While all roofing materials are designed to last for several years – if not decades – through all kinds of weather, they can be damaged in severe storms. As your roof is the first line of defense for your home, it is the first place you should check for signs of damage.
While you can check for signs of roof damage on your own, you should also consider contacting a reputable contractor to inspect your roof for you. They may notice signs of damage that you may not see, which can save you money in the long run.
Here, our team of licensed contractors at Kiser Construction will discuss what kind of weather conditions can damage your home and what to look for if you suspect your roof has been damaged due to a severe storm.
Roofing Blown Away By Strong Winds
While your roofing materials are designed to withstand strong winds, sometimes the wind is just too much. For instance, tornado or hurricane-force winds, as well as straight-line winds, can cause significant roofing damage.
When these strong winds hit your home, your shingles or metal roofing materials can be blown off or become loose, which will inevitably cause leaks in your roof, which then cause water damage in your home. If you are missing shingles or even entire sections of roofing, it is entirely plausible you’re at risk for water damage.
Additionally, if shingles or sections look loose, the adhesive seal on your roof may have broken, which can also cause leaks. Though you can check your roof yourself, we recommend you consult a professional contractor like Kiser.
Though hail damage is pretty hard to miss, it’s important you still inspect your roofing materials to ensure they weren’t severely damaged. Shingles and metal roofing materials are designed to hold up from hail damage, but when the hail is large and falls over a period of time, the roofing materials can crack or fail.
Typically, when there is hail damage, storm chasers will come door-to-door in an attempt to get your business. However, many of these people are not reputable and may be attempting to scam you.
When there has been hail in your neighborhood, you should contact a reputable contractor to inspect your roof. Typically, we look for small dents throughout the roofing materials, as well as cracks, missing granules, holes, and more. All of these are tell-tale signs of hail damage and can puncture the adhesive seal underneath your roofing materials, which can cause water damage.
Additionally, water can pool if there are cracks and holes in the materials, which can then eventually cause your roof to fail.
Heavy Snow Damage
Minnesota is known for its snowstorms, and as winter arrives, it is much more important to stay on top of looking for issues after a storm. The snow can pile up fast, so when it comes to inspections, you will want to keep an eye out for things like curled or lifted shingles, ridges that are sagging, or anything else that looks out of the normal state.
Ice Dam Problems
Another regular occurrence that becomes problematic is ice dams that conform to your roof. These are an issue because they can lead to water leaks, mold, and rot if not addressed.
One way to tell if there is damage to your roof is there may be interior moisture damage inside your home. You can also look for other signs like water dripping that stains your rafters or the roofing underlayment.
In this situation, you may need to have storm damage repair depending on the saturation level.
Roofing Material Issues
Every roofing material will have different behaviors if damaged, and if you are dealing with asphalt shingles, you will look for any blistering or bubbling in the shingle. This can indicate that it has moisture inside of it, and it will need to be replaced as soon as possible by a roofing contractor.
Wood shingles or wood shakes will be broken, cracked, or separated. Tile roofs will be chipped or broken, and you also want to keep an eye out for the separation of the tiles because water can get in between them. Lastly, a metal roof is one of the easier ones to address because you will see any dents in the material after the storm that may need to be repaired.
Damage to Gutters and Skylights
The last area that can indicate that there's a problem are gutters and skylights. If you are finding they have broken off, are full of debris, or that they are lose, you may need to call a professional for an assessment.
When strong thunderstorms or blizzards hit your area, debris from trees and power lines can fall and damage your home. Debris can cause similar damage as hail and wind damage. With the force of debris hitting your roof, it can crack your roofing or puncture the roof, causing internal damage to your home.
Contact Kiser Construction for Storm Damage Restoration in MN
If you are in the Twin Cities area and searching for a team of licensed contractors to help you with your home’s storm restoration needs, contact our team at Kiser Construction today. After a storm has hit, we can be on-site to inspect the property for damage before creating a restoration plan. To learn more about our restoration services or to speak with a contractor today, give us a call at 763-633-2010 or message us on our contact page today.
If you are in need of emergency services, call our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.