Severe weather events like storms, snow, or even intense hail can wreak havoc on your home, and one of the most vulnerable parts of your house is the roof. After a severe weather event, it's crucial to take immediate action to assess and address any damage to your roof. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to follow after a storm to ensure your roof remains secure and your home protected.
1. Safety First
Prioritize safety. Ensure that the storm has fully passed and it's safe to be outside. Watch out for any downed power lines or unstable structures. Give Homeguard Roofing a call to inspect your roof, or use binoculars to assess it from the ground.
2. Interior Inspection
Start by checking the interior of your home for signs of roof damage. Look for water stains on the ceiling, wet spots on the walls, or visible leaks. These are indicators of roof damage that may require immediate attention. It's important to address interior damage promptly to prevent further issues like mold or structural damage.
3. Exterior Inspection
Once it's safe to do so, carefully inspect the exterior of your roof from the ground. Look for the following signs of storm damage:
Missing or damaged shingles: High winds and hail can cause shingles to be torn or blown off. If you notice missing shingles, they should be replaced promptly to prevent leaks.
Dents and granule loss: Hail can cause dents and granule loss on shingles. While minor dents may not be an immediate issue, significant damage can compromise your roof's integrity.
Loose or damaged flashing: Flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights can be damaged during a storm. Proper flashing is essential to prevent water infiltration.
Clogged gutters: Debris from the storm, such as leaves and branches, can clog your gutters and prevent proper drainage. Clean your gutters to ensure water flows away from your roof.
4. Document the Damage
Take photos or videos of any damage you find. This documentation can be helpful for insurance claims. Make sure to keep a detailed record of the date and time of your inspection.
5. Consult a Professional Roofer
After a severe storm, it's a good idea to have a professional roofing contractor assess the damage. We at Homeguard have the expertise to identify hidden damage and provide an accurate assessment of the repairs needed. For more information or to set up an inspection give us a call at 604-308-1698
6. Preventive Maintenance
Consider scheduling regular roof inspections and maintenance to prevent future storm damage. Proper maintenance can extend the lifespan of your roof and reduce the risk of costly repairs after severe weather events. Give Homeguard a call to find a maintenance plan that fits your budget!
In conclusion, your roof is a vital part of your home's protection, and it's essential to address storm damage promptly to prevent further issues. By following these steps, you can ensure the safety and integrity of your roof and home after a severe weather event. Remember once you have GAF shingles installed by Homeguard Roofing & Renovations, a Master Elite company, you have a 25-year workmanship warranty as well as a 50-year manufacturer warranty so you will never be left with coverage after any storm damage!
Give us a call today at 604-308-1698 to schedule your roof inspection.