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How to Assess Roofing Damage from a Storm

by Posted on August 28, 2021

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Thunderstorms, hail storms, snowstorms, torrential rainstorms, heavy winds, and tornadoes — no matter the type of storm, these will all leave a trail of destruction wherever they hit, especially on the roof of a house.

Once a storm has passed, it’s a good idea to check over the roof to make sure it is undamaged and ready for the next storm, so that it can continue to protect your home effectively. There are a few ways you can assess if you have any roofing damage after a storm.

Checking for Roofing Damage from the Ground

Take a walk outside of the house and have a look up to the roof from the ground. While some damage may not be visible from the ground, you can often see larger damage such as missing tiles or damaged fascia. Make sure to take a look around the ground as well for signs of any tiles that may have blown to the ground. Take a look at the guttering — is it still all attached properly? Any bends or buckles? Is it blocked up at all?

Checking for Damages from the Inside

Less obvious damage to the roof can cause leaks into your attic. A leak in the attic is the last thing anybody needs because if left untreated, it can cause very expensive damage to both the exterior and interior of your home.

When looking for roofing damage on the inside, look for any signs of a leak. If you have cardboard boxes in your attic, take a look at the top of them to see if they have any signs of having had water on them recently. If you can see any daylight at all through the roof, it is a hole and needs to be fixed immediately.

Calling a Professional Roofing Contractor for Help

Storm damage and water damage can weaken a roof, making repairing it difficult. You can easily slip off a roof, or through it, when it is damaged. It is advised that, unless you are very confident and know what you are doing, a roofing specialist looks at the roof and assesses damage to make repairs.

So that there are no nasty surprises after the next storm, once your roof is assessed and fixed, ensure that you keep on top of your roof maintenance. When the next storm comes, you will be in tip-top condition and ready for whatever the storm brings.