Just because there has not been any snow or hail during a storm does not mean your roof will not sustain any major damage. Sometimes wind can cause more damage than you realize. If damage has occurred then it is important to find it early and get it repaired so that further problems do not occur.
How the Wind Damages Your Roof
Different parts of your roof will be affected in different ways by the wind. Most of the damage will occur at the corners of the roof and around the perimeter. These areas become damaged easier because the wind can get underneath the tiles which loosens them. If no action is taken then it will not be long before this problem spreads and you have loose tiles across the whole roof. If the insulation on the roof becomes exposed, then rain water can soak through into your property which can cause more serious problems such as mold and damp. The edge of your roof should be checked on a regular basis for any damage and if any repairs are needed they should be done so immediately.
Another way your roof can be damaged in a storm is if the wind blows some debris onto it. This can cause more damage than the wind itself. The best time to inspect your roof for this type of damage is once the storm is over. Remember that just because there is no debris left on your roof, does not mean there was not any at all. There could have been something that hit, caused damage and then was blown away.
How To Check For Damage Caused By Wind
There is a simple process that you can follow when checking your roof for damage to ensure that nothing has been missed.
- Carry out an outdoor inspection – You will need to get up on the roof to look for signs of damage. The most obvious signs will be shingles that are missing or cracked. You should also check the area where the majority of the damage has occurred because it is likely that a repair may be all that is needed rather than a replacement.
- Carry out an indoor inspection – You should also check the inside of your home to make sure that no moisture has leaked through the roof. Signs of this will include brown or yellow stains on the walls or paper peeling from the walls.
- Call in a professional – If you are unable to carry out the inspection yourself, or you would rather have a professional opinion then you may want to contact a professional roofing contractor. They will know exactly what they are looking for and will also have the relevant equipment to be able to inspect the roof safely.
What To Do If Damage Is Discovered?
If any damage is discovered then you want to schedule repairs as soon as possible to prevent the issue becoming worse. The longer you wait the more expensive the repair is likely to be and it may even get to the point when a full replacement is the only viable option. You may be covered on your home insurance for any damage to your roof so it is important that you keep a record of any work that you have done and any receipts for this work. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an inspection is carried out to find out what your options are.
How To Choose A Roofing Contractor
If there is a lot of work that needs doing then you are probably going to require the services of a roofing contractor. When choosing a contractor, often a local company is usually one of the best choices that you can make. The fact that they are local will mean that they can be easily reached if there are any problems with the roof further down the line. It id also more likely that this company has been used before by people you know, so you can do some research and get feedback before hiring them. You should always ask to see the license of any company that you are considering using, before hiring them.