How to Identify Storm Damage on Your Roof

September 26, 2016

How to Identify Storm Damage on Your Roof
The severe weather we often experience in Oklahoma can take a toll on your roof. Some storm-related damage is hard to miss, like water pouring in through a hole made by a fallen tree limb. Other less obvious roof injuries can be just as devastating if they’re not caught and fixed promptly. Water that gets inside your home through a storm-damaged roof can ruin the attic insulation, stain ceilings and drywall, warp wood trim and floors, or corrode your home’s HVAC and electrical systems. Excess moisture can also lead to mold growth that erodes your indoor air quality.

Signs That Your Roof Needs Storm Repair

The safest time to look for evidence of roof damage is after a storm has passed. Start outside, but don’t venture up onto the roof. Examine it with binoculars instead as you walk the perimeter of the house. Back inside, take a flashlight and check the attic. If you find any of the following issues, it’s time to call a dependable roofing company .

  • Water infiltration in the attic. Look for water drips or stains on the underside of the roof sheathing, and/or wet insulation on the attic floor.
  • Damaged or missing shingles. High winds can break asphalt shingles or tear them right off the roof. If you see bare patches in or among the shingles, or areas where shingles appear lifted or broken, water can easily soak through the underlayment and enter the attic the next time it rains.
  • Granule deposits. It’s normal for asphalt shingles to shed their protective granules gradually as a roof ages. If you discover significant deposits of granules in the gutters or on the ground after a storm and dark patches of exposed substrate on the roof, you should be aware that those bare shingles can degrade quickly and leave your home vulnerable to water leaks.
  • Dented or missing flashing. Intact flashing is vital to redirect rain away from leak-prone areas of your roof, so check for irregularities in the flashing along the eaves, in the valleys, and around penetrations like vent stacks, skylights, and the chimney.
  • Hail-dimpled siding and trim. It can be difficult to spot hail damage on your roof from the ground, but if you see dings and dimples on the siding and trim, it’s likely that the shingles are damaged as well.

If the roof on your Oklahoma City home needs a post storm repair, contact us right away at Accord Construction.

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