How to Assess Your Own Roof Damage Before Calling the Pros

Feb 26, 2019 | Roof Repair

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Over the last 35-plus years, the US has experienced 219 extreme weather events where damages reached at least $1 billion. Both of those numbers are only climbing higher.

In fact, it’s estimated that the US has suffered over $25 billion in storm damages in just one year. After a big storm, your roof could be part of that colossal number.

When a tornado, hurricane, or even an extreme thunderstorm goes through your area, it’s imperative to assess your roof damage. Here’s what to look for so you can make the decision to tackle it yourself or call in the pros.

Damaged Pipe Collars

Pipe collars are used to create a seal around any vents you have on your roof. They’re made of sturdy EPDM rubber and can usually last a long time.

A storm can crack them and damage your pipe vents and allow water to leak into your home.

If it’s only a small leak, you might be able to use caulk as a temporary solution. If there’s a significant crack, you have to call in a pro immediately.

Caulks with Cracks

Speaking of caulking, your shingles are held onto your roof with this durable construction material. Strong winds and hail can cause cracks to form in your caulk.

Once the caulk is weakened, when a second strong storm blows through, your shingles can go with it. Always check your caulk after any strong weather event.

Broken Shingles

Storms can wear down and peel up your shingles over time. Hailstones, though, can take out a lot of them in a short amount of time.

One or two missing shingles can be an easy, quick fix. If there are large sections of roof shingle damage, you need to call a professional right away.

Peeling Paint

Metal roofs are painted with a material that helps minimize UV ray damage and keep your home dry. When storms come through, they can cause this material to peel.

While this might seem like an immediate concern, it can cause long-term damage to your home. Plus it will cost you extra money in the long run.

Storm-damaged roof protective paint allows moisture to collect and cause structural damage. Also, your insulation will be compromised so your A/C and heating bills will be higher.

Mold and More

Your roofing membrane keeps the elements from damaging your home. When it’s been compromised by a severe storm, you might not see the damage right away.

Roof storm damage to your membrane allows water to collect. Within those pockets of water, fungus, algae, and mold can grow.

Those small invaders can continue damaging shingles. Plus they can make you and your family sick.

Even if your roof looks like it’s fine, always double check. Prevention is better than expensive repairs.

Take Roof Damage Seriously

Roof damage can occur in the blink of an eye. It can also be subtle and sneaky, taking years to appear.

Now you know what to look for when a severe weather event blows through your area. Contact us today and we’ll help protect your home and your family.

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