Performing a roof inspection after a storm hits your area is an important part of your roof’s upkeep. You need to locate any damage and have it fixed by your roofer as soon as possible, otherwise your roof may be left vulnerable when the next storm hits. In today’s post, local Wortham Bros shares a quick guide on how to inspect your roof for storm damage.
What You Need
There are a few things you need to prepare to ensure a thorough inspection. Most of it will be done from the ground, so you’ll need a good pair of binoculars and a notebook or something to record your notes on. You may also need a large, stable ladder if you need to take a closer look at parts of your roof. Alternatively, you can take the high-tech route and use a remote-controlled drone with a camera to record your findings. You will also need a flashlight for inspecting your attic.
You may have already heard it from many people too many times, but it bears repeating: you should take every safety precaution when climbing the roof, even if just at the edge. This means you have to have someone assisting you from the ground, and you have to wear safety gear.
What You Should Look For
Keep an eye out for the following during your roofing inspection:
Missing or Damaged Shingles — Shingles are uniformly arranged, so it should be easy to spot pieces that are knocked loose. Watch out for signs of damage, such as horizontal creases that indicate stress caused by high wind, as well as impact damage can be caused by fallen tree branches or other large pieces of debris.
Dislodged or Missing Flashing — Flashing are strips of metal that protect vulnerable parts of the roof, including valleys, penetrations and transitions between roof and wall or dormer. Take note of dislodged or missing flashing, as they will have to be replaced by your roofing contractor.
Signs of Leaks In the Attic — Climb into the attic and inspect the underside of the roof, paying particular attention to signs of water infiltration. Wet components indicate recent leaks, while clumping insulation, water stains and rusty streaks coming from nailheads indicate long-term moisture damage. Once you have your findings, contact your roofing contractor to discuss a repair plan.
Looking for roofing companies that can help you with storm damage? Call Wortham Bros at (972) 562-5788. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Dallas and McKinney, TX, as well as surrounding communities.