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Roof Storm Damage Checklist

CHECKLIST FOR ROOF STORM DAMAGE


Chances are, no matter where you live in the United States, you've had your fair share of bad weather over the years. Storms that bring driving wind and rain, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and summer squalls, can wreak havoc on roofs and other exterior home surfaces.









What to Do Following a Storm



How do you detect roof damage, and what should you do after a major storm?



Roof Storm Damage Types


Wind


Meteorologists classify hurricane-force winds as 74 mph or higher, and gale-force winds as 39-54 mph. Both can cause visible damage to your home's roof. High winds can cause shingles to be removed or torn, exposing the underlayment, roof deck, or waterproofing material to the elements.



During less severe storms, strong winds can lift and curl shingles. When shingles are installed, they are purposefully overlapped to create a water-tight seal, and lifting and curling can break this seal, potentially exposing your roof to wind-driven rain damage.



Hail


While hailstorms are typically brief, lasting no more than 15 minutes, hailstones can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles and knock shingle granules loose. This can be an issue because these granules protect your roof from rain and sun damage. Hail damage can also detract from the aesthetically pleasing appearance of your roof's surface.




Water on the Ground


Roofs without proper drainage can have standing water issues after heavy rainstorms, especially in uneven areas. Clogged gutters can also cause rainwater to back up under your shingles, potentially allowing moisture to penetrate the underlayment or the roof deck.




Debris


Depending on the severity of the storm, debris ranging from small branches to large tree limbs may end up on the top of your roof. Large objects can dent or impact the shingle surface, leaving that area of the roof vulnerable to moisture intrusion, whereas lighter branches may not be as problematic.




Plan and Carry Out a Roof Inspection


As is always the case, safety comes first. Schedule an inspection and damage assessment with a reputable, professional roofing contractor. Accurate Roofing Pros, LLC provides free inspections and will know how to look for roof damage safely.



Roof: Evaluate your roof visually by walking around the perimeter of your home and noting any visible storm damage.



You may also be able to see parts of your roof from one of your windows. Keep a list of notes and/or take photos — this may come in handy later for insurance purposes. Any visible signs of storm damage, such as dented, torn, curled, or missing shingles, should be documented.



Gutters, Vents, and Windows: Examine your home's gutters and roofing accessories, such as gable vents and other overhangs, for dents. Cracks, broken glass, loose weatherstripping, and torn screens should all be looked for in windows.




Walk around the outside of your house looking for fallen tree limbs, missing fence posts, or damage to lawn furniture and other decorations. Hail damage can be assessed on flat surfaces such as patios and decks.





Check the attic and ceilings for leaks and water spots. While the exterior of your home's roof may appear undamaged, wind and hail can cause unseen leaks that can lead to bigger problems later. Water leaks and spots should be checked in your ceilings, light fixtures, and attic. To see in the dark, use a flashlight.





It's critical to work with a local reputable contractor. Accurate Roofing Pros, LLC has been serving the Northeast Georgia area and Florida for over 2 decades! We offer onsite Project Manager - Name your price estimates - Worry free roofing experience - Consideration of your time.


Accurate Roofing Pros, LLC is capable of:



Examine your damage with a trained eye.


Estimate the cost of repairs.


Roof replacement or repair


Contact Your Homeowners Insurance Company


If you discover significant damage to your home following a storm, you must immediately notify your homeowners insurance provider so that you can file a claim in accordance with their requirements.


Accurate Roofing Pros, LLC can help you file the claim and work with your insurance company





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