Extreme weather has been a frequent cause of concern across much of the United States over the past several months. Multiple events of torrential rain, hail, flooding, straight line winds, and even tornadoes has caused home owners to worry about their home's roof each time the sky darkens and thunder begins to boom. While inspecting shingled roof surfaces for damage after each storm is always a good idea, homeowners may lack a good understanding of the visual clues that show that damage has occurred, especially if they are somewhat subtle in nature.
If you have found yourself pacing up and down on your lawn while trying to get a good look at the condition of your roof's shingles after yet another weather event has passed, here are four easily visible signs of roof damage you need to know.
Loss of texture
The textured appearance of shingles is actually a design feature to make them more resilient and extend their lifespan. Hail, wind, and torrential rain all have the potential to dislodge the granulated coating and wash it into the gutters or flowerbeds below. Once the coating is reduced or gone, the shingles will be much more prone to breakage and the development of leaks.
Curled or raised edges
Wind and rainfall can create conditions where the edges of one or more shingles will appear to be curled or raised. Shingles that show this type of damage will be more prone to breakage and the development of leaks from further exposure to wind or weather.
Small or large depressed areas of the roof
Small, thumb-sized depressions in shingles after a storm are most often indicative that the home has received significant hail damage. Each small depression may contain fine cracks that allow water to seep under the shingles and create a leak within the envelope of the home.
Large depressions that appear after a heavy snow or high wind weather event may be an indication that a roof support has given way, allowing the roof to develop a depressed or sagging area. While dramatic in appearance, this type of roof damage can often be addressed by adding supportive boards, called sisters, to better manage the weight.
Shingles that are missing completely after a serious weather event are another common sign that the roof has received some level of damage. Wind or contact with fallen tree limbs or other debris are often the cause of missing shingles during a storm.
While these signs of roof damage can often be easily distinguished by the homeowner, others may only be discovered by a professional roofing inspection. To schedule one for your home, call on a local, reputable roofing contractor who can help you understand any damage and what will be needed to fix it.