Roof Storm Damage Checklist

Pretty much every season of the year brings storms, from spring rains through winter snow and ice.  After the storm is over, it is a good idea to take a look outside for any damage.  That includes a look at your roof.  Here is a basic list of what you should be aware of and how to know if there is a problem.

  • Look at chimneys, skylights, or any other part of the roof that sticks out.  Most are covered with flashing and seals around seams to prevent leaks.  If the flashing is damaged, is asking for water to seep in.
  • Using binoculars and keeping your feet firmly on the ground, look at the shingles. You should be checking for any curls or cracking.  If some are missing, you will have a more serious problem.  Check the ground and around the downspouts for excessive granule loss.
  • Soffits and fascia are part of the home ventilation system that exchanges air in the attic with outside air.  If the vents are warped or damaged in any way, it can affect their ability to draw air, which could lead to more problems.
  • The guttering moves rainwater or melting snow and ice from the house.  Storms deposit leaves, twigs, and other debris that can cause clogs and backups.  If not cleaned, the water will back up under the roof and develop into serious leaks.  Equally serious is if the guttering is pulling away from the house.
  • Attic and Ceilings. Use a flashlight in the attic to look for any signs of water seepage or damage.  Check interior ceilings for the same.

There are a number of elements to a storm, any of which could cause damage.  These include:

  • Strong winds, or even unusually strong gusts, can tear off shingles or lift them up exposing the underlayment to the weather.
  • Although they are short-lived, hail storms can inflict a lot of damage-causing dents in the shingles or knocking the granules loose.
  • If gutters are consistently clogged, the water will have nowhere to go but under the shingles, damaging the underlayment and into your home.
  • Winds that accompany storms can move lots of things around.  These include branches and limbs as well as toys left in the yard or even potted plants.  Impacting the roof can leave surface dents that will allow moisture in and will only deteriorate further.

If you have concerns, the best way to know for sure is to have a roofing inspection.  They are able to climb up to the peaks and thoroughly look everything over.  If there is damage, they can temporarily fix the issue and then schedule a full repair.

If you are looking for a good, honest roofer, contact us at Vanity Roofing.  We have the credentials and are certified to inspect and repair roofs in your area.  One of our representatives will be happy to speak with you about concerns and to schedule an appointment for you.

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