The Ultimate Post-Storm Roof Inspection Checklist

As a homeowner, you should be doing everything in your power to protect your investment. So the day after a harsh storm (rain, snow, hail, wind), you should be looking at the condition of your roof.

Because even the smallest amount of damage that’s left unrepaired could lead to expensive repairs down the road…

Hello… Has anyone ever heard of roof leaks!?

after harsh storms there can be damage that will need immediate attention

Start in the Attic

  • During the day, head up to the attic and keep an eye out for any sunlight peering into this space.
  • If there are no obvious holes in the roof decking, grab a flashlight. Inspect the underneath of the roof for any dark stains, rot, mold, or a portion that’s sagging. Most of these problems are caused by moisture via roof leaks, so if any exist, you’ll need to have your roof repaired.

Visual Inspection of the Roof

  • Walk outside and position yourself to get the best vantage point of each side of your roof.
  • Look for any missing or damaged shingles. If any are missing, cracked, or curled, contact your local roofer to have them replaced.
  • Keep an eye out for any dark patches. These dark spots are usually on asphalt roofs when the shingles lose their granules. Shingles without their granules will offer less protection and will eventually dry out (via the sun) and cause roof leaks.
  • If there’s any debris on the roof, remove it immediately. Debris that rubs up against shingles can cause damage, and even cause granules to become loose and fall from their respected shingles.

Going on the Roof

  • If you have the appropriate ladder, a flat surface to rest it, and the weather is fine, head up to the roof to get a closer look.
  • How does the flashing look? If the metal is bent, missing, or damaged, contact your roofer ASAP. Flashing help keeps water from getting into the crevices of vulnerable areas like the chimney, roof intersections, vents, etc.
  • Put your eyes close to the shingles and see if you can find any elevated roofing nails. Make sure these nails are hammered in properly or replaced altogether because the next storm could rip them out entirely — along with the shingles they’re holding in place.
  • While you’re on the ladder, take a peek at your gutters. If they’re filled with debris, make some time this coming weekend to clean them out. Clogged gutters and rainfall can equate to roof leaks in no time at all!
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