s much easier for us to process your insurance claims without stress.
3. Invite a Storm Damage Specialist
While the effects of storm damage on your roof could be mild and easy to fix, leaving the signs for a long while could have far-reaching consequences for your structure.
Getting a reliable storm damage expert for a thorough roof inspection of storm damage ensures that no stone is left unturned in restoring the integrity of your roof before the next storm hits.
If you live within the Twin Cities, our storm damage team is always on standby to honor your invitation, even in the worst of emergencies.
How Do You Find a Good Storm Damage Contractor?
Many companies crisscross the Twin Cities and beyond, posing as certified construction experts. Do not believe them without asking some key questions.
Here are some questions that can help you find the right contractor for your home:
How long have they been in the business?
Have you double-checked their licensing and insurance documents?
Have you looked at their past work?
Have you received financing agreements in written form?
Have you asked what happens if you’re unsatisfied with their work?
Call a Local & Experienced Minnesota Roofing Contractor
We are proud to offer professional home remodeling and repair services. Storm restoration is an area of our business where we're really enthusiastic.
If you suspect roof damage, call The Construction Group in Woodbury right away. We’ll send out our professional roof repair services quickly to inspect your home for roof storm damage.
Give us a call at 651-731-5857 or connect with us on the web.