9 Signs of Storm Damage You Shouldn’t Ignore
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9 Signs of Storm Damage You Shouldn’t Ignore

Living near New Brighton, Minnesota, you know all too well how fast severe weather can roll in. From gusty thunderstorms and tornadoes to unforgiving hail storms, severe weather can threaten your family and your property.

Usually, the first parts of your house to fall victim to severe weather are your roof and siding. Your gutters may damage if your roof does, as they work in tandem to keep your rainwater out of your home, while windows may also accumulate wear and tear from storms.

Knowing when the exterior of your home succumbs to damage will save you money down the road. Let’s cover these nine signs of storm damage.

1. Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are a clear sign that wind from the previous storm has caused damage to your roof. Asphalt shingles protect your roof from moisture finding its way into your home and blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Missing shingles leave the underlayment of your roof exposed to the element, causing water damage and mold inside your home. The sun will do its part by warping and cracking your roof even further. This accumulation of damage leads to moisture ending up inside of your home.

2. Loose Granules

Granules on shingles are the primary defense from elements. You will find loose bits of a black, sand-like material in your gutters and around your house from your shingles over time.

However, if this happens right after a storm--it poses a red flag--leading you to inspect your roof for damage. You will find these loose granules along the edge of your house, like the driveway, patio, and backyard.

3. Indented Roof

After a storm comes and goes, it’s always best to check your property for any damage. One of the first things you may notice is depressions or indents on parts of your roof. These depressions can easily allow moisture to seep into your home. Additionally, an indented roof is an early sign of weakening structural integrity.

4. Rot in the Siding

If you have engineered wood siding, this is something you should look out for. Rotting siding has plenty of adverse health effects. Now one storm might not affect this siding immediately, but many storms will do it over time. Check your siding for any brown, rippled, deteriorating spots to find rot damage properly.

5. Loose or Missing Siding

Although vinyl siding is affordable and easy to install, it can be susceptible to window or hail damage. If your vinyl siding moves around too much or a couple of strips are missing, it’s best to fix the issue promptly as the next storm may blow it right off.

6. Dented Siding

Dented siding usually happens after a hail storm. If you find numerous small or large dents to your siding, there is a big chance that water will find its way in, causing damage to your home’s structure and prompting mold to form in the insulation.

7. Leaking Roof

If you cannot spot any damage on your roof from ground level, be sure to check your attic for any leaks. Moisture escaping into the attic is a sure sign of roofing damage. If your roof leaks, be sure to contain the drip and file a claim with your insurance company.

8. Ice Dams

Ice dams form on your roof in the winter because of poor insulation. However, it might not be the insulation itself letting the warm air to your shingles. If you find frequent ice dams on your roof this winter with proper insulation, the answer is most likely roof damage.

9. Loose Hanging Gutters

If you notice your gutter system out of alignment after a storm, chances are damage to your eaves and roof’s edge occurred. Keep in mind the state of your gutters as you inspect for storm damage!

Trust Apple Exteriors After a Storm

Has a recent storm caused damage to your home? Don’t wait to solve the issue; call on Apple Exteriors. We specialize in storm damage repair. We also offer financing so you can repair now and pay later.

Schedule your free inspection online or call us at 651-36-APPLE (651-362-7753) today!

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