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Steps to Take When Your Roof Has Storm Damage

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Storms can cause extensive damage to your roof, wreaking havoc through high winds, hail, rain, and falling debris. As a homeowner, you should recognize the signs of storm damage and take the right steps to protect your home and prevent further damage.

Storm Damaged Roof

Signs of Roof Storm Damage

If a nasty storm has recently visited your neighborhood, it's essential to inspect your roof for potential damage. Here are some of the signs to watch out for:

Granule Loss

Granules are the protective coating that protects your shingles. A storm can dislodge them and expose your shingles. You’ll find a considerable amount of granules in the gutters, downspouts, and the ground surrounding your home.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Strong winds can blow off or damage your shingles. If you notice that your shingles are damaged or missing, you most likely have roof storm damage.

Dents or Shingles

Hails, from small pellets to large stones, can hit your roof, causing dents and dislodging granules. The result is cracked or weakened areas that leak. Check your shingles for dents or cracks.

Leaks or Water Stains

If your roof leaks or you find water stains inside your home, it’s a sign that your roof has been damaged. Other signs to look for include damp spots, stains, or peeling paint on ceilings and walls.

Damage to Structure

Tree branches, twigs, and other debris can break off and damage the roof’s structures. Check the flashing around the chimney, skylights, vents, and other structures for signs of damage.

Steps to Take if Your Roof Has Storm Damage

Now that you know that the storm damaged your roof, it’s essential to take the right steps. Do the wrong thing, and you risk further damage to your home. Take these steps immediately:

  1. Prioritize safety by making sure you and others are not in any danger. Be careful when assessing your roof and avoid climbing it if you lack experience.

  2. Document the damage by taking photos and videos. They will be helpful for your insurance claim.

  3. Call your insurance company and give them a description of the damage. Provide the documents you've gathered.

  4. Contact a professional roofing contractor with experience in storm damage repairs. They will assess the damage and provide an estimate for roof repair or replacement.

  5. Perform temporary repairs, if necessary, before your claim is approved to prevent further damage to your home.

  6. Get repairs done quickly to restore your roof's structural and aesthetic functions.

Work With a Reliable Roofing Contractor Today

When a storm wreaks havoc on your roof, you want to work with a roofing expert who has seen it all, can provide emergency repairs, and guide you through the insurance process. If you are in Duncan, Lindsay, and surrounding areas in Oklahoma, reach out to us for a job done right the first time.



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