STORM DAMAGE: Two words most homeowners don’t want to hear when talking about their roof. This phrase can strike fear in the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced significant and costly damage that required extensive repairs or even roof replacement. The key to minimizing damage – as much as possible – is to know how to inspect for problems right after the storm so you can hire a roofing or restoration company to get the repairs done as quickly as possible. These tips from the pros are a great place to start.
Complete a Thorough Inspection
Perhaps the most critical thing you can do after a storm hits—whether it’s high winds, tornado, heavy rains, or hail—is to take a close look at the roof. Be sure to wait until it’s safe to inspect, and don’t get up on the roof unless you have proper safety equipment to prevent falls. Homeowners with little or no experience in roofing might not know what to look for, and in those cases it’s often better to hire a roofing contractor to perform the inspection for you. RESTOR is proud to offer fast, FREE roof inspections, so save yourself the hassle and danger by calling us today at 317-644-0099.
Look for Shingle Damage
Roof damage can come in many forms, but often the damage that results from a storm will be pretty visible on the shingles. Look for damage that could include:
- Missing shingles or sections of shingles after high winds
- “Bruised” shingles from hail
- Cracks or bubbling surfaces on the shingles that might indicate water damage underneath
Inspect Both Sides of the Roof
The top of your roofing only tells half the story—to truly get a picture of what’s happening on the roof you will need to check both the top and bottom. That probably means getting up in your attic to inspect the under side of the roofing, where you can check for signs of water leaks; the most obvious are water streaks on the rafters, mold and mildew growth, excessive humidity or condensation, rusted metal or nails, and wet insulation. If it’s a sunny day you might also notice small holes where light is shining through.
If you see any of these signs of a problem, call RESTOR right away to provide an professional inspection, help you make repairs, and be better prepared for the next storm.