A storm can cause serious damage to your roof, and it’s essential to inspect it once the weather clears. Here’s a step-by-step guide to assess your roof for potential storm damage.
- Safety First:
Never climb onto a damaged roof. From the ground, you can use binoculars to get a better look or take pictures.
- Check for Obvious Damage:
Look for visible signs like missing or torn shingles, broken gutters, or damaged flashing.
- Look for Debris:
Check for fallen tree branches or other debris that may have hit the roof during the storm.
- Inspect Gutters and Downspouts:
Damaged or overflowing gutters can lead to water damage in your home.
- Check the Shingles:
Look for loose granules, which could be in the gutters or around the downspouts, indicating damaged shingles.
- Check for Hail Damage:
Hail can leave dents or bruises on shingles that are not always obvious but can lead to leaks over time.
- Check Flashing and Vents:
Look for any dents or damage to your flashing or vents, as these can allow water into your home.
- Look for Interior Leaks:
Inside your home, check the ceilings and walls for signs of water damage, such as discoloration, dampness, or a musty smell.
- Check the Attic:
Inspect the attic for wet insulation or wood, signs of water entry.
- Check for Signs of Mold or Mildew:
Dark or discolored spots could indicate the presence of mold or mildew, a sign of water damage.
- Check the Roof Decking:
From the attic, check if the roof decking shows any signs of sagging, another indicator of water damage.
- Inspect the Chimney:
Look for damage to the chimney or the sealing around it.
- Look for Internal Light:
In your attic during the day, look for any light seeping in through tiny holes or cracks.
- Record and Document:
Document all potential damages, taking clear photos and making notes for reference.
- Get Professional Help:
Finally, call in a professional for a thorough inspection and to assess the extent of the damage.
Kiwi Roof Masters has a team of professionals ready to help assess and repair any storm damage your roof might have sustained. Contact us today for a detailed and comprehensive roof repair and inspection. Your home’s safety is our priority.