If you live in the United States, you know how destructive storms can be to your home’s exterior surfaces. As a homeowner, we understand the importance of identifying roof damage and taking the necessary steps to restore your roof after a storm. Here are some tips on what to do after a major storm to ensure your roof stays in top shape.
Types of Roof Storm Damage
High winds, hail, standing water, and debris are the most common types of roof storm damage. Hurricane-force winds or gale-force winds can remove or tear shingles, leaving the underlayment, roof deck, or waterproofing material exposed to the elements. Hailstones can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles and knock shingle granules loose, which can cause problems in protecting your roof against rain and sun damage. Roofs without proper drainage can experience problems with standing water after big rainstorms, potentially allowing moisture to penetrate the underlayment or roof deck. Debris can end up on the top of your roof, leaving that area of the roof vulnerable to moisture intrusion.
Schedule and Conduct a Roof Inspection
Always prioritize safety. Contact a trusted, professional roofing contractor to schedule an inspection and help you with damage assessment. Many contractors offer free inspections and will know how to safely look for roof damage.
Visually assess your roof by walking around the perimeter of your house and taking note of any visible storm damage. Keep a list of notes and/or take pictures, which can potentially be helpful later for insurance purposes. Any visible signs of storm damage should be documented, such as dented, torn, curled, or missing shingles.
Gutters, Vents, and Windows
Check for dents on your home’s gutters and roofing accessories, such as gable vents and other overhangs. Windows should be inspected for cracks, broken glass, loose weather-stripping, and torn screens.
Walk around your home’s exterior and look for fallen tree limbs, missing fence posts, or damage to lawn furniture and other decorations. Flat surfaces, such as patios and decks, can be checked for hail damage.
Attic and Ceilings
Observe these areas for leaks and water spots. While your home’s roof might appear undamaged on the exterior, wind and hail can cause unseen leaks that may lead to bigger problems later. Ceilings, light fixtures, and your attic should all be inspected for water leaks and spots. Use a flashlight to see in dark areas.
Hire a Dependable, Trusted Roofing Contractor
At Tron Restoration, we understand how important it is to work with a contractor you can trust. That’s why we make sure all of our contractors are dependable and trusted professionals who have experience in handling roof storm damage. Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection and get your roof back to its best shape.