Four Tips For Assessing Roof Damage After A Storm

When a big storm blows through, it can often wreak havoc on residential roofs. Aging roofs are the most susceptible, but even younger roofs can fall prey to high winds, hail, and wind-driven rain. That's why, after any storm, it's important to look over your roof for signs of damage. Here are some tips to ensure you tackle this task properly.

1. Look on the ground first.

Before you even climb up on a ladder to look at the roof, take a look at the ground. Do you see any shingles, pieces of flashing, or segments of gutters lying around? If they do not look like your own, you may want to peer around at your neighbors' homes and see who they belong to. Take them back; your neighbors will be grateful. If you do notice pieces from your own home, then you know what to focus on when examining the roof yourself. 

2. Don't just focus on the shingles.

While it is important to examine your roof for missing shingles, this is not the only type of damage you're looking for after a storm. Also pay close attention to the flashing, which is the metal that wraps around chimneys, vent pipes, and similar items. It often becomes loose during a storm, which can cause leaks and water damage. Look at the exhaust pipes, gutters, and soffit vents for signs of damage, too.

3. Check for sagging.

Briefly look across the roof to make sure you don't see any sagging sections. Sagging can occur after something heavy, like a tree branch, gets blown onto the roof and cracks the underlayment. If you do spot sagging, find somewhere else to stay until a roofing contractor, like Select Exteriors, is able to make repairs. Sagging roofs are at a high risk of collapsing, and you're better off safe than sorry.

If there are tree branches still on your roof, be extra vigilant in checking for sagging. If the presence of the branches makes it hard for you to see whether or not the roof is sagging, play it safe and stay somewhere else.

4. Look in the attic, too.

Sometimes shingles can get peeled up slightly without being entirely pulled off of the roof. This can be hard to spot from the outside -- but it does lead to leaks. So take a minute to venture up into your attic. If you notice any moisture or drops of water, you know it's time to call your roofing company.