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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage? (2022 Update)

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When a storm hits and causes damage to your home, you may be scrambling trying to pick up the pieces and figure out how you’re going to fix this. The first two questions you might ask are:

  1. Can I fix this myself?
  2. Will my homeowner’s insurance policy cover this?

The good news is that most policies do provide coverage for storm damage. However, the amount of coverage you have may vary depending on your policy. In this blog post, we will discuss what storm damage is covered by homeowners insurance, and how to file a claim if you experience damages. But first, how to tell if you have experienced storm damage.

A large oak tree tossed by the winds of a summer storm falls onto and cuts through half of a house roof severely damaging it.

Tell-Tale Signs of Roof Storm Damage

Not every storm causes damage to your roof, but the big ones definitely can. However, to the untrained eye it can be really hard to spot storm damage. So knowing some of the signs to look for can be vital to getting your roof repaired as quickly as possible. Some of the tell-tale signs you’ve sustained roof damage after a storm include:

Water Stains on the Ceiling

One of the most common and easily identifiable signs of a storm-damaged roof is water stains on your ceiling. If you notice water spots on the ceiling right after a storm, that could mean the leak is quite large and water is leaking in right away. A slowly growing water stain could mean you’ve had damage for a while. 

Either way, it’s important to have a professional come out and take a look as soon as possible as this could be indicative of a more serious problem. And water damage can also cause mold and mildew growth on top of damaging your insulation and causing a much bigger mess than a damaged shingle.

Discoloration of Your Shingles

Hail and debris can knock off the protective granules that cover your asphalt shingles. And this can look like discoloration or even spots on your shingles due to the top layer being gone. This may require a closer look to know for sure, but for safety purposes, it’s a good idea to have a professional roofer do a thorough inspection up on the ladder.

Missing or Loose Shingles

Obviously, a missing shingle or group of shingles is a clear indicator that you’ve experienced storm damage. Shingles can also come loose or even curl at the edges if they are lifted up by the wind during an especially strong storm. From the ground, you should be able to see if any shingles look out of place or have gone missing from a row.

If possible, you can tarp over these areas to protect your home from any further water damage should it rain again before your roof is repaired. Many contractors will also supply emergency tarping services so you don’t have to risk injury doing it yourself.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is installed along your chimney, pipe boots, vents, dormers, etc. up on your roof to make sure water does not seep in at edges where the roof meets a wall or edge. This is one of the areas most susceptible to hail or wind damage as they are often exposed above the shingles.

Damaged flashing may look like this:

  • Loosened shingles that sit on top of the flashing
  • Cracks or missing sections of the flashing
  • Loose pipe boots or vents

Again, a professional roofer can inspect more closely, but if you notice water leaks on the interior walls of your home that line the chimney or those areas of your home— that can be a good sign your flashing on that section of the roof has been damaged from the storm. Luckily, it’s a really easy fix.

Large Debris on the Roof

If you notice extra-large branches or other debris like your neighbor’s lawn chairs that might mean that the wind was so strong that the impact of such debris has damaged or at least scratched your shingles. When or if it is safe to do so, you can attempt to remove that debris and check the shingle underneath.

hail damage with extra large hail stone in hand

What Does a Standard Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Cover?

While you may assume homeowner’s insurance covers anything that happens to your home— this isn’t always the case. It’s vital for you to thoroughly read your insurance policy so you know what is or isn’t covered for your plan and you can add any additional coverages you may need. But for the most part, a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers the following damages:

  • Damage from vehicles or aircraft
  • Damage due to an electrical surge
  • Damage due to sudden water like a burst pipe
  • Damage from riots or vandalism
  • Explosions
  • Falling debris
  • Hail
  • Lightning
  • Theft
  • Snow or ice
  • Volcanic eruption

Wind damage is also covered in general, but that may be more related to wind warranties for your shingles and roof materials. So yes, the short answer is homeowner’s insurance should cover your storm damage. However, things that are not covered under standard insurance policies include damage from:

  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Government action
  • Hurricanes
  • Insect or animal infestation
  • Landslides
  • Rust and Corrosion
  • Smog

People who live in areas prone to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, landslides, etc. would need to add that coverage as an addition to their plan.

