Finding Your Roof Damage On Your Own
After a storm or high winds (like we’ve experienced recently here in Maryland), most homeowners head outside and do a quick check of their property to assess for needed roof repairs.
So, what do you look for?
- Branches laying across the roof
- Broken gutters
- Torn or dislodged shingles
- Damaged flashing
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Unfortunately, when it comes to necessary roof repairs after a storm, a lot can be going on that doesn’t immediately meet the eye. Less obvious signs of damage go unnoticed, creating longer-term issues and the need for more extensive repairs down the road. You may be wondering if the damage requires filing an insurance claim to connect you with coverage for repairs.
As you read more about how to be a proactive owner when it comes to sustaining damage after a storm, we'll cover the following topics. Click to read more:
- Hidden Signs of Roof Damage
- Loss of Granules
- Shingles Damaged By Hail
- Lifting Shingles
- Dented Gutters and Flashing
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- What to do When You Experience a Ceiling Leak
- Roof Leaks Start from the Outside
- Unsafe Mold Growth Can Happen on Your Roof
- Look for Unsightly Marks on Your Ceiling
- Are You Prepared for Electrical Damage?
- What Should I do If My Roof Is Leaking?
- Many Causes of Roof Damage in Maryland
- Severe Winds Ripping off Shingles
- Falling Trees Leaving Devastation
- Snow and Ice Buildup
- Torrential Rainfall Leading to Leakage
- Holes or Roof Exposure Caused by Hail
- Let RoofPRO Prepare Your Roof for the Worst
Hidden Signs of Roof Damage - Not All Damage Is Obvious!
Loss of Granules
Did you know that your asphalt shingles are covered in granules? These essential little components are easy to overlook, but they work hard for you and your home, protecting the surface from UV rays and inclement weather. If there are a substantial number of granules in your downspout or scattered around the perimeter of your home, it’s definitely time to call your roofing company.
Shingles Damaged by Hail
The exact look of the damage differs a bit depending on the type of roof you have, but it will be obvious to an experienced eye. Dents, bruises, and broken edges may not be immediately visible from the ground either, so don’t trust a simple walk-around of your home. The surface really needs to be examined closely.
Shingles that are in the yard are an undeniable sign of trouble, but lifting shingles might not be as obvious right away. Or, you might assume that they just aren’t worth worrying about.
The truth is, if your shingles lift, it’s a bit like your home’s equivalent of unzipping a jacket. The jacket may not be off completely, but when wind and rain come again you’re certainly not going to have the same level of protection. Water will blow up underneath, causing moisture damage to the underlayment.
Dented Gutters and Flashing
From the ground you might be able to spot damaged or dislodged gutters and flashing, but how about dented surfaces? Left unchecked, this kind of less noticeable damage will only grow. Your insurance company will require swift action and a clear assessment of storm damage.
Talk To Our Insurance Restoration Division About Your Storm Damage in Maryland
We are an experienced, trusted local roofing company, and it would be our pleasure to put our expertise to work for you. Proactive assessments and working diligently with your insurance company are essential after a storm, and we can help with both. Contact us today!
What to do when You Experience a Ceiling Leak
A leaky roof can be more than shingle and sheathing damage, though it may take longer to notice collateral damage. In some cases, the leak is painfully obvious, with water pouring through the ceiling and the overhead light fixture, taking the path of least resistance. But sometimes the leak, and the subsequent damage, isn’t readily noticeable. When you suspect a leak, there are several steps you can take before you even call your roofer. Once on site, we'll be able to give a critical assessment of the stage of your home damage
Roof Leaks Start from the Outside
While it’s easy to diagnose a leaky roof when shingles are missing and the sheathing underneath is damaged, leaks aren’t always so obvious. Some leaks can occur around chimneys, or places on your roof where different angles come together. If seals have been compromised, or transitions were improperly installed, water can get inside. Small leaks, left undetected, can add up to considerable interior damage.
