Spotting Roof Damage After Heavy Winds

As an Iowa City Roofer, we know that heavy winds can really do a number to your roof! Propelling debris such as tree branches, gravel, rocks, and even shards of glass can often be more destructive than the wind itself. When examining your roof following a heavy wind event, look for what may have flung onto and/or beyond the roof. Additionally, this is also a great time to inspect your gutters and downspouts to be sure they are not clogged which can lead to even bigger problems in the future. Gutter guards, covers, and screens are an excellent way to help keep unwanted debris out of your gutter system.

Trim your trees back at least 10 feet away from your roof. If there are any branches and limbs touching your roof they will scrape and gouge the roofing materials when they are blown back and forth by the wind. Dropping branches from overhanging trees can do some serious destruction to the shingles and other roofing materials, and can even put a large hole in your roof!

How to Monitor Your Roof for Wind Damage

Keep an eye out for missing and damaged shingles (warped, cracked, warped, blistered, ripped, granular-loss) on your roof and encompassing your property. If the damage is confined to below 30 percent of the entire roof, an Iowa City Roof Repair professional may be able to fix the problems. But, if there is more widespread damage then a full roof replacement is probably the answer. Furthermore, bear in mind that there may also be other negative impacts to the gutters, downspouts, chimney, vent pipes, flashing, and rooftop appliances. Make sure these are also evaluated for damage.

What Should You Do If Your Roof Has Wind Damage?

If you have damage to your roof that was created by wind and the debris it carries, its critical to have it repaired quickly. The longer you delay, it’s almost certain that more damage will happen. The expense for a roof replacement or a roof repair is significantly lower when the additional charges of fixing leaks and water damage are not included. Talk to your insurance agent to evaluate the condition and decide if you should file a claim. Completely document any damage that happened and save all your receipts for the work done (including any DIY projects) such as masking broken windows or cracks in your roof to expedite reimbursement if you record a claim. Numerous policies will cover expenses like these when they are included with the submission of your claim.