Trying to determine the cause of roof damage can be difficult. The two most common causes are strong winds and hailstones. Given that the blunt force of hailstones on the roof is more devastating than the velocity of winds, however, it’s important to distinguish between the two.
Paramount Professional Roofing, your commercial roofing and waterproofing expert, shares the signs that distinguish the two.
Wind Damage: Missing Tiles on the Roof’s Edges
Strong winds can damage your roof directly by blowing off roofing tiles or shingles, or indirectly, such as with flying debris. In most cases, wind damage is concentrated on the roof’s edges, which have more exposure compared to the middle. After prolonged exposure, shingles start to peel off until they’re blown away, exposing the layer underneath to rain. Eventually, water will seep in and cause leaks in your ceiling.
Wind Damage: Debris on the Roof and in the Gutters
The impact of flying debris can knock off roofing shingles, but they can also cause secondary damage by clogging up your gutters and downspouts.
Hail Damage: Loosened Shingle Granules
It’s a bit harder to spot signs of hail damage. The impact from hailstones can loosen some of the granules that protect shingles, but the erosion isn’t visible until rain washes the granules away and exposes the layer underneath. As such, it’d be prudent to conduct multiple roof inspections or hire a professional.
Hail Damage: Dents in Outdoor Items
Hailstones can also dent outdoor furniture, appliances and siding, and cracked windows.
Filing an insurance claim can be a tedious process, but a contractor’s help makes it a lot easier. Contractors would inspect your roof and document the extent of the damage, so you can have a detailed description to give to the insurance company. Plus, they can guide you through the process.