Nobody wants to have problems with their roof. But there will come a time when you’ll need roof repair and maintenance. You can reduce the damage by regularly inspecting your roof after severe weather. Waiting for damage or a leak to develop gives the problem more time to get worse.
If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself with costly roof and interior damage repair costs. You can save your roof and cut back on the repair expenses by being proactive about checking the roof for damage after severe weather.
Roof Repair: How to check your roof for storm damage?
Different roof styles require different inspection techniques. No matter what style roof you have, inspect its exterior first. You can assess the condition of your roof by inspecting its exterior while you’re on the ground. You can also use binoculars or your naked eye to look for any obvious damage. It is strongly recommended that you don’t climb onto your roof unless you are a skilled roofer.
Check your roof for debris after a storm. If debris is not removed immediately, it could cause additional damage to your roof. Call a professional roofing contractor immediately if there is obvious damage such as a hole made by flying debris or a tree that has fallen.
Assessment of Different Types Of Roof Damage
You may notice signs of storm damage if you are regularly checking your roof. Roof storm damage can sometimes require you to climb onto your roof and inspect it. These are some of the possible damage to your roof:
- Water damage
- Wind damage
- Hail damage
- rain damage
- Ice damage
Assessment of Roof Damage
Storm damage can manifest in many different ways depending on what type of roof you have. A roofer can inspect your roof for free to help you understand what to look out for. The roofer will tell you the type of roof you have and what you should be looking for in the future. This list shows you common roof materials as well as the potential for roof storm damage.
Check for cracked, loose or broken shingles when inspecting an asphalt-shingled roof. Any bubbling or blistering on shingles is a sign that moisture has penetrated the interior of the roof. Any damage to a shingle should be repaired immediately to prevent further structural damage or leaks.
Wood shake roofs and wood shingles
Wood-shingled roofs are less common than asphalt composition-shingled roofs. However, they offer a natural look and are more eco-friendly than more common alternatives. Wood-shingled roofs require homeowners to be more vigilant and careful after storms.
Check for broken, cracked, or other damage to shakes or shingles. Damaged wood shakes or shingles can quickly lead to expensive leakage. Find a general contractor who can replace it as soon as you can.
You should look out for cracked or chipped tiles, and any separations between tiles where water could seep in. Edge tiles can become detached and fly off during severe storms, which could cause damage to other tiles.
It’s easy to find damage to metal roofs. If hail damages your roof, you will notice some dents. A metal roof need not be replaced if it has dents. You should inspect the metal for cracks or holes that could allow water to seep into your home. You should watch out for signs of corrosion and any separations between panels.
Flat roofs are most often constructed using waterproof materials and are usually used for commercial buildings. However, it can be difficult to spot damage after a storm. If you have concerns about the roof’s condition, ask a residential roofer to inspect it.
Skylights, vents, and gutters
Broken roofing materials aren’t the only thing that can cause roof damage. Gutter damage and a cracked seal around a skylight could cause headaches just like a lawn filled with shingles.
Look at your gutters from the ground to check if they are loose or have fallen off the roof. A gutter that isn’t able to effectively drain water from your roof to the ground could cause damage to your home’s foundation. Your gutters could become clogged if they are not attached, but the debris could cause damage to your roof and lead to leaks.
Ask a professional roofing contractor to inspect your chimneys and skylights to ensure water doesn’t get in. Professionals should inspect exhaust fans and vents to ensure they are functioning properly and that the airflow isn’t restricted.
Assessment of Wind vs. Hail Damage
Wind damage to the roof can lead to shingle tears or shingles being pulled off the roof. Most hail damage roof problems are characterized by craters and dings in asphalt shingles. Both of these issues can allow water to seep through asphalt shingles and into your home. Roofers should inspect both immediately.
Hail damage to roof shingles can look like pockmarks scattered across your roof. It can be harder to spot wind damage to roof tiles. Because the shingle might have been stretched or damaged by windstorms, it may be difficult to spot the problem if you are not up close. You should contact a roofing contractor if you suspect hail or wind damage to your roof.
Inspecting Home Interior Storm Damage
After you have given your roof an exterior inspection, it is time to inspect the interior for signs of damage. Check your attic for leaks or other soft spots that could indicate a problem with the roof. You should inspect your walls for water damage and signs of wildlife that could indicate a new hole in the roof.
You can also check your attic for leaks and damage. It’s cheaper to repair damage or fix leaks early than to replace the entire roof. You can reduce the risk of mold and mildew by quickly identifying interior water damage.
Call Restoration Roofing TX now if you need help in installing, repairing, or replacing your roof.
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