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What is Considered Storm Damage to a Roof?

January , 2024 | 7 min. read

By Joe Martinez

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Mother Nature can be cruel, especially to those of us living in the southeastern region of the United States. Down here, it’s safe to say we’ve all seen our fair share of vicious weather and the havoc it can wreak on a roof.  For those of us living in Florida, we all know this past May and June have been no walk in the park when it comes to thunderstorms. 
 

Storms come in different shapes and sizes, each leaving a unique mark on roofing systems. A roof weathering hail damage looks distinct from one affected by heavy rain, just as a roof hit by strong winds differs from an ice-damaged one. With 28 years in the field, RoofCrafters specializes in repairing and replacing storm-battered roofs. Our extensive experience has acquainted us with the diverse and often challenging impacts storms can have on roofs.

Okay, so, what exactly is considered storm damage to a roof, then?  Great question. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably experienced storm damage to your roof, and for insurance or personal purposes, you’re wondering if it’s classified as storm damage. You’re in the right place! By the end of this article, you will have learned what’s considered storm damage to a roof, and even some preventative measures you can and should take to protect your roof and home this rainy season. So, let’s jump right in! 

What Is Considered Storm Damage to a Roof?

 

As we mentioned earlier, the type of storm and the type of roof can help determine what damage to a roofing system would look like. First, let’s look at the different types of storms and how they can distort your roofing system.

1. Wind Damage

 

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just strong winds that can cause damage to a roof. If the roof of your home is made with lighter materials, such as asphalt shingles, even moderate winds can cause severe damage.

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In addition to forming cracks, your roof may also be missing a few shingles here and there after a strong wind storm. Unfortunately, minor damage is comparatively harder to spot after wind storms. So, you may need to look closely at the shingles for signs of creased and torn shingles.

If you see loose granules from the shingles, consider calling a professional roofer for an inspection. After a significant wind storm, it’s not uncommon to see cracks and holes in your roof or even a water leakage. This is something that a professional roofing contractor can help you with.

roofers installing a tarp on a storm damaged roof

They’ll make temporary repairs to keep the damages at bay until your insurance company agrees to pay for the repairs. If your property has a metal or slate roof, however, the chances of a wind storm causing any damage to your roof are extremely low.

2. Heavy Rains and Thunderstorms

 

Heavy rainfall can prove to be extremely hazardous for roofing systems. They can make the entire structure fail and, in worst-case scenarios, collapse. In addition, standing water can create holes in your roof and weaken the adhesive between shingles.

homeowner sitting inside getting rained on from a roof leak

If your property’s roof doesn’t have a proper drainage system, then rainstorms can cause irreplaceable damage to the deck of the roof. So, if you reside in a city that experiences heavy rainfall, you should install a roofing system accordingly.

In addition to this, it is advisable to use asphalt shingles, metal, or Spanish tile roofing for rainy climate regions. A reputable roofing company can and will evaluate your roofing system and provide solutions according to the weather conditions.

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3. Hail Damaged Materials

 

Hailstorms are usually shorter than wind and rainstorms; however, the damage caused by them is similar. Hailstorms are hard to miss but if you want to find out whether they caused any damage, look for these signs:

  • Bruises or dents on shingles

  • Round-shaped marks on the roof

  • Missing granules

  • Piles of granules at the bottom of the roof

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If you see any visible signs of hailstorm damage, contact a professional roofing contractor who can further evaluate the condition of the roof. These experts will provide you with possible solutions depending on the damages, insurance coverage, and budget.

4. Ice Storms

 

If you live in a region that experiences frequent ice storms, you may need a professional to add a protective layer to the roof. Ice storms can cause structural damage to a roofing system. In addition, if you don’t get the damage repaired on time, the water from ice storms can find its way into your home.

snow on a roof

Leakage and cracks are some of the common signs of ice storm damage. However, if you’ve built a pitched roof, that will allow the snow and water to fall off easily, there’s nothing to worry about. Usually, when an expert is installing a roof, the weather conditions are taken into consideration before choosing the style and material of the roof.

What Can I Do After Storm Damage Occurs?

 

Storm damage should be taken care of as soon as possible. Trained professionals have the experience and expertise to provide solutions for any type of storm damage. In addition to this, you should also get homeowners insurance providers involved in the process.

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The insurance providers will delegate the task of investigating and evaluating the damage to an individual. After evaluation, they will provide you with the required compensation for the damage caused.

It’s always best to hire a professional roofer to inspect the roof damage first. They will help you estimate the cost of repairs or the replacement cost for a new roof. These individuals can also help in making sure all items needed to make the repairs are covered by your insurance claim.

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Is My Roof Considered Storm Damaged?

 

Possibly! If you read through any of the examples in this article and said, “Hey, that sounds like my roof!” then you most likely have storm damage. If that’s the case, it’s crucial that you contact an expert as soon as possible to come out and conduct an onsite inspection. In the meantime, consider contacting your insurance company as well to figure out what your policy covers.

If you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum, and you didn’t feel as though you could relate to any of the examples in the article, don’t panic! Visit our learning center and browse through our numerous resources.

If you still feel lost, are having a hard time locating the answer to your question, or want to know more about storm-damaged roofs, schedule an inspection. When you fill out the form, one of our friendly experts will contact you right away.

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Joe Martinez

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