Your roof is one of your home’s major protections against extreme conditions. However, not all kinds of roofing problems are obvious until they have caused significant damage. Getting regular inspections and one after a storm can help delay the need for a roof replacement.
While waiting for your roofing contractor to check your system after a weather event, here are steps you should take.
Safety Is Always a Priority
Make sure that the weather is clear before you head outside to check your home for damage. If you notice fallen power lines, electrical hazards or flooding, stay away from the area and call emergency services as soon as possible. Also, look for fallen trees or large debris and loose or broken shingles.
What to Look For
1. Wind Damage
Heavy winds can knock over trees, break windows and harm roofs. Once shingles fall off, the underlayment will be left exposed to water, leaving your home vulnerable to damage. Following a windstorm, the outside of your house for cracked, curling and missing shingles. See if the flashing, gutters, and other roof penetrations also sustained damage. If you see damage on your exterior vinyl siding or roof, immediately contact your contractor.
2. Water Damage
It can take some time before the signs of water damage become obvious. When not addressed immediately, water damage and leaks can result in mold, which can compromise your home’s structure and foundation. In your gutters, check for clogs and water buildup. Inside your home, look for water stains and spots on the ceilings and walls. It would also help to inspect your attic and basement for mold, rot and leaks.
3. Hail Damage
You’ll be able to hear hail stones hitting your roof and windows and notice ice pellets on the ground. Hail damage is usually easy to spot as it can cause dents to your siding and cracks on windows. Look for exposed areas on your roof as well as damaged shingles. Check if the gutters and downspouts have a significant amount of asphalt granules. Hail can also damage flashing and downspouts.
Turn to Independent Construction Services for your storm damage repair needs. We’re also here to help if you need an exterior painting service. Call us (828)-808-8482 or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve clients in Ashville, NC.