Think of your shingles as a shield, protecting your home from the elements but high winds, driving rain and hail can serious weaken your protection. Not all damage is not obvious though and that hidden damage can cause problems long after a storm. If you suspect any type of damage, have your roof inspected by a roofing professional.
Wind Damage: High winds can tear and remove shingles, leaving the roof deck exposed to the elements. It can also lift and curl shingles, breaking the seal that bonds them together and leaving your roof vulnerable moisture.
Hail: These solid chunks of ice can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles, dislodging the granules that protect against rain and sun damage.
NOTE: Do not attempt to climb up on your roof. Especially after a storm, the roof structure may be weakened and shingles may be slippery. If you suspect roof damage, call a professional contractor.
Here are a few things to look for, from ground level, after a storm or heavy winds.
First, walk around the outside of your home and photograph or take note of any damage. Obvious signs of damage may include dented, torn, curled or missing shingles. Be sure to check the ground for any signs that shingles may have come loose and if you notice any damage to your neighbour’s roof, let them know too.
Then, check gutters, downspouts and windows. Your shingles may appear undamaged but dents in gutters and roof vents may point to hidden roof damage. Also be sure to inspect windows for cracks and loosened weatherstripping.
If you find any damage or just suspect that there may be damage to your roof, call a contractor you can trust – Synergy Roofing!