Have you recently had weather problems that might’ve damaged your home? We’ve all been there. It’s never fun to know whether you’re dealing with roof wind damage or not, so you’ll need to look out for the signs of roof problems right away.
To do this, you’ll need:
- A keen eye 👀
- A smartphone with a camera so you can snap pics to show experts later 📱📷
- An understanding of Google so you can identify specific problems 💻
- A ladder (maybe) 🧗♀
- Some professional help 🆘
Read on for 7 signs that you’re dealing with roof damage after a windstorm.
1. Curling Shingles
Shingles should always be flat. When they’re lifting up off the surface of your roof, it’s a surefire sign that there’s a problem. You’re probably going to need to repair or replace the affected areas almost immediately.
You can tell whether your shingles are curling by checking out whether they look out of line. You want straight lines without any overlap between the shingles. No gaps, no overlaps – that’s the key to a healthy roof.
2. Flapping on Your Roof
Wind can dislodge your shingles from their careful, well-secured spots. This makes sense when you think about how gusts of wind can sometimes carry whole buildings away!
Luckily, you’re probably not dealing with a Wizard-of-Oz-style tornado, but even small gusts can make shingles start flapping in the breeze.
You need to deal with this problem the second you notice it because entire sections will start flipping up if the problem’s left unchecked. Shingles might also start blowing away, and you don’t want them to hit your car (or your neighbors!)
3. Shingles Are Missing
Look. Flapping shingles are never a good thing, but at least the shingles are still there. In some cases, you might lose them altogether, so you’ll have exposed wood spots on your roof.
This is a huge problem that can lead to water damage inside your home. Luckily, you can usually see that parts of your roof have taken their leave just by looking up from the ground. It’s a pretty easy problem to notice even if it’s a pretty urgent one to fix.
4. Problems With Other Roof Areas
Shingles aren’t the only part of your roof that will look weird after wind damage. You also might notice that other areas have taken a beating, including:
- Soffits (the part of your roof that hands over your house)
- Fascias (that straight, long board on the lower edge of your roof that carries your gutters)
This is because your roof is held together with fittings and bolts. Wind can make those fittings come loose and clog up your gutters with storm debris, Seals get broken, roof parts get cracked, and your house is left exposed to the elements.
5. Debris in Your Yard
Sometimes, you won’t even need to inspect your roof to figure out that it’s been damaged. You’ll just need to take a peek around your yard for debris. If shingles or bolts have fallen off the roof, they’re probably scattered somewhere around your house for your to find.
Go out into your yard after the wind dies down a little bit. Wander around and see if there’s any debris to clean up. If you don’t see any, walk around your house a bit and check out the state of nearby sidewalks and roads.
If you find little roof parts laying around, you definitely need to call in roofing experts ASAP. Even if you don’t see anything missing from your roof, you’ll want someone who knows their stuff to inspect it.
After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
You probably picked your shingles in a color that you like.
Maybe it goes with your siding. Maybe it goes with your exterior decor. Maybe it goes with your neighbor’s house.
It doesn’t really matter why – you just want it to stay that way.
But a discolored roof isn’t just an aesthetic problem. It means that there’s probably water damage up there that you don’t know about. This happens a lot after a windstorm and often is accompanied by tears, cracks, and flapping shingles.
This can lead to huge problems down the line, so fix the problem now.
7. Indoor Leaks
Notice that your house is having more problems with water damage than normal? That’s a really bad thing because it can destroy your furniture and belongings. Even worse, it can destroy the structural integrity of your house.
This is, of course, in addition to potentially dangerous problems like:
- Black mold growth (that can cause serious respiratory issues)
- Damage to electrical cords and electronic devices (you don’t want a fire ❌🔥 )
- Collapsing ceilings that can fall on you and family members
- Leaks into HVAC systems and refrigerators
After a wind storm, roof damage can leave your ceiling open to the elements. Water can leak through gaps in the shingles. It can also leak into your home interior.
If you start to notice water spots on the ceiling, fluid in unusual places, damp furniture, and crumbling walls, you might have roof-related water damage. This can be life-threatening if you don’t take care of it, so contact the pros ASAP to come and repair your roof.
Repair Roof Wind Damage Now
Roof wind damage can cause lots of problems for your home, but there are ways that you can catch it before serious issues arise. Now that you know some signs of a damaged roof, it’s time to deal with any problems that you notice.
Buckworth’s experts are hyped to come help you repair your home and get it back in top shape. We love making sure that you have a safe place to come back to every night free of roof damage and leaks. Contact us with any questions you have and talk to a pro about your specific problems.