As soon as the storm clouds roll out and sun starts shining, homeowners might forget about the importance of exterior inspection as they stayed safe inside. While not all storms are the same, it doesn’t hurt to do a quick check if the storm had high winds, hail, or heavy rain. In terms of your roof, damage isn’t always visible from the ground, but you might encounter a number of things that let you know your roof needs some repairs.
Different types of storms will leave different visible damage on your roof. If the storm had high winds, then look for missing shingles, curling shingles, peeling at the edges of the roof, or debris on the roof. Even if the shingles held up well against the wind, debris thrown against it at high velocity can damage the roof similar to hail. If it was hailing, look for cracks in the shingles and dents in the gutters. Since hail damage will often be more localized to where it impacted the roof, it’s harder to see the damage from the ground. This is why it’s so important to get an inspection done by a professional who can safely get on your roof.
Since an attic or a good amount of insulation is typically between the roof’s shingles and the home’s occupants, water damage may not be obvious at first. If a hole in the roof is big enough and there is heavy rain, then you might see moisture stains or a leaking roof. The longer you let it go on, the weaker the integrity of your roof becomes. It is important to get roof inspections and to also check out your own attic once in a while in case of leaks.
If you notice discoloration before a storm such as, dark streaks, or decay on your roof, then it’s probably time for a roof replacement. Those are signs of age and nature wear, which means the shingles will not hold up against damaging storms as well.
Even if you suspect only a small amount of damage, it doesn’t hurt to have a roofing expert come out for an inspection. Our experts at Timberline Roofing will do a thorough review, at no cost to the homeowner, and let you know if any repairs are recommended. Give us a call if you had a severe storm go through your area recently.