Storm damage isn’t always as obvious as wind-torn shingles, or when a tree falls on the roof. Even if your roof doesn’t look damaged, it pays to make sure by inspecting your roof. Even the smallest kind of roofing damage can turn into bigger problems over time. If you notice the following signs, call for roof repair from professionals like King Roofing and let your insurance provider know.
Wind causes the most damage during a storm. Recognizing the extent of wind damage can help you gauge the amount of repair work to be done, and how urgent the situation is. You can conduct a full visual inspection of your roof using a quality pair of binoculars, or a remote-controlled drone, if you’re up for a more high-tech solution.
Start your inspection at the roof edge, as it’s the part that is most vulnerable. If your roofing system has been installed in the past decade, the first row of shingles may feature an adhesive-reinforced starter strip. It should be perfectly flat with the roof edge. If you see a crooked starter strip, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. The same goes for torn, misplaced or cracked shingles. You might also notice stress lines, which appear as dark lines about an inch below each shingle row. These are caused by high winds lifting the shingles by the edges, creating folds that strip the shingles of outer granules and exposing the layer of asphalt.
High winds carry a lot of airborne debris, as well as hailstones. Both cause impact damage when they hit the roof. Impact damage isn’t as noticeable as wind damage: dents can be as small as pennies, and will therefore require a closer look. It’s worth noting that insurance providers make the distinction between cosmetic and functional damage, and may not provide coverage for the former. Ultimately, you’ll need your roof assessed for storm damage by a capable roofing contractor to ensure that one type of damage isn’t mistaken for the other.
To learn more about our roofing services, including storm damage restoration, call King Roofing today at (903) 218-8777. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no obligation quote. We serve Palestine, TX, and surrounding areas in Texas.