After a large storm or hurricane, roof repair is the first thing on most homeowners’ minds. Here’s how to inspect a roof for damage after it has sustained inclement weather.
Clear Off Debris
Leaving debris on top of the building for long periods of time may result in even more damage, which is why it is important to rely on professionals to assess the condition of the roof and clear away debris. This is because debris such as branches, leaves, and broken roofing materials can develop mildew, mold, and rot over time. Additionally, debris can hide more serious problems such as missing shingles that need repair or holes in a roof that could lead to more damage down the road.
Look for Popped Nails
During a storm, pressure applied to the roof can bring nails up to the surface, even if the roof is metal. Before addressing any further damage, inspect the roof, home, yard, and driveway for any nails that could pose a danger to children and loved ones. This will also make further roof repair less dangerous.
Check for Leaks and Water Damage
After a storm, keep an eye out for signs of leaks. An easy way to do so is to pay careful attention to indoor light fixtures. If they are flashing or otherwise visibly damaged, it could be a sign that water is pooling through fans or ceiling fixtures. This could result in hazards such as electrical fires, electrocution, mold and rot, or even the ceiling caving in entirely, so notify a professional quickly. Using a flashlight, examine any water stains on the roof, walls, or ceilings as well. If possible, run an industrial dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels in the home that could cause mold, mildew, or infestation of pests who are attracted to rotting wood.
Inspect the Attic
As the home’s first defense against rain and inclement weather, it’s important to check the attic for any signs of damage or debris. Wet spots, potential leaks, or other damage can quickly escalate into costly or dangerous issues. Even small leaks can lead to mildew or mold, which could result in health risks.
Any signs of roof damage should be addressed quickly and investigated by a roofing expert. For more information about services from ANC Roofing Inc. or our financing , call us at 407-654-4500 for a free estimate today!