Storm damage can result from anything from billowing winds to torrential rain. The damage it can do to your home is significant and the roof takes the brunt of the damage. It’s important to check the structure for signs of damage, but actually doing so requires some strategy.
Northwest Construction, your local roofing contractor, shares three ways to safely inspect your roof after a storm.
Check for Damaged Flashings
These thin metal or asphalt strips protect the most vulnerable parts of the roof, such as the chimneys and joints, from water and physical damage. These flashings are among the first things to get damaged by a storm, and while it’s rare for them to get torn off completely, a storm can bend or detach them.
Apart from damaged flashings, the roof will require immediate roof repair if the shingles show signs of cracking or curling, or if there are dark spots where the roofing granules used to be.
The attic is a good starting point to begin your post-storm inspection. Starting here also shows you how damage to the roof can and will extend to other parts of your home.
Warning signs to check in this part of your home include visible leaks. These are easy to spot just after the storm as they are still leaking, but you can also tell by the sunlight entering the attic. Watch out for dark stains and streaks and areas of the roof that seem to be sagging. These are all warning signs that the roof has sustained considerable water damage and is now affecting the wooden structures of the roof.
Hire an Experienced Roofer
For a more in-depth inspection, it’s better to call an experienced roofer like us. The roof is an inherently dangerous place to be, and it’s even more dangerous after a storm when the structure is severely weakened.
Our team is equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment to safely inspect your storm-damaged roof and perform much-needed repair on it too. When you work with us, we’ll even assist you through the difficult insurance process so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Northwest Construction offers complete roofing services. We also install and replace gutters. Give us a call at (313) 277-7676 for more information on our services. We are a local roofing contractor in West Bloomfield, Taylor and Dearborn, MI.