After a storm has passed, there may be damage to your home that needs to be repaired. This damage may be visible on the exterior, but there are also areas like the roof where you may want to look for problems that are harder to see. The following tips will help you with inspecting your roof after a storm to determine if repairs or replacement are going to be needed.
1. Look for Signs of Water Getting in and Leaks after the Storm Has Past
Before you get started inspected other areas of your roof, look for signs of leaks inside and outside. Inside your home, look for areas where water is getting in or where there are watermarks on finishes that are showing up. These are signs that there are leaks in these areas. Additionally, you will also want to check the exterior in areas like where you have soffits on the eaves.
2. Obvious Damage to Gutters and Other Materials Near Your Roof
There are also obvious signs of damage to gutters and other materials that can be a sign of serious storm damage. If gutters have been torn off your home or are coming loose, they will need to be repaired and you will want to take a closer look at your roof. Additionally, check things like flashing, attic vents, and the boots around mechanical penetrations.
3. Missing, Torn, and Wind Damaged Shingles That Need to Be Replaced
On your roof, there are many signs of damage that you will want to look for. The most obvious sign of damage is missing shingles that have blown off in high winds. The shingles may also be torn or have other wind damage that needs to be repaired to prevent leaks and serious damage inside of your home.
4. Hail Damage and Spotting the Signs That Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced
One of the worst problems with roofing after storms is hail damage. This is often because this damage is not always visible from the ground. If there was hail with the storms that recently moved through your area, you will need to inspect the roof closer to see if the roofing materials need to be replaced to prevent leaks and more damage to your home.
These are some tips to help with inspecting your roof after a storm to determine whether repairs or replacement are going to be needed. If your roof has been damaged in recent storms, contact a roof contractor that has experience with storm damage roofing.