What To Look for After a Storm
Windy storms or storms with very heavy precipitation can cause roofing problems, especially for older rooftops that may struggle to resist the elements. It’s important for building owners to understand how storms can affect their rooftops and what signs of damage to look for after a storm.
Inspecting a roof and calling in repairs should be a priority when a storm is over because this kind of roof damage can quickly lead to expanding leaks if left alone. Here’s what to look for:
Debris That’s Been Blown Onto the Roof
Take a look at your roof and your property. If there is a lot of debris – tree limbs and trash, usually – that’s a sign the roof may have been damaged. The heavier the debris, the greater the chances your roof suffered problems. You’d be surprised what a branch flying through the air can do when it hits a roof during a storm! Punctures and dents may have occurred, which will quickly turn into serious leaks in the future.
Shingle Blow Off
A “blow-off” occurs when the wind is strong enough to rip shingle off a roof and blow them away (or at least part of them). This tends to occur more with shingles that are old and worn or improperly installed.
The good news about blow-off is that it’s pretty easy to see – your roof will be missing shingles or bits of shingles after the storm. However, it’s important to call in a repair visit ASAP because this is an easy opening for moisture to spread during the next rainstorm and cause widespread damage to the underlayment of your roof.
Standing water refers to water that creates little ponds and puddles on the roof and stays there for a couple of days afterward until it evaporates. This happens on low slope rooftops that have installation problems or debris on them. Standing water is a big issue because it causes significant deterioration to the materials beneath and eventually leads to bad leaks, as well as encouraging algae and moss growth on the roof. If you see water ponding like this, it’s time to call an expert and see what the cause is.
Shingle and Flashing Damage
Shingles and flashing (the metal strips binding and protecting the edges of the roof) are vulnerable to particularly strong storms. Heavy rains wear down the granules on shingles, which leads to lower efficiency and eventually ruins the shingle. Hail can even dent shingles or damage flashing, which can create a variety of long-term problems.
The deck is the foundation of the roof where other materials are attached. It’s not as easily damaged in a storm, but heavy winds may still cause issues. Deck damage is often indicated by sections of the roof ripped entirely apart or sagging that hints at serious structural damage. This may be more likely on rooftops that already have leaking issues.
If you live in an area where storms can get nasty, always be prepared to do your own inspection after the storm is over – there are a number of scams to trick homeowners into paying for roof repairs they don’t need from storm damage that doesn’t exist. If you need a second opinion, always go to a trusted local roofing contractor that’s licensed and experienced. You can schedule your inspection with Rosie’s Roofing and Restoration whenever you need to!