Anyone who lives in Ohio knows that once the weather starts changing around March, any day could bring any type of weather—and sometimes one day can bring all four seasons at once. An Ohio storm could bring rain, snow, sleet, heavy hail, high winds, and areas like Southern Ohio even bring tornadoes. Roof storm damage can come from any of these storm-related conditions, and you have to know what to look for to determine if you need a roofing company to come check it out and how quickly that needs to be done.
The types of roof damage your home experienced may depend on the type of roof—like whether you have asphalt shingles, metal shingles, or others—and the type of conditions your roof faced.
Visible damage from an Ohio storm could include missing, cracked, or curling shingles. You may see the gaps when looking up from the ground, or you may even find some of your shingles in your yard and realize they are missing. If you have windows that look out to your roof, you can inspect those areas through the windows as well. Hail storms could also cause dents in the shingles.
Backed up gutters and/or roofs without proper drainage could cause standing water, leading to leaking or weak spots in the roof. This also enables the growth of algae and moss and decreases the lifespan of your roof. Standing water can come from large amounts of rain or a lot of snow sitting in one place, especially when it starts to melt.
Debris could include anything from small twigs to large tree branches. The smaller debris may not pose an issue, but bigger debris could certainly cause damage to the shingles or other structures (gutters, vents, etc). While this is typically more of an issue with asphalt shingles, and metal shingles might only receive small dents from debris, this is something that should be checked on all types of roofs.
Water leakage inside your home could show up in multiple spots. Check your attic space for any soft spots in the ceiling or walls. Any visible water indicates a leak and should be investigated by a professional. Also check all skylights within a home for water damage.
It’s important to also check all the extras around the roof. A cracked chimney, loose gutter, or damaged vent could all cause issues with your roof. Skylights have a seal around them that must remain intact, or else you could have water entering your home.
Documenting all visible damages can help with insurance claims, and it can also help to make sure you are getting any issues fixed before they create even bigger—and more expensive—problems.
If you do find damage in your roof after an Ohio storm and aren’t sure what to do next, follow these steps to make sure you’re covered and don’t miss out on ensuring the damage is amended and doesn’t get worse.
ProCon Exteriors is a local roofing contractor in Kidron, Ohio, who can handle inspecting and repairing any roofing, chimney, siding, or other home exterior damage in your home in Columbus, Mansfield, Canton, Akron, Cleveland, or surrounding areas.
We are committed to giving you the pros and the cons of the roofing and exterior services and products that are available for your home. We won’t try to sell you what you don’t need. We will make sure that you understand the variety of roofing, siding, window, and door products on the market. Our goal is helping you choose the right roofing system and exterior for your home.