Severe weather season is ramping up here in the Tampa metro area, and that means we’re all going to see a lot of high winds, lightning, and hail. That means that there’s a lot of stuff going on that’s in a position to damage your roof.
It’s important to inspect your roof after any major storm, or to have an inspection done for you. First, you’ll need to gather evidence if you want insurance to fix it. If you wait too long after the storm they’re simply going to deny your claim. Second, if there is a problem then inspecting (and fixing) your roof right now could prevent truly expensive damage later. After all, a few missing shingles or some damaged flashing could mean serious leaks later, leaks that could damage your walls, ceiling, carpets, and furniture.
Here’s what you need to look for if you’re doing the inspection yourself.
Look for missing shingles. You’ll typically see more missing shingles on an asphalt roof, but even a tile roof can lose a shingle or two after a really heavy storm.
Look for shingles that are lifting or curling. You’ll only see these if you have an asphalt roof. A curling shingle is a shingle that’s ready to let a leak through, so don’t ignore this problem.
Was there hail? If you have an asphalt roof you need to look for dents and pockmarks. If you have a tile roof, then look for cracks, especially if the hail was large.
Look for debris. You’ll want to get any fallen branches off your roof as quickly as possible. Remember, debris can slip and slide around up there, put extra weight on your roof, and generally cause all sorts of damage.
Look for granules in your gutters. You won’t see granules if you have a tile roof. If you have an asphalt roof, however, this is a sign that you’ve got big trouble. It means that your shingles have eroded too much to do their job properly.
Look for damage to flashing. Flashing can become dented or can be loosened by storms. Remember that most roof leaks are actually flashing leaks, so you’ll want to address this situation right away.
Don’t want to get up on the roof yourself? You don’t have to. In fact, it’s safer if you don’t. Just call Done Rite Roofing for your free roof inspection today.