Storm Damage in Maryland, West Virginia, & Surrounding Areas.
Storm damage is very common in our local area, and your home is no exception to the damage it can cause. While you may not see any damage from your point of view, when we visit your roof we may see something you may not. Storm damage doesn’t have to mean shingles on the floor, it can be loose shingles or more.
Our focus is to point out all the damage to your roof, siding, or gutters caused by your storms the same way the insurance company would. We let you know the extent of the damage and if it needs to be replaced now or in the near future.
Storm damage can make impacts by:
- Ripping shingles off directly off your roof through a storm, wind, or hail
- Excessive rain can cause wear & tear on your roof
- Excessive rain can loosen shingles and quickly age them
- The roofing structure can suffer extreme water damage
- High winds can cause damage such as missing shingles, leaks, & gutter problems
How can you quickly spot wind damage?
- Roof Leaks or leaking: These are perhaps the easiest to find, simply because there is water coming into your house where it shouldn’t. Look in your attic or on your top floor for wet spots or water dripping from the ceiling.
- Missing Shingles: Strong winds, heavy rain, or falling tree branches can pull off your roof’s shingles.
- Curling Shingles: Curling shingles are most often found at stress points on the roof, i.e., the edges, the corners, near the chimney, at the ridge, etc. When shingles are curled, they can no longer keep water from leaking through the roof, although these are harder to find than a shingle which is simply missing.
- “Lifting” Shingles: Difficult to see unless you’re looking for them, the shingles look intact from the ground. However, the nails have loosened, “lifting” the shingle up, and potentially breaking the sealant between each shingle layer, leading to an increase in the likelihood of a leak.
- The Gutter: High winds and heavy rains can wash away the granules from the shingle, and load them into the gutter. Look for excessive shingle granules in the gutter.
- Chimney Flashing: Look to see if the chimney flashing is missing or split. This is a stress point for high winds, which can easily be lifted by a strong wind hitting at just the right angle.