A storm damaged roof can have major side effects on your property. What may look like mild damage may lead to other issues, such as leaks, a build-up of mold, or even massive structural damages.
So, after a storm, it’s essential to check for signs of storm damage.
This can be difficult to do yourself, and we’d advise against climbing onto your roof to inspect for damage. Instead, we’d suggest contacting a professional roofing company, such as the team at Jacob’s Ladder.
Anyways, if you do want to check signs of storm damage to the roof yourself, or just want to know what to look for, we’ve gathered together everything you need to know in this article.
How do I know if my roof has storm damage?
There are many different types of storm damage, from wind, rain, snow, or other adverse weather.
Typically, wind damage is one of the most common, causing roof shingles to come loose, debris to become loose, and chaos to unfold.
But rain can cause a leak; hail can further damage shingles and block gutters and downspouts, and even cause ice dams.
Below you will find the top signs of storm damage you need to look out for:
- Missing shingles
- Visible water leaks
- Loose debris
- Blocked gutters
- A crooked chimney
- Damaged shingles
Keep reading to find out more about each sign of storm damage.
Missing shingles is a major sign of storm damage.
Anytime there’s shingles missing from your roof, there’s likely been severe winds and other adverse weather.
It’s advisable to stay in your home (if safe) until the wind has died down. If one shingle has come loose, another could blow off the roof, making it unsafe.
Visible water leaks
You may discover visible water leaks inside your home after a storm.
Most notably, you could find this in the attic, but if the damages are severe, then upper areas of your home could also be affected.
After storm damage, it’s worth poking your head in the attic to inspect for leaks and excess moisture, just to be on the safe side.
After a storm, there’s often loose debris. From garden furniture to your neighbors’ bins, there’s likely a lot of mess.
If you notice your garden furniture has taken a tumble, then this could be a sign that your roof is also damaged.
Also, keep an eye out for loose debris that has fallen off the roof (missing shingles, etc.).
Your gutters are likely to become blocked due to hail, excess snow, or in some cases, the wind blowing leaves or other debris into the gutters.
If you notice water overflowing from your gutters, and trickling down your roof, then your gutters are most likely blocked.
A crooked chimney
When many homeowners think of roof damage, they forget to check their chimneys.
A crooked chimney is a telltale sign of storm damage – if it’s crooked, the sealing around the chimney could be letting water into your roof and into your home, causing a leak.
And if your chimney is to become dislodged, this could not only further damage your roof, but creates a serious hazard.
Finally, the last signs of storm damage you should look out for are damaged shingles.
Damaged shingles could be torn or cracked from the weather – it’s worth an inspection, as in most cases, the shingles can be repaired, but if left, they may need to be replaced (which will cost more money).
Let us inspect your roof for you
If there’s been a recent storm in Lexington, Kentucky, and you’re unsure whether your roof has damage, then let us inspect it for you.
Our expert team can inspect your roof for signs of storm damage and provide you with actionable advice and a quote for repairs (if needed).
Contact us today to get started.
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Hargis - Lexington, KY 40517
Jacob's Ladder did a roof replacement job for a shed in my Backyard. I am very much satisfied with their work and definitely recommend them for all of your roofing needs.
Greg - Lexington, KY 40503
Great Company to Work with Very Professional did a really nice job on our House and our Barn.
Tom - Lexington, KY 40505
Everyone was wonderful from start to finish!
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Richard - Lexington, KY 40517
In May of 2022 a very damaging hail and windstorm pretty much destroyed my entire roof in Lexington Kentucky. Due to an insurance company that did not want to pay Jacobs Ladder was able to negotiate payment for an entirely new roof, decking and all which now meets current codes. Final work was completed January of 2023. Now my roof which leaked into my kitchen from May 2022 through December of 2022 has ceased to leak onto my kitchen floor. Their work is so good it withstood the 100 mph plus winds of 3rd March 2023.
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Jacob’s Ladder did a great job for us. They where easy to contact, knowledge in handling Insurance claim did our job in a timely manner and left no mess behind. Very pleased.