How To Check Your Roof For Damage After A Storm

Your roof is one part of your home that takes on the weather 24/7. From rain to the hot sun beating down on your home, the roof is your main barrier from the forces of nature. Just like you get a check up after a health scare it's important you also treat your roof the same way after some bad weather. Today I will share with you a few things you can easily look for on your roof before calling a roofing company for an official inspection. 

Disclaimer: Getting on your roof can be dangerous depending on the design of your roof. Please be careful if you do inspect your roof on your own. Use a ladder and be aware of your roof’s steep inclines. If you are uncomfortable inspecting your roof then please call a professional. 

Today I’ll show some simple signs of damage you can look for. These are the same signs we teach our sales force to look for so they are easy to spot and take note of.

 

Wind

Wind damage is very common and can occur pretty much anywhere in the country. While most roofs can handle winds up to 90mph, over time even wind storms with 50 to 60mph can begin to affect the nails or adhesive that keep the shingles attached to the roof. When this happens the roof is exposed and can lead to leaks and other debris possibly penetrating your roofing system. This type of damage is easy to spot from the ground if you notice your shingles flapping or starting to crease where the wind is lifting them up. If your roof is showing signs of wind damage then it might be time to call for an inspection from a roofing professional. 

 

Hail

Hail damage is one of the most common types of damage that roofing companies help deal with every year. Hail is usually common during the spring and fall. While most hail is light there can be instances where larger hail or even wind during a hailstorm can cause damage to your roof. Having old roofing materials can also play a part in the damage. Ways to spot the damage are: 

  • Dents/Shingle Damage
  • Granular build up
  • Loosened Seals between Shingles
 

Dents and shingle damage can be fairly easy to spot. Shingles can get cracked, dented, and even fall off if the damage is that extensive. 

 

Build up of the granules or the material that your roof is made up of, can also be easy to spot if you see these materials building up in drainage ways or in your gutters. This means that there was enough force behind the hail (or wind) to take off the material that your roof is made of. 

 

Loosened Seals are also easy to spot from the ground. When the nail or adhesive has begun to fail then your shingle will begin to loosen and either sag or come off completely. If this is the case then it is absolutely time to call an inspector and see what they can do for your damage. 

 

Rain

Rain damage is the main culprit when it comes to roof damage and structural damage from the roof. Leaks from a damaged roof can begin to seep into your exposed roof and the leak will lead to mold and even rot if your home is made of wood or other materials that don't fare well against water. Just like with the other types of damage there are easy ways to spot this type of damage like missing shingles after a storm or multiple smaller storms. If you do spot missing shingles note this because this means your underlayment is exposed and can lead to moisture getting into the roof and possibly into your home and begin some very serious problems. Other signs of water damage are leaks and wet spots inside your home. This means your roof has been penetrated by the water and can lead to serious issues like mold which can harm you and your family if not addressed right away. Remember to check your roof after small rain storms and not just the big ones. It can take one small storm with heavy rain and some wind to start the domino effect of roof damage and catching it early will go a long way in your roof repair cost. 

 

Overall your roof can take a lot of flack from mother nature but just like you go to the doctor when something doesn't feel right you should be treating your roof the same way. Hail, rain, sun and other weather conditions will eventually cause some problems and using these simple tips to spot damage can help you decide if it's time to call a professional to check your roof. Remember that home insurance can play a big part in getting you a new roof so if you do see damage remember to check your insurance and see what you are covered for. 

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