Every time that you go through a storm, you should always inspect your roof. Take a look at some of the key areas that you should investigate:
Protruding Roof Parts
There are plenty of protruding roof parts that you should fully expect after a heavy storm. Some of these protruding roof parts would include such things as chimneys and skylights. These areas are usually covered with flashing and sealed so that water is not able to leak into the seams. Thus, you should take a close look at the seals and flashing. If they are damaged, it is time to consider calling a professional, because leaks could begin to occur here. These areas of your roof protrusions should be the first that you inspect after a storm because they are some of the weakest areas on your roof.
Of course, the first place you should look for evidence of storm damage would be your exterior shingles. After all, it is important to remember that your home’s first line of defense against storms and the other elements. When inspecting your shingles, take a look at them for granule loss and cracks, curling, and especially missing shingles.
However, the one thing you should never do is set foot on your roof; leave that to the seasoned professionals. Instead, the best way to inspect your roof is with some high-powered binoculars.
Another essential component of your roof to check for storm damage would have to be your roof vents. Of course, there will be many people who will say that storm damage to your fascia, soffit, and other areas of your roof vent are merely superficial. However, once you notice that your roof vents have begun warping or decaying, you are going to notice that you now no longer have fresh air in your house, but air that is extremely compromised as well. That is not a good thing if you have loved ones with a breathing or lung condition. If you have a poorly ventilated home, it can cause a whole host of other problems as well.
Finally, you should take a look at your roof’s gutters. They are responsible for diverting water away from your home during heavy downpours. If you have gutters that are clogged or poorly installed, it could cause your water to become backed up under the shingles and congregate in areas where water should not be, such as in attic insulation or the wooden roof deck. Clogged gutters can often be weighed down with leaves, and that can lead to the entire system detaching from your roof.
Again, if you notice any of these red flags, have a qualified roofing professional get a closer look. Again, just make sure that you use binoculars to inspect your roof yourself.