Assessing Damage to Different Roof Types

Depending on the type of roof you’ve got on your home, storm damage can show up in a number ways. In order to best understand what to look for, have a The Helping Company come out for a free inspection of your roof. We’ll tell you what kind of roof you’ve got, and what you need to be aware of in the future. Take a look at this list of common roof materials and the ways roof storm damage presents on each:

Asphalt-shingled roofs

When examining an asphalt-shingled roof, look for loose, broken or cracked shingles. Look for any bubbling or blistering in a shingle, as that indicates moisture has made its way to the interior of the shingle. A shingle with any damage should be replaced immediately to avoid leaks or further structural damage.

Wood shingles and wood shake roofs

While less common than asphalt composition-shingled roofs, wood-shingled roofs offer a more natural look than their more common counterparts and are more environmentally friendly. However, wood roofs require more vigilance and care from homeowners, especially after a storm.

Look for any separated, broken, cracked or otherwise damaged shingles or shakes. A damaged wood shingle or shake can quickly cause an expensive leak, so replace it as soon as possible.

Tile roofs

Tile roofs offer another unique-looking alternative to the modern asphalt shingles. Tile roofs are often more expensive, but are more fire-resistant, provide more protection against high winds and have longer lifespans than other roofing options.

Look for broken or chipped tiles and for any separation between tiles where water might seep in. In particularly severe storms with heavy winds, edge tiles could become separated and fly off, causing damage to other tiles.

Metal roofs

Metal roofs are the easiest of roofs to spot damage on — 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. Check for any openings in the metal that could cause water to leak into your home. Look for signs of rusting, as well as any separation between panels.

Flat roofs

Most often made using waterproof materials, and generally used on business buildings, flat roofs are also relatively easy to spot damage on after a storm — but not from the ground. Ask a qualified professional to inspect the roof for damage if you are concerned that your home has been damaged.

A professional should look for any pools of water, indentations or tears in any seams where moisture could gather, or water could seep through. They should also make sure the drainage system is working, as flat roofs don’t have a self-draining incline like other roofs.

Gutters, vents, skylights and more

Roof damage isn’t limited to broken roofing material. Gutter damage or a broken seal around a skylight can cause just as much of a headache as a lawn full of shingles.

From the ground, look at your gutters to see if they’ve loosened, broken off from the roof or are full of debris. If a gutter can’t effectively take water from the roof to its intended destination on the ground, it could gather around your home’s foundation. If your gutters are still attached but full of debris, the debris could gather on the roof leading to the deterioration of roofing material and leaks.

If your home has a chimney or skylights, ask a qualified professional to check the sealed edges around them to make sure water can’t make its way in. A professional should also check any exhaust fans or vents to make sure they can release air appropriately and aren’t blocked or clogged.