Storm damage can lead to serious problems for your roof, such as leaks and dislodged shingles. But despite its severity, storm damage is sometimes not easy to spot. But if you fail to identify storm damage after a storm, your roof could begin to deteriorate very quickly.
Spotting roof damage after a storm allows you to fix areas that need repair. And you can also spot other potential issues so that a roofer can fix them before they worsen. After a storm, take the following actions.
Do a check of the ground level first
One of the simplest ways to determine just how severe a storm was after it has passed is to examine the environment on your property. Walk around and look for:
- Dents caused by hail
- Broken trees and tree limbs
- Torn window screens
- Shingles and shingle granules
- Dislodged gutters
- Damaged soffits and fascia
If the area at ground level has suffered damage after a storm, then it is highly likely that your roof has also suffered damage, since it will take the brunt of the force due to its position. And if you find clear evidence, such as shingles and shingle granules, you'll need a roofer to come in and examine your roof.
Check for water damage within the house
If water has entered your home during a storm, then your roof is probably damaged. But water issues aren't always easy to spot. Look for water leaking through parts of your ceiling, dark spots on walls, and pools of water on floors.
Even if you fail to find any visible water damage, don't relax until you have examined the attic.
Examine the attic for signs of damage
The surest way to confirm that your roof isn't leaking is to go up to the attic and search for damage. If the roof membrane is damaged, you'll be able to see the damage clearly from the attic. And if you find pools and wet insulation and surfaces in your attic, there is a leak somewhere in your roof.
Scan your roof for evidence of damage
Walk around your house and examine each part of it for damage after a storm. Check the flashing, which is the material that seals the edges of your roof and other features such as vents and chimneys. If the flashing is loose, rainwater will enter through the gaps. Check for missing or damaged shingles too. Storm damage can even damage chimneys, so be sure to check that your chimney is still intact.
For more info about storm damage roof repairs, contact a local company.