Do you live in an area where severe storms are a common occurrence? If so, you need to check your roof carefully after each storm to ensure that it has not been damaged. The following article provides some key information for homeowners whose roofs are vulnerable to storms.
The first step is to perform a visual inspection of the roof itself. Look for any missing or damaged shingles that have been blown off, torn, or cracked by the high winds produced by the storm. Also, at the same time, check for any shingles that have been buckled or are curled up. Any missing or damaged shingles will, of course, need to be replaced as soon as it's feasible. In addition to the shingles, inspect the flashing, the metal strips that are fasted around roof features such as chimneys and vents, to make sure that all of it remains in place and is fastened securely to the roof. Do not allow missing, damaged or loose flashing to go unrepaired. Water will enter your home through these unprotected areas and could cause significant harm to the structure of your house. Inspect your gutters, as well. Make certain that they are nor clogged with debris from the storm, as this could allow water to back up onto your roof and create problems. If you go up onto your roof to perform an inspection, take all safety precautions, including wearing a safety harness. If you do not feel comfortable going onto the roof, use a pair of binoculars to check things out, or better yet, call a roofing contractor and let them do the job.
Inspect the ground around your house in addition to the roof. Look for shingles that have been blown off or bits of flashing that may have been torn from the roof.
Finally, check your attic or crawl space for any signs of leaks. It's possible that you missed some damage that is allowing rain to enter the home. Look for stains on the attic ceiling with a flashlight. Also, feel the rafters and make sure that they are not damp or wet.
After performing the inspection to determine if there's any significant storm damage to your roof, it's time to focus on making repairs or, if the damage is extensive, installing a new roof. At this point, you will need the expert assistance of a qualified roofing contractor who has experience dealing with storm-damaged roofing.Share
11 July 2019
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