If you've been experiencing high winds in your area, you may be wondering if they have affected your roof. Ideally, you should deal with roof damage as quickly as possible. Failure to repair or replace your roof as needed can lead to extensive damage throughout the rest of your home.
Are you wondering if the wind has damaged your roof? Here are a few signs that it may have:
1. Broken branches
Are any of the trees near your home missing branches? If so, they may have fallen on your roof and damaged it. If possible, be proactive about trimming trees so that big branches, especially if they're old, don't threaten your structure.
2. Missing or peeling shingles
Stand back from the house and scan the roof for missing or peeling shingles. Don't climb onto the roof on your own. If you cannot tell for sure, contact a roofer to take a look.
They can let you know if you need a repair or a roof replacement. In most cases, they can also help you put in an insurance claim if your roof damage was caused by wind or another covered event.
3. Granule loss
If you cannot see all of your roof from the ground, look for granule loss. This is when the small granules from the shingles blow off and collect on the ground or in the gutters. These granules are typically a sign of greater damage. If you see them, reach out to a roof specialist.
4. Indoor leaks
Leaks inside your home can be a major sign of roof damage. If the leak is not coming directly from a pipe, you can be almost certain that it's coming from a hole in the roof.
Often, the leaks don't appear directly under the hole. Instead, water gets into the hole. Then, it snakes its way around until it gets through a weak spot. If you see unusual leaks after a wind storm, call a roofer.
5. Broken fascia or soffit
The fascia and the soffit refer to the small bit of wood that extends from the wall of your home to the edge of the roof. These areas play an important role in keeping weather and wild animals out of your home, and if they are damaged, you risk facing additional damage.
Walk around your home after a wind storm and look for damage in these areas.
6. Crooked chimneys
Even if you cannot see your whole roof, you should be able to see the chimney. If it's crooked, the wind may have done that, and again, this can be a sign of more extensive damage that you cannot see from the ground.
Keep these tips in mind when looking for a roof replacement service near you.