Looking for signs of damage on your roof after a hurricane is crucial. You want to find and fix damage as soon as possible since the roof has to be in stellar shape and free of any extensive cracking, leaks and uplift in order to properly protect your home and its occupants on the next serious weather event. Here is a checklist from a residential roofing contractor to help you assess your roof right after the storm has passed.
How to Inspect Your Roof After a Hurricane
It is possible to get a slight idea of how much damage your roof has sustained after a tropical storm or a hurricane by simply inspecting the roof from the ground. Make sure to stand back far enough to see it. A pair of binoculars is helpful at this point. If you have a large and stable enough ladder from your garage and are confident that you can safely climb it, then you may do so. Lean it against the eaves and check the roof from it to help you identify problematic areas on your roof. Avoid getting on the roof in case there are loose shingles or other damage that could cause you to stumble.
How to Inspect Roof Shingles
First, look for missing shingles since they are easier to spot. Check if the lower section of your roof is blown upward. Shingles that are sticking up or curled may be cracked and need roof maintenance. You also want to look for tree branches and other debris blown against the roof as they may have penetrated certain areas of your roofing material.
How to Spot Leaks in Flashing
High winds may cause your flashing to be lifted or displaced. This pulls the material from the wall, allowing rainwater to seep through and reach the roof deck or attic. Leaks are bound to cause damage, such as mold growth and rot, so it is preferable to replace the torn flashing rather than caulk a gap.
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