Unsafe Mold Growth Can Happen on Your Roof
Water leaks can lead to patches in your home that are continually damp. Unchecked through the seasons, these moist areas provide a perfect environment for mold to flourish. Given this year’s unending rainy season here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we’re seeing a huge amount of mold issues in both residences and commercial buildings. Many schools have had to deal with mold growth over the summer, which have resulted in school closures to keep children safe while the mold was removed.
Look for Unsightly Marks on Your Ceiling
While repainting a spot on the ceiling isn’t a big deal, the underlying reason for the mark can be. A leak in your roof has to make it through several layers before it ever hits your interior ceilings. Roof leaks can damage sheathing, plywood, insulation, drywall and plaster. Once water makes its way through your bedroom ceiling, the cost of replacement and repair far exceeds the cost to simply repaint.
Are You Prepared for Electrical Damage?
Interior electrical fixtures, switches and wiring were not designed to withstand water damage. Water, by its nature, will follow the path of least resistance, running along wires, and potentially damaging interior electrical components. Not only can repairs be costly, water-damaged interior electrical systems are dangerous and a safety hazard. Immediate evaluation and repair is necessary to keep you and your home safe.
What Should I Do if My Roof is Leaking?
Your first step is evaluation; you need to know what’s happening on your roof. Repairs need to begin outside and work their way in. Contact a qualified roofing professional for a free evaluation. Knowing where the leak started, and how to fix it, will be the quickest path to getting you back under a dry roof.
Many Causes of Roof Damage in Maryland
It’s a fact of life that cannot be avoided: weather takes a serious toll on your roof. Here in Maryland, we experience various types of storms regularly that can leave behind a path of destruction across your home exterior. However, you can ensure that you and your roof are prepared as best as possible for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. The most common culprits of roof damage are severe winds, falling trees and debris, snow and ice buildup, torrential rains, and hail.
Severe Winds Ripping off Shingles
A strong wind can exasperate current roof issues as well as create new ones. Loose roofing materials such as shingles, drip edge, flashing, ridge vents, and fascia boards can be further loosened, ripped, or even torn off by strong gusts. If the wind is coupled with rain, this can have the compounded negative effect of exposing the non-waterproof parts of your roof to rain and moisture. Furthermore, if such damage goes unnoticed, this can lead to serious problems down the line that may require larger roof repair projects or full roof replacement.
Falling Trees Leaving Devastation
Due to wind or simply to old age, limbs, branches, and whole trees can fall on your home during storms and cause catastrophic damage. The best way to prepare for this is to remove the risk. A thorough inspection of your property should be carried out frequently and potentially troublesome trees should be pruned or cut down entirely. A falling tree can do much more than just damage your home, therefore it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Snow and Ice Buildup
Snow and ice build up can cause a wide variety of roof issues. The sheer weight of either can cause buckling and pooling. Snow or ice pulled off by gravity or removed by inappropriate roof shoveling techniques can damage the underlying shingles, loosen shingles and flashing, or tear off gutters altogether. Additionally, ice dams caused by melting and refreezing snow and ice slowly break down various aspects of your roof. Since they are often frozen, the true extent might not be noticeable until it begins to melt.
Torrential Rainfall Leading to Leakage
In addition to leakage, strong rainstorms can actually wear away the protective coating on your shingles and roofing materials, making them less effective and more susceptible to damage in the future.
Holes or Roof Exposure Caused by Hail
When you think of roof damage, you probably don’t think about hail. However, depending upon the size of the hailstone, hail can cause serious roof issues such as holes in roofing materials that severely reduce or completely diminish their integrity. These small holes, when exposed to weathering events, can grow in size and become real issues.
Storm Damage Happens, RoofPRO is Here to Help You Prepare and React
Though the professional roofing team at RoofPRO can’t prevent these weather events from happening, we can help you take every step possible to mitigate storm damage to your roof. Through our preventative roof inspection and roof maintenance plan, we can provide you with the peace of mind that your roof is as ready as it can be for storms to come. If and when storms end up causing damage to your roof and home, our emergency roof repair services will have your roof back to normal as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
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