How to Spot the Differences Between Storm Damage and General Wear & Tear

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Your roof is designed to withstand all kinds of damages and outside forces, but even the most well-constructed roof is going to take a lot of damage as time goes by. Although any kind of damage should be repaired promptly, knowing the differences between expected wear and tear and storm damage can help you take the right steps to protect your roof.

How to Spot the Differences Between Storm Damage and General Wear & Tear

Below, we’ll review the main signs of general wear and tear versus storm damage so you can make the right decision for your home.

General Wear & Tear

  • Slow Deterioration: Your shingles wearing down and releasing granules or fading over time is normal for an aging roof.
  • Uniformity: Wear and tear tends to be even across the entire roof, so if the signs of damage are consistent, it’s likely due to your roof’s age.
  • History of Poor Maintenance: If you know that you or the previous owners haven’t scheduled regular maintenance, like cleaning and inspections, you can expect your roofing to show signs of its age sooner than a well-maintained roof.

Storm Damage

  • Sudden Impact: Storm damage is sudden and is often the result of impact from branches, hail, or other debris.
  • Isolated Issues: Unlike general wear and tear, storm damage will likely be contained to a particular area of your roof instead of evenly spread across the entire surface.
  • Major Granule Loss: A few speckles of asphalt in your gutters aren’t usually anything to worry about, but if you find lots of granules by the downspout after a storm, there is probably a damaged area that you’ll need to have inspected,
  • Severe Weather: The most obvious sign that you’re dealing with storm damage is that the problem showed up after severe weather. Storm damage can exacerbate existing wear and tear or create entirely new issues.

If your roof has sustained storm damage, call us at Red Monarch Roofing & Construction for effective repair services.