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Spotting the Signs of Roof Damage After a Storm

Your roof is designed to withstand most of what mother nature has to offer. From wind, hail, or falling debris there is a lot your roof has to weather during severe storms. If you suspect your roof has been damaged after a major storm, there are a few key signs to look out for. Check out some of our tips on how to determine if your roof has sustained damage after a storm and the proper next steps to ensure your roof is in good shape for the future. 

Perform an Outdoor & Indoor Inspection 

If you suspect your roof has been impacted after a severe storm, it’s important to inspect both the outside of your home as well as the inside for any vital signs of damage. Your safety is of key importance so avoid climbing on your roof or taking extreme measures to try and view any potential damage. Here are some things to look for during your initial self-evaluation. 

Outdoor Inspection 

From a safe vantage spot on the ground, look for any obvious signs of damage. Are there indents from hail? Do you see any fallen tree limbs or debris could potentially damage the foundation of your roof? You might be able to see shingles that are missing or broken. Take photos and document anything you can see from your perspective. Regular inspection of your roof can is recommended to have a frame of reference for any damages that may occur in the future. Often times, external damage isn’t clear at first, which is why it’s important to consult a professional roofing company for an inspection after a storm. 

Indoor Inspection 

While most damage to a roof will be external, there are a few indicators to look for indoors that might help assess the type of damage your roof has sustained. Do a pass through your home and look for moisture marks, stains or peeling paint that could have resulted from a leak in the roof. If you have an attic, check for damp rafters or leaks. Further, keep a note of the ventilation in your home. Increased energy costs could be a sign your roof ventilation has been impacted from a storm. 

Most Common Damages After a Storm 

After you’ve done an initial assessment of potential damage, it’s best to call a professional roofing company to come out and do an inspection. The most common damages roofing experts see after a storm are wind damage, water damage, hail damage and falling debris. 

    1. Wind damage can occur during most, if not all, severe weather storms. Common signs to look for with wind damage are missing or broken shingles. Not as easy to spot is the possibility of broken adhesive in the shingles that can lead to unwanted water damage if left untreated. 
    2. Water damage can manifest in a variety of different ways after a storm from missing or broken shingles to water leaking inside the home. This is where indoor inspection becomes important to look for signs of mold, increased moisture, and wet carpet or ceiling marks. It is important to treat water damage immediately to avoid mold forming inside, which can greatly impact your home’s foundation and structure. 
    3. Hail damage is often easily spotted because hail will leave prominent indents in the shingles indicating they have been impacted by a storm. 
    4. Falling debris can be found after a storm in the form of fallen trees, branches or a build-up of leaves in your gutters. It’s important to remove any debris from your roof after a storm to prevent it from causing further damage to the roof.

Contact Smart Roofing for Storm Damage Repair

If you’ve safely evaluated your roof and suspect it is suffering from any of these weather-related damages, reach out to us at Smart Roofing. We can provide an inspection, quote, and plan on how to ensure your roof and home remain protected against severe weather. Every roofing project we complete around central Iowa uses quality materials and workmanship. Contact us today!

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How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

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Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home from the elements while aiding in improving your curb appeal. However, if not taken care of, it can result in costly damage to your home’s exterior and even potentially its interior. It can be challenging to identify when the time is right to replace your roof, and that’s why we are here to help. Check out some of our tips on how to determine when you should start thinking about replacing your roof.

Aged Roof

The typical lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is around 20 to 25 years. This lifespan can vary greatly though depending on the condition the roof manages to stay in during this time. If your roof has experienced wind or storm damage or is lacking proper ventilation, its lifespan can drastically be reduced. Make sure you know the age of your roof so you can be aware of when you should start considering a roof replacement.

Shingles Show Signs of Damage

Take some time to look at your shingles. If you notice any cracking, curling, or buckling, then it is time to replace. Shingles are supposed to lie flat against your roof, and any shingle not doing this negatively affects your roof. Looking even closer can reveal if you’ve been losing granules from your shingles. Granules are there to protect the roof from harmful UV rays and are often lost due to prolonged exposure to the elements. Additionally, if you notice these granules showing up in your gutters, this is another sign that a new roof is needed.

Visible Dark Stains, Algae, or Moss

Moss and dark stains show signs of trapped moisture within your roof, which can become quite problematic the longer it goes unnoticed. While using tools to remove the moss from your roof can help in the short term, we recommend reaching out to a roofing professional to dig deeper and see if you have a larger moisture issue that could require a repair or replacement.

Leaks or Light Shining Through Your Attic

Make your way up to your attic and check for any areas where you can see beams of light coming through the top of the house, as well as any stains or streaks on the ceiling. These could be signs of a leaky roof. The longer these issues are not repaired, the worse the leaking damage will be. Reach out to a roofing contractor immediately if you experience these problems in your attic.

Shingles are Missing

You may think a few shingles blowing off during a storm here and there isn’t a big deal, but it can actually indicate that your roof is damaged. Functionally, there may be no issue in simply replacing a few shingles lost in a storm. However, checking to ensure there is not an underlying problem is always a good idea. If shingles can no longer stay on the roof due to damage to the roof’s underlayment or the roof itself, then you have a much bigger problem to solve.

Roof is Sagging

A sagging roof definitely shows that you need a replacement before your roof completely caves in. Look at your roof’s surface, especially its lowest points, for any sign of sagging spots, rotting boards, etc. to help gauge how bad the rotting damage is. Keep in mind that any snow, rainstorms, or extreme weather can speed up the deterioration of your roof.

Roof Repair & Replacement by Smart Roofing

If you notice your roof suffering from any of these issues, reach out to us at Smart Roofing for an inspection, quote, and plan on how we can work to make sure your roof and home remain functional and protected. Every roof repair and roof replacement project we complete around central Iowa uses our quality materials and workmanship. Contact us today!

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