As a homeowner, you can do all the right things to maintain your roofing system; roof inspections, repairs, gutter cleanouts, debris cleanup, caulking and still be vulnerable when a severe spring storm hits our area.
Delaware has had its share of sleet or hailstorms, hurricanes and nor’easters. These types of storms can do some real damage to your home’s exterior.
High winds can tear off roofing shingles leaving your roofing system exposed to the elements. Wind will also lift or curl shingles causing a vulnerability to wind-driven rain. Hail damage leaves dents or pockmarks on shingles, dislodging the protective granules.
It is wise after any major storm to walk around the perimeter of your home to assess your roof for storm damage. Check for any obvious signs of damage such as missing, torn, curled or dented shingles. Examine your gutter system and venting system for signs of damage.
Look for signs of possible leaks, such as water spots in your attic and ceilings. Though your roof may appear undamaged from the outside, wind and hail may have caused leaks that can lead to problems later. Inspect the attic thoroughly with a flashlight, check ceilings and light fixtures for signs of leaks.
Be sure to document any damage or issues by taking notes and photographs. This will make it easier if you need to contact your insurance agency to file a claim. Call a licensed roofing contractor to accurately assess and estimate the cost to repair the damage.
If you find no signs of damage, but want to be sure, call a trustworthy roofing contractor to do a thorough up close inspection. It is not recommended for homeowners to climb up on a possibly damaged roof as the structure could be weakened and shingles may be slippery.