Common Roof Damage to Look for After a Hurricane
A hurricane has come through and hit your home. Now that the storm is over it’s time to look for potential damage to your home, especially the roof. Strong winds and heavy rain can cause serious issues and damage on a roof and you want to make sure it can be documented and fixed as quickly as possible so you can get your home back in working order.
Let’s talk about some of the most common damage done to a roof during a hurricane and what to look for when identifying that damage. Make sure to always have a professional check on top of your roof and in any high up spaces to avoid causing injury to yourself. It’s good to make note of the damages yourself and then let a professional scope it out for an estimate or insurance claim.
You will want to look for damaged, dented, torn or missing shingles. The shingles are an easy way to tell if wind, rain or debris has damaged your roof, but not a fool proof way. Regardless of if the singles are damaged or not, it’s a good idea to keep looking a little further to see what else might be damaged.
Damaged Flashing and Sealant
Flashing is the thin material that roofers use to direct water away from critical areas of your room. After a storm you will want to Inspect the flashing on your home for damage or missing pieces. You will want to check around skylights, vents and your chimney. Along those same spots, you will want to check for loose or missing sealant. Damage to the sealant could let water into your home causing even more damage.
Damage from Debris
If a tree, large tree branch or other large piece of debris lands on your roof, you’ll probably know right away. However, it’s good to look for damage caused by the debris and be careful of any damage that could occur during the removal of said debris.
Check for Leaks
You will want to check your home for leaks that could be letting water in. The last thing you want is rot or water damage to your home after a storm. Check places like the attic and along the ceiling in all top floor rooms. You will want to address any leaks or water damage right away as they may cause more damage to the structural integrity of the home.