Though the warm summer temperatures are fantastic for exciting days at the pool and impromptu barbeques, they also help create the perfect environment for summer storms. Not only do storms put a damper on your summer fun, but they can cause damage to your roof, either from high winds, hail, or both. Here are a few things you should do after a fierce summer storm.
1. Complete a Visual Inspection of Your Roof for Damage
If a summer storm has damaged your roof, it's vital to detect and repair this damage as soon as possible. A visual inspection is a simple task that you can complete on your own to see if the storm has damaged your roof.
Start by scanning your roof for any shingles that appear as if they have dimples; this is an indication that they were damaged by hail. Even seemingly small amounts of hail can produce extensive amounts of damage in a short period. You should also check to see if there is any debris on your roof, like branches and limbs. The impact from this debris can cause damage to your shingles. Check the perimeter of your home for more indications of roof damage. If you see any shingles or metal pieces on the ground, it's likely that they were displaced by the storm.
Should your inspection reveal damage or if you aren't positive if you spot anything out of place, consider calling in a roof repair professional to examine your roof.
2. Take a Trip to Your Attic
Sometimes, a visual inspection may not reveal storm damage. A second area to check is your home's attic; if the shingles are damaged, this can allow water to leak into your home.
Your attic is likely the first spot that you'll be able to locate dripping water or moisture damage. You should also examine the ceilings in your home, just to make sure that moisture hasn't navigated undetected from your roof and through the attic.
3. Promptly Repair Any Storm Damage
It's much more financially prudent to repair storm damage as quickly as possible, rather than letting it fester. Un-repaired damage puts your home at risk the next time a rain shower or storm rolls through. Moisture will be able to easily penetrate the damaged areas, potentially causing significant moisture damage to your home and putting the structural integrity of your property at stake.
Have an experienced roofing company with a solid reputation repair the damage. Avoid companies that aren't established in your area; these roofing businesses may travel around looking for homes that have storm damage and need repairs. The quality of their work isn't certain, and it can be difficult to get the company to fix work that isn't completed correctly.