Spotting Roof Damage after a Storm
Roof damage can be highly costly to repair. Heavy storms, whether rainy or windy, end up affecting trees, signage, and electricity wiring too. These structures could fall on your roof and add to the destruction.
Storm roof damage is one of the biggest nightmares for a homeowner.
However, what may have happened isn’t always obvious. Finding roof damage is very difficult unless it is in the form of a huge hole. For instance, roof leaks are a problem only specialized workers can deal with. That’s because they must determine the exact point of leakage, which requires a lot of skill.
So, we thought we’d help you out by giving some tips on spotting roof damage. They are as follows:
Examination of roof parts from outside:
You should check your roof under normal conditions too. However, you really need to give them a lookover after a massive storm to check for any signs of storm roof damage. Here’s how you can do it:
- First are the shingles. These form a waterproof layer on your house roof to prevent any type of ceiling leaks. Shingles can tear up due to storm, their edges may get distorted, or you may find shingles missing from your roof. All these are signs of storm damage.
- The next part you should check are the flashings. These are pieces of metals found under the shingles. Their purpose is to prevent any damage to the chimney. That’s because they stop the water from flowing to the bottom of the chimney while also restricting its entry of water through the joints. Any damage to flashing is easily caught because it will be visible as cracks.
- Coming towards the gutters, we are all well-aware of their function. Their job involves the removal of water from the roof and making the rainwater flow downward. After a storm, check the gutters for any blockage that may form because of mud, wind-brought debris, or any broken branches of a nearby tree stuffed in them.
- Similar to the gutters, another part that needs to undergo checking for blockage after a massive storm would be the chimney. Rainwater can affect the joints of the chimneys, which you’ll easily spot due to the puddles.
- Roofing blocks of cement are important to the integrity of the structure. If you see any crumbling of cement, you’re seeing a sign of roof damage.
- Drip edge makes the water slide down the roof. Any nearby tree or a massive storm can cause damage to the drip edge by falling against it. This damage may present itself as cracks or tears.
- Storms can damage vents too. If they develop a blockage, it would need cleaning.
- The fascia of the roof needs checking for any signs of decay. If excess water is visible on the fascia due to faulty drip edges, there is a substantial risk of water leakage.
This includes looking for any part of your roof looking discolored while standing inside your house. If you notice any cracks, brown or yellow markings, or breaks in any part of the ceiling, you need roof maintenance.
All these signs are the results of roof damage, most likely from a massive storm. Look for:
- Most important in the indoor inspection is a reconnaissance of the attic. You need to look for any faults in insulation, any water leakage, or the reduction of sunlight streaming in.
- The next step is checking the windows for shattered glass or peeled paint stains.
- Now, the ceiling. You must look at the entire ceiling. If you spot any discoloration, it can be because of paint peeling or due to microbial concentration. Finally, see if you can find any visible cracks.
- Water leakage from any part of the roof can be a big problem, so check for it.
Even if you take a detailed look at your roof daily, you aren’t trained to spot the tiniest differences. These changes can usher in bigger problems later on. In short, you still need expert advice, because spotting roof damage is not so easy until those substantial changes have occurred. Roof leakage is especially problematic because the entry and exit points of the leaking water are not the same. Missing these changes can lead to a very costly repair process in Frederick, MD.
All the above-mentioned points will help you to spot any damage to your roof. Storm damage is something you should not neglect. A healthy roof is essential a happy life.
Moreover, no one wants to spend their savings on something that they can avoid. Just as the old adage about prevention being better than cure says, we recommend that a timely and proper routine inspection is better than paying later for costly repairs. So, contact us now and get that detailed inspection over with.