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After the Storm-What do you do?
First, access the damages. Are you in need of Emgergency repair? Drury Brothers Roofing, Inc. offers emergency repair to keep your property water tight.
Hail damage is not always obvious if you don't know what you're looking for, especially when looking up from the ground. Damage to roof vents and gutters is easy to spot by looking for dents and dings. Shingle damage shows up as random light or dark spots (depending on the color of your shingles) across the expanse of the roof where the hail has impacted and knocked loose the protective granules, exposing the asphalt layer below. If hail has fallen in your area you should request an estimate from a professional after even a mild storm. Drury Brothers Roofing, Inc. provide free estimates, and it's better to be safe than sorry. Your roof may look fine from the ground, but you can miss telltale signs of damage that don't look too bad right now, but can cause leaks and water damage weeks or months later.
Evidence of loose granules
Asphalt and composition shingles have a top layer of colored granules. The granules are used for decorative purposes to add various shades of color, and also to add a layer of protection on top of the asphalt to protect it from the sun. Asphalt that is exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time can soften, dry up and crack, allowing rain to penetrate beneath the shingles.
When hail strikes your roof it often loosens and dislodges these granules, and the rain washes them down the roof into your gutters. If you see piles of granules in your gutters (view image) or below your downspsouts, you need to investigate further.
Wind storms can damage your roof and shingles, and if left unchecked can cause water damage to the interior of your home. The evidence for wind damage can range from missing shingles, which can be seen from the ground, to lifted shingles with broken glue seals. Asphalt shingles adhere to one another utilizing a strip of adhesive called a glue strip or sealant strip. When High winds break this seal, debris and dirt are blown into this glue area. This is like taking a piece of tape, running it along the floor, then turning around and trying to stick it to the wall, only having it fall back to the ground. These shingles will often not re-seal. It is very important to have a qualified roofer inspect your home after any major windstorm to assess damage.