The summer storm season is finally winding down but knowing what to look for on your roof after a storm is advice that everyone could use. Roofcorp has some advice on how to inspect after a storm whether it be from hail, wind, driving precipitation or all of the above.
The Importance of Roof Inspection After a Storm
There are many reasons to get your roof inspected immediately after a storm has passed. Many problems on the roof can multiply quickly if they are not taking care of soon enough. Tiny holes in your shingles can allow moisture in or grow larger. Even a small leak can allow enough moisture or precipitation in to quickly cause damage in the form of mold, mildew and rot. Before you know it a quick fix can develop into a major headache.
Performing a Quality Roof Inspection
If you are confident in your ability to safely scale your roof you can do an inspection yourself and see if you can catch any problems that may need immediate attention. Remember, try to not scale the roof until it has dried out a bit after the storm, a roof is dangerous enough as is when dry.
You first order of business is checking your tiles or shingles. We recommend working slowly in small sections to make sure you don’t miss any areas. Check the roofing material for cracks, rips, tears, punctures, missing tiles or shingles and any other anomalies. If you have asphalt shingles check for bald or balding tiles, tiles that don’t have any rock aggregate on their surface. Any of these signs of damage need to be fixed very quickly or you run the risk of the damage growing.
Remove any debris like branches that may have accumulated on the roof during the storm.
Check your attic space for any potential leaks, do a visual inspection with the lights out to see if you can see daylight where it shouldn’t be, then scan with a flashlight. Note if you can smell mold or mildew in the space.
After a particularly heavy storm is also helps to check your gutters. Make sure they are free of obstructions and clogs, which are more frequent where sections join and drainage holes are present. Backed up gutters can cause gutters to overflow or hold onto water which can lead to water damage and rot on your eaves, fascia and soffit.
If you’re ever unsure about anything, don’t risk it. Call your local roofing contractor for an inspection so they can diagnose if there are any problems.