Steps for Filing a Storm Damage Insurance Claim

If you believe your home has storm damage, one of the first steps to take is to contact your insurance agent or company to notify them of the incident and to begin the claims process.

You will likely need to provide the following information:

  • Your policy number
  • The date of loss
  • A brief description of the damages
  • Your contact information

Your insurance company will then send an adjuster to inspect the storm damage and determine if it is covered under your policy.

The adjuster will:

  1. Inspect the storm damage
  2. Take photos of the damage
  3. Ask you questions about the storm and damages

The insurance company may also ask for receipts, contractor bids, or other documentation related to the storm damage.

They will be able to help you understand your policy and coverage as a whole. And once the insurance company has all the information they need, they will determine if the storm damage is covered under your policy and issue a check for repairs.

You can also hire a professional roofer to inspect your property and they can then compare your insurance adjuster estimate with their own to ensure you’re getting the coverage you deserve to get your roof repaired.

Getting Your Storm Damaged Roof Repaired

Insurance claims aside, the other most important aspect of getting your roof storm damage repaired is hiring a reputable, trustworthy contractor to get the job done. Impact Roofing is a local roofer focused on providing unparalleled customer service.

We’re committed to providing exceptional, focused residential roofing services to our neighbors that ensure you have a sturdy, protective roof for decades to come. For fast, affordable roof repairs, get a FREE estimate here!

What Our Customers Say...

Aaron PorterAaron Porter
16:42 28 Feb 22
I had some damage from recent wind on my roof. I was referred to Impact Roofing by a friend and have been extremely pleased with their service. They were prompt, professional and took care of my repair to avoid further damage. I would HIGHLY recommend this company if you are looking for any roofing help! I will be using them myself when the time comes to replace my roof.
I DurneyI Durney
18:07 08 Nov 21
We were in a bad spot with a leaky roof down at work but being a small business owner I can’t afford to be taken advantage of. So glad we chose PFM. Brad gave us a great deal was professional and fixed everything in a timely manner. What a blessing.
Brandon JohnsonBrandon Johnson
20:04 11 Apr 20
Like many of the homes in the area, we had some shingles blow off after being hit hard by Wednesday evenings storm. There was not an excessive amount of damage, but enough that we needed some minor repairs.I spoke with a couple of different companies on Thursday. While they were friendly, their main objective was to take a deposit to put a tarp on my roof and try to get my insurance company involved.While considering the options I noticed PFM Roofing was completing a job just up the road, so I stopped off to talk with Rusty and his crew. They were happy to speak with me and look over some photos I had taken of the damage. After a short conversation he quoted me a reasonable amount to complete the repairs, and even better told me he could have it done the next day. Sure enough, today they showed up to replace the missing shingles and nail down any other shingles that had been raised by the storm.Overall it was a great experience. If you are in the same boat and have some roof damage that needs worked on it is worth your time to give these guys a call!
David GrovesDavid Groves
17:56 06 Jan 20
We called PFM to come repair the repair made by a less reputable company. I had some questions so the owner promptly reached out to me and took plenty of time to address them one by one. I could tell he takes great pride in his company's work and wants his customers to be 100% satisfied. Would highly recommend to anyone in need of professional roofing services.
Informed ConsumerInformed Consumer
21:26 23 Jun 19
PFM Roofing did a whole new roof for me. Competitive Price, Excellent Team, No problems, great people. Professional, respectful, courteous. On-time, kept me informed throughout the whole process. Well-spoken. Top-notch service and workmanship, excellent results, awesome cleanup! Brad and Chance are real Pro's! I highly recommend them for your Roofing job.

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