Here in Texas, we suffer serious storms practically every year. Between high winds and hail, roofs can suffer a great deal. As a home or business owner, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for storm damage after every major weather event. The next time bad weather strikes, look for these signs to indicate a need for repair.
If you have a shingle roof, the shingles themselves provide an obvious place to look or damage. Shingles damaged through wind will loosen or separate entirely, while those damaged through hail will display black splotches, or soft, bruised areas. Tile or slate roofs can suffer cracks from hail, while commercial roofs can display damage around the drains, vents, and seams. Since a lot of storm damage — especially wind damage — can remain hidden, you should always consider a professional inspection.
Check Your Gutters
Gutters can sometimes display damage more obviously than other parts of the roof. Excess debris, especially roofing material debris, may collect in your gutters after a particularly vicious storm. The gutters themselves will display dents from hail, and may drop fasteners onto the ground. Damaged gutters cannot adequately protect your roof from the effects of excess rainfall, and should get the benefit of professional repair.
Leaks that appear soon after a major weather event can serve as an indicator that your roof has suffered damage. A roof that allows water to pass through unobstructed no longer accomplishes its job. Since water infiltration can do serious damage to a residential or commercial building, you want to address leaks immediately as they occur. Signs of leaks can include visible drips, brownish stains on your ceiling, or the appearance of mold.