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How Do I Know if My Roof Has Storm Damage?

Nov 30, 2022

Roofs bear the brunt of the elements, so it’s understandable that of all the major exterior components of a home, roofs are the most likely to sustain storm damage. If you suspect that a recent storm has damaged your roof, calling an experienced roofing contractor for a professional inspection is always wise. That’s because not all storm damage is easy for the untrained eye to spot. Moreover, climbing onto a roof, which is necessary for a proper inspection, is inherently dangerous. Unlike most homeowners, however, a professional has the experience and equipment to do the job safely.

Identifying Storm Damage on Different Roof Types

Just because your roof doesn’t have shingles visibly missing or it isn’t leaking, doesn’t mean it’s in good shape. Depending on the type of roof you have, storm damage can show up in a number of ways. Here are issues that roof inspectors typically look for when assessing different roof types:

Asphalt shingle roofs

Your contractor will look for loose, broken, or cracked shingles as well as bubbling or blistering in a shingle, as these problems indicate moisture has made its way to the shingle’s interior. A shingle with any damage should be replaced immediately to avoid leaks or further damage.

Metal roofs

Metal roofs are the easiest of roofs to spot damage on. For example, if hail damages your roof, you’ll see the dents. But dents on a metal roof don’t necessarily mean you need to replace it. Your inspector will check for any openings in the metal or separation between panels that could cause leaks.

Flat roofs

Typically made with waterproof materials and used on commercial buildings, flat roofs are also relatively easy for roofing contractors to spot damage on after a storm. Wind uplift is one of the most destructive forces for flat roofs. Wind uplift happens when wind gets underneath the roofing materials. This explains why there are often wrinkles or bubbles on a flat roof, which can be signs that the roof is no longer as securely attached as it once was.

Storm Damage Repair From a Trusted Maryland Contractor

It’s important to have a reputable roofing company experienced in storm damage projects inspect your roof before your insurance company does. That way, you can be sure that all of the damage is properly notated so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. At Chesapeake Remodeling Group, our storm damage repair process involves:

  • Inspecting your roof – We’ll inspect your roof and other structures of your property and notate any damage we see.
  • Assistance in filing a claim – If the damage we find is consistent with wind and/or hail, we will instruct you to file a claim with your insurance company.
  • Working with your insurance adjuster – We’ll be on hand when your insurance adjuster comes to inspect your property to ensure all damage is documented.
  • Reviewing your insurance claims summary – Once you receive the insurance claims summary, we will review it with you so that you understand everything that is included and what it means for you.
  • Completing any repairs – Our professional team of certified craftsmen will take care of any repairs you need. We can also repair and replace your roof and siding.

If you’d like to learn more about our storm damage roofing services, contact Chesapeake Remodeling today to schedule a free consultation.

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