Protecting Your Roof After A Summer Storm: How To Inspect Your Property

Posted on: 4 August 2015

You probably don't inspect your property after every summer storm that hits your house, but after significant weather events with high winds, driving rain and floods, it's a good idea to inspect your attic, roof and the surrounding area for signs of damage and new hazards. Knowing what to look for can prevent further damage and help you catch minor issues before they become big problems. 

Shingle Condition

Walk around your property, checking the ground around your house for shingles that came off during the storm. Shingles that are in good shape, properly installed and appropriate for the roof shouldn't blow off. If your shingles are coming during storms, this is an indication that either the shingles were not nailed in place properly, the adhesive holding the shingles to the house is now failing or the shingles themselves no longer have the proper wind rating for the location. Whatever the reason, shingles should not blow off your house, and if they do, this is a good reason to have your home inspected by a qualified roofer. 

Debris

Debris on the roof of your house doesn't have to be a big problem as long as there's no structural damage and the debris is removed in a timely fashion. Wet leaves and light branches can trap moisture, resulting in wood rot and roof leaks. Look for debris on the roof of your house and have it removed right away. 

New Dangers

As you walk around your house looking for shingles and debris, scan the nearby trees--especially trees that have branches hanging over the roof of your house. During severe storms, trees can sustain damage that will make them a hazard to your roof in the future. Look for large, broken branches still hanging from the crowns of the trees. Check to see if any of your trees have begun to lean more than they used to. Identifying these dangers now can prevent damage to your roof during the next severe storm.

Water Damage

Go into your attic shortly after the storm ends and look for water damaged beams and sheathing. If you find water damage, feel it with your hand to check for moisture. If the damage feels dry, it's probably old. If the damaged area feels damp, then you have an active leak and will need to contact roofing companies in your area for quotes and repair.  

For more information about roof inspections and repair, contact a professional roofing company, like American Roofing & Repair Co Division of Combined Roofing Services LLC.

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