If there is one thing we can predict, it’s that the weather can be unpredictable! Strong winds and damaging hail can spring up during a heavy storm within a moment’s notice and often without warning. Let’s take a look at each, and point out some ways to spot hail and wind damage.
First, we must mention one thing. Be safe! After the storm has wound down and left your area, you will want to survey for damage. Be mindful of any downed trees or wires. If there are wires down, stand clear of them, and call your utility company to safely remove them. If a tree is down, make sure it’s entirely on the ground. If it has hit your home, take pictures before beginning the removal process. You will need documented evidence for your insurance company. Make certain that the tree is secure, and if you are going to cut it up, be careful. As limbs are removed from the main part of the tree, it will tend to move.
Hail can be particularly destructive, especially to your roof. You will want to look at a few things to see if any damage has occurred.
Cracked shingles: Hail impact can be so bad that it can crack your shingles. You will see cracks in the tab and even small chunks knocked out of the granules. If the impact was significant enough, portions of or entire shingle tabs will break off. These you may find laying in your yard.
Granule loss: Granules are what cover your asphalt shingles. Take a look in your gutters. Over time, but particularly during a severe storm, granules will wash off your shingles and collect in your gutters.
Everyone likes a cool summer breeze, and it’s hard to imagine how that wind can be so damaging. During a storm, as wind speeds increase, a number of things can occur to your roof.
Missing shingles: Much like hail, wind can do a number on your shingles, particularly older ones. If the shingles are no longer securely adhering to the ones below them, wind can lift them, even tearing entire tabs off. Again, these may be laying in your yard.
Lifting shingles: As mentioned previously, the wind can get under shingle tabs and lift them. Survey your roof and see if any shingles are curled up and otherwise not laying flat. These could easily pull and break off in future storms and should be addressed.
Gutter damage: If debris such as tree limbs have been flying around, check your gutters. If struck hard enough, they will become dented, or worse, pulled off the fascia.
We’ve pointed out several potential issues you should know about when it comes to hail and wind damage. If climbing around on your roof is not your thing, you should consider calling a local roofing company. Many have come to trust Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. to assess the damage and recommend repairs. We pride ourselves on our trustworthiness and experience. Give us a call the next time mother nature strikes.