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Addressing Seasonal Storm Damage to Your Roof
Spring will be here before we know it, which means that it will soon be time to address seasonal storm damage to your roof. So, what is involved in evaluating the condition of your roof? More importantly, if you find damage to your roof, will it need to be replaced? Read on for everything to know about dealing with storm damage to your roof.
Signs of Storm Damage on Your Roof
Rain, snow, hail, and wind can all damage your roof. When looking for damage to your roof you’ll want to look for the following:
- Missing shingles
- Loose shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Bubbling or blistering shingles
- Peeling shingles
- Worn granules (granule loss)
- Debris on the roof (branches, limbs, etc.)
- Broken or damaged gutters
- Dents in shingles
- Clogged gutters
- Discoloration of shingles
Occasionally storm damage to your roof will result in problems inside your home. At the first sign of water damage inside your home, you’ll need to speak with an experienced roofing company about replacing your roof. Interior water damage due to a storm-damaged roof results in:
- Dark spots on the ceiling
- Wet ceiling
- Wet walls
- Wet insulation in the attic
- Wet framing in the attic
- Flaking drywall
Damage to Your Roof that May Require a Roof Replacement
If you can see visible damage to your roof, it is a good idea to have a professional come inspect it. Although it may look like minor damage, there can be underlying issues that must be addressed, often with a roof replacement. Serious damage includes:
Damage to the Underlayment
The underlayment is the waterproof layer underneath the shingles. If the underlayment has been damaged, you’ll likely need to replace the entire roof.
The roof decking is vital to the structure of your roof. If these wooden boards have become damaged due to a storm you will need to have your roof replaced.
Mold or Wood Rot
If you begin to smell mildew or mold in your home, and cannot identify what is causing the smell, it’s possible that the roof decking may be rotting or molding. Because mold can cause respiratory and other health problems, it’s best to have your roof thoroughly inspected by a professional roofing company.
Roof Replacement after Damage: What to Know
Your homeowner’s insurance may cover some of the cost of a roof replacement. However, each policy has different terms and conditions. For example, many policies will not pay for a roof replacement if the roof is more than 20 years old. If a severe storm is responsible for your roof damage, your insurance may pay for the entire replacement. But, if storm damage results from general wear and tear over the years, you may be responsible for paying for the replacement.
Fortunately, reputable, established roofing companies typically offer financing programs to make roof replacements more affordable.
Roof Damage in Lane County: Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?
Oregon Roof Guys is a top-reviewed roof replacement company serving all of Lane County, Oregon. To request an estimate, send us a message or call 541-515-4202.