Whether it’s a sudden thunderstorm or a hurricane, Florida’s storms can lead to significant home damage. The roof of a home provides substantial protection for the structure, so homeowners need to recognize the signs of potential damage.
Ideally, a roof inspection will be done after significant storms, but that’s not always possible. All homeowners should be aware of some signs of roof damage.
Missing shingles are a sure sign of a damaged roof. The homeowner may see them on the ground in the yard even if they don’t see the location on the roof where the shingles are missing.
Shingles that have lifted some on the edges can allow water to seep in. This may indicate that something more serious is going on with the roof.
Shingles that are cracked or broken are a sign that the roof suffered significant damage. Even if the entire roof doesn’t need to be replaced, the damaged shingles must be replaced.
Debris on the roof
Debris on the roof could signal a problem below the shingles. This is particularly true if there are larger branches on the roof.
Water damage inside
Water damage within the home, such as water stains on the ceiling, can mean the roof is damaged. Once this occurs, the house’s structural integrity needs to be checked.
Individuals with homeowners’ insurance should be able to count on that coverage to replace or repair the roof. Sometimes, homeowners must battle with insurance companies to get what they should for these situations. Having legal guidance can help.