5 Signs of Hurricane Damage to Your Roof
The North American hurricane season usually begins in June, and with over 60% of all hurricanes occuring in September and October, it is vitally important for residents of South Carolina to spot-check their roofs yearly, regardless of a hurricane occurrence. Whether your roof is composed of shingles, tile, metal, or another material, you’ll need to try and do a thorough check of your roof after a hurricane storm.
Read the quick checklist below to determine whether your roof has suffered any damage resulting from a hurricane. If you don’t know what to do immediately after damage from a hurricane, check out our blog about what to do.
If in doubt, a thorough inspection can be conducted by Sea Island Residential to assess your roof’s condition and provide a free and fair quote for repair. Sea Island Residential is also a member of a special state program known as South Carolina Safe Home, where you may qualify for up to $5,000 to make your home more weather-resistant.
Let’s take a look at five signs of hurricane damage to your roof!
1. Debris on Roof
Check visually for fallen trees, tree limbs, debris, or other objects. These objects can cause your shingles to tear, fall off, or cause a hole in your roof.
Be cautious in using a ladder to check for damage. You should always have someone next to you when conducting a superficial surface inspection.
2. Fallen or Loose Shingles
Strong hurricane winds exceeding 74 mph, along with walls of heavy rain might just shatter more than just a few shingles. Upon a visual inspection, if you see cracked or missing shingles, it could be an urgent time to call for a further roof inspection and repair.
3. Damaged or Separated Rain Gutters.
If you notice that the gutters were pulled from the side of your roof, this could cause further damage to nearby areas. For this reason, be sure and check your gutters regularly for blockage.
In heavy hurricane rains, your clogged gutter might overflow and pool back onto your roof causing additional damage to the shingles. Schedule an appointment with Sea Island Residential to install seamless gutters and/or gutter guards, which will prevent clogs and reduce overall maintenance.
4. Attic Moisture
If your home has an attic, take a flashlight and inspect it for any wet areas. Be sure and inspect not just the roof sheathing, but the walls of the attic as well, as this warning will indicate a leak somewhere on the roof.
Note the position of the wall leak and then try to identify the roof exterior location above the moist wall. If your home has venting inside your attic, the rain can quickly penetrate surrounding areas, making it that much more important to inspect the ridge vents as well.
5. Damaged Eaves
An eave is the edge of the roof that overhangs the exterior siding. Roof eaves can be both decorative and practical. High winds can make a roof prone to lifting when it hits under the eaves.
Damage to the eaves can ultimately cause roof damage and insect damage. Spot check each eave surrounding the home.
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We also specialize in installing Velux skylights as well as siding, windows and doors. Don’t delay! We’ll help you protect your investment. Call our roofing professionals today!