Weather-related roof damage is a concern for all homeowners. High winds, heavy rains, hail, snow, lightning, and extreme heat can cause both direct and indirect (due to debris, falling trees, flying objects, etc.) structural issues to a roof that makes living within a house sometimes unsafe and often unpleasant. Let’s talk about the things you need to know to address roof damage from storms:

Recognize Problems

It is not hard to spot and begin to take care of major roof damage from the storm and weather-related events, such as a tree in the middle of your bedroom ceiling or loose and broken shingles littering your lawn. Other problems, however, are not so apparent, and it’s those issues that homeowners need to recognize, anticipate and just as quickly address. After any heavy rain or snowfall — and certainly any type of intense weather event (like a hurricane, tornado, or record-breaking heatwave) — take time to walk through and around your home looking for possible issues. Of course, note any cracks, dents, and holes in your roof, along with any missing shingles, but also keep an eye out for less obvious signs of roof damage from storm winds, water, and flying/falling debris like shingle granules in your yard; water stains in the attic or on the ceiling or wall; worn soffits, gutters, flashing and fascias; ice dams; or standing water on flat roof surfaces. While the damage might appear minimal at first, if not addressed quickly, many small issues can morph into extensive and expensive repairs!

Review Continuously for Mold and Mildew

Your roof’s greatest enemy is water. Constant exposure to moisture leads to the rot of your roof’s components, leaving your home’s inhabitants vulnerable to mold and mildew, as well as all subsequent climate elements. Whether after a storm or not, periodically look for evidence of mold and mildew, telltale signs that your roof might not be keeping water at bay!

Seek Professional Help with Repairs

No roof is safe from Mother Nature! It’s likely that at some point your roof will experience damage from a storm. And while it might be tempting to replace a shingle or two yourself, resist the urge. A trusted roofing company is your best bet for fixing roof damage from storm issues properly. If you suspect roof damage, ask your insurance provider to inspect your property and then work with a reputable roofing company to make repairs or replace the roof altogether. Professional help ensures that your roof maintains its integrity and remains best protected against future issues and storms.

Want to Learn More?

Here at Alpha Elite Roofing, we take pride in offering reliable products and superior service to our customers. We have experience with all types of roofs and help homeowners recognize existing and potential issues so that their homes are best protected against normal wear and tear, as well as the inevitable weather event. Please contact us to learn more about repairing roof damage from storms or to receive a quote for a whole new roof!