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!?
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!
Most Common Types of Storm Damage
- High-Speed Winds: High-speed winds can easily rip off shingles that aren’t securely in place, and even cause some damage to siding that hasn’t been maintained over the years. With winds reaching the 80 mph and higher range, even properly installed shingles and siding can begin to bend, crack, and rip off.
- Hail Damage: Large pieces of hail can crack roofing shingles and siding, and even dent the structure of the roof. Luckily, hail storms aren’t as common in the Northeast.
- Water Damage: One damaged or missing shingle can expose the rest of the roof to rainfall and snow, which will lead to mold and eventual rotted wood. You should also make sure your gutter system is in working condition, as a faulty one can increase your chances of developing roof leaks.
- Falling Debris: During the worst storms (again, usually ones paired with high-speed winds), debris can start flying! Trees can fall and things in the area can become airborne. It’s possible that something can crash into your home, damaging whatever it comes into contact with.
Remove All the Debris
After a disastrous storm hits, it’s vital to start the cleanup and repair process right away. The longer time you allow the debris, leaves, and other material to remain on the roof or strewn about the property, the higher the chances are of more damage taking place.
At Preferred Exterior, we can help get you back on track. We are a full service commercial, industrial and residential roofing company, with a solid reputation of getting the job done right the first time. We have built a solid reputation of performing high quality roofing and exterior work at very competitive prices, serving Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, New York and the Tri-State area for over 50 years.