Florida is a beautiful state with mild winters, long sunny summers, and plenty of sunshine and blue skies. However, the state also experiences frequent hurricanes and tropical storms every year. Storm damage is the most common cause of roof damage in Florida.
Storms that are not severe enough to cause extensive damage may still cause minor damage, such as roof leaks or shingles blowing off. Knowing the signs that indicate your roof requires repairs is critical because it may save you time and money.
Here are some of the visible signs that indicate your roof needs immediate attention:
Missing Roof Shingles
This is the most common type of roof damage caused by Florida storms. The high-speed wind during the storm can dislocate the nails connecting the shingles and tear them apart from their anchor.
Bent or Cracked Shingles
When a storm strikes your home, it can cause your roof shingles to bend backward or crack. If you notice any curled or bent shingles on your roof, you should replace them immediately before they become loose or fall off completely.
Worn Out Shingles
In the heavy wind, the roof shingles constantly flap, which can strip off the granules on asphalt shingles. You may notice visible signs or spots with worn-out shingles. Sometimes, if a branch off a nearby tree or heavy debris crashes on your roof, that can also cause wear on asphalt shingles.
Loose Roof Flashings
Flashing is a crucial element that protects your roof from any damage. But storms can dislocate the nails and destabilize the flashing. However, the nail holes will remain, causing leaks on your roof. It is best to replace your flashings after a storm to prevent flooding or leaks on your roofs.
Dents on Shingles or Flashings
Hail storms can cause visible or invisible dents on your roof’s shingles or flashings. These dents will wear out your roof’s lifespan quickly if left unattended.
Black Spots on Your Roof
If your area has a hail storm, you will notice these not-so-inconspicuous black spots on your roof. These roots are caused by hail stones crashing directly on the roof. These black spots indicate that the protective asphalt granule has become loose due to the harsh impact, leaving your roof vulnerable to the elements.
Storms can seriously damage your gutters. If you notice any dents, dislocation, loose flaps, or missing pieces in your gutters, you should contact a professional. Without a proper gutter, the health and functionality of your roof will degrade quickly and easily.
Clogged Gutter Downspout
Storms cause a significant amount of loose granules. You may not see any visible signs on your roof, but if you inspect your gutter, you will notice them clogging the downspout. Clean them immediately to avoid further damage.
How Should You Assess Roof Damage after a Storm?
You may believe that climbing directly to your roof for an accurate inspection of the damages is simple. However, it is not a safe option. Slipping and falling can occur as a result of unstable roofs, missing shingles, or cracked shingles. It’s best you do a visual inspection with a pair of binoculars.
If you want an expert roof inspection, give SRQ Building Services, Inc a call. We are a full-service residential and commercial roofing contractor specializing in roof replacements and repairs in Sarasota, Charlotte, and Manatee County, Florida. Get in touch with us today for all of your residential and commercial roofing needs in Sarasota, FL.