How to Inspect Your Roof Following a Major Storm
Post-Storm Roof Inspections
The unpredictability of mother nature can lead to many problems, including significant damage to your home. This is why it is important to inspect your roof following all major storms and ensure all damages are taken care of before they get worse.
Conduct a Ground-Level Inspection
From the ground, look up at your roof to see if there’s anything you notice right away. Did the soffit and fascia blow off? Are you missing any shingles? Are there shingle granules down around the perimeter of your house, or even entire shingles? Any of these issues are signs of roof damage and should be repaired by a professional.
Conduct a Close-Up Inspection
For safety reasons, you may want to leave this to the professionals. However, if you feel comfortable climbing up to your roof, conduct a close-up inspection. You’re looking for more missing shingles and other materials that may have blown off, but you’re also looking for smaller bits of damage. Hail is going to leave small dents on your roof. Severe wind could knock the shingles loose, though they may look like they’re still intact. Standing water can penetrate the roof deck. All of these issues will need to be taken care of quickly.
Conduct an Attic Inspection
Sometimes you can’t see any damage on the roof, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Take a look in your attic to see if there are any leaks. You might notice water dripping straight from the ceiling or streams running down the walls. If your attic is insulated, check to see if it is wet or dry.