Residential Roof Storm Damage

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Residential Roof Storm Damage

Severe weather is a fact of life in Central Texas. If you’re a homeowner or commercial property owner, you might be all-too-familiar with the damage that storms can do to a roof. Hail damage in Austin is no joke. Even the most minor impact can cause lasting damage later on–leaks, cracked shingles, warping, and more. Storms weaken a roof so that the next round of wind, rain, or hail will dramatically impact your home. 

To reduce potential damage to the rest of your home, you must have your roof inspected after each significant weather event.

The key to protecting your home from suffering after storm damage is a reliable, professional Austin roofing company. Hail of all sizes can impact your roof, so be sure to have a roofer inspect your home after even a minor storm. Damage might be otherwise invisible to your eye if you don’t know what to look for. Harsh weather can bruise, crack, or shift the shingles in your room. It can cause tiny leaks later on, which will also impact your utility bill and reduce energy efficiency. Call a Sprauer Roofing company within three days after a storm to get your Austin roof inspected and repaired.

How can I tell if my Central Texas home has storm damage?

By design, your roof is withstanding weather events, but sometimes heavy storms can win the battle with your roof, and it may cause damage. It is crucial to have a thorough roof inspection, as this damage may be hard to see from the ground. Homeowners should watch out for roof damage signs to avoid more expensive burdens that may be right around the corner.

While hail damage is a big factor, excessive amounts of rain or wind can also greatly impact your roof. High wind speeds can get into small cracks in your shingles, and may result in pieces flying off of your roof. Rain can also pull shingles off of your roof, as well as cause leaks. Extremely cold weather, like what central Texas saw in February of this year, can also impact your home by making the materials brittle and ready to snap. Watch out for any kind of storm or weather that could affect your roof’s integrity, and be sure to get a professional out there to inspect it quickly. 

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Signs That Your Roof May Have Storm Damage

Wind Damage – Missing shingles are the first sign of storm damage. Be sure to look at your roof’s flashing and ensure that it is not damaged or missing. Flashings are typically metal, and they are often in your roof’s most vulnerable spots. Other wind damage may not be easy to see, especially if the adhesive seal that provides a water-shedding surface is breaking. If your roof is being exposed to significant winds, it is always best to contact a professional to inspect your roof.

Another sign is thin horizontal lines on the shingle. These lines indicate that granules have worn off the top 1-2 inches beneath the above shingle and that the shingle seal could be breaking. The broken seal will then flap against the shingle above it. This is why it is essential to make sure your shingles are correctly sealed to each other.

Hail Damage – Hail storms can bruise shingles by causing indents. You may also be able to see a distinct pattern of small round-shaped divots on the edges of the shingles. Another, possibly more manageable way to see if there is hail damage to your roof is by looking at your flashing to see if there are round indents in the metal. It would help if you were looking for repeated round spots all over your roof and flashing.

You will also want to look for indentations on shingles where granules are missing or a large pile of granules at the end of your downspout (a small amount is average, but not a large amount)

Falling Debris – Major storms can cause trees and other natural debris to fall on your roof. Your shingles can become cracked and will eventually lead to leaks. If you see that debris is still on your roof after a storm, it is essential to check it yourself or call a professional to examine any shingle damage that may be lying underneath. Be sure to have your trees trimmed away from your roof to avoid these issues in the future.

What To Do After Finding Storm Damage?

Many homeowners file insurance claims after experiencing hail or wind damage. If you’re interested in doing this, using a professional roofing company will help. Our Austin expert roofers can inspect your home and determine how best to show damage to the insurance company, and are often very knowledgeable about filing these claims. After filing, if your claim is approved, the damages on your roof can be restored quickly. You’ll likely only have to pay the deductible. 

An inspection after a storm will be quick and thorough. You may not have received any damage after a storm, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, considering the way minor issues can escalate later on. Sprauer roofing company will look over all aspects of your roof and determine anything that needs repair. So If you’re in need of a fast and free quote contact us today. If you decide to go through with the repairs, roofers will often replace old or broken shingles, adjust gutters, and remove any harmful debris. Don’t climb up on the roof and inspect it yourself after a storm. You may risk falling or worsening the damage with incorrect footwear. Finding a reliable company to fix your roof hail damage in Austin can save you from a lot of trouble. Leave it to the professionals, and your roof will be good as new in no time. 

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