The first things that come to most people’s minds when talking about storm damage is torn shingles, holes in the roof, or perhaps an uprooted tree. But storm roofing isn’t always as obvious. Roofing contractors like Lexington Blue recommend having your roof inspected even though it looks fine. In this blog, we take a closer look at the not-so-obvious signs of storm damage.
Loss of Granules
Asphalt shingles are equipped with granules that imbue the roof with color, protect the asphalt layer from UV rays, and add features like algae resistance and solar reflectivity. A few of these granules would come loose over time, which is a normal part of a roof’s aging process. A large amount of granules can get knocked off the roofing surface during a storm, so if you find a lot of them in the gutters or downspouts, there’s a good chance your roof will require repairs.
Dents are commonplace after a passing hailstorm and can also be caused by airborne debris. The problem with dents and hail damage is that they’re not as easily noticeable. Sometimes inexperienced inspectors mistake them for asphalt shingle blisters, a type of manufacturing defect that can be covered by the roof’s factory warranty. Dents need to be repaired, as they could be deep enough to allow moisture to penetrate the roof deck and later lead to an unplanned roof replacement.
Water Stains in the Attic
Water stains are signs of a roofing leak. While they’re hard to ignore on the walls and ceiling, they’re virtually invisible if the leaks only go as far as the attic. This is why it is important to include your attic when performing storm damage inspections. Other signs you should keep an eye out for are clumping insulation, particularly with foam insulation under the roof deck and pinholes of light streaming through the roof. If your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for storm damage, note that insurance providers require an inspection report and an estimate of the repair costs, both of which can be provided by a roofing professional like us.