Damage to your roof is most common after storms. Here in Florida, we are nearing the end of the severe storm season, and it's the best time to check your roof for any damages. However, we can experience intense storms through the summer and to the end of September, so it is best to check for wear on your roof frequently.
Even if there are no apparent signs of problems, like a tree falling on your roof or water leaking through your ceiling, it is still essential to assess your roof for potential damage. Catching minor problems will save you money in the long run.
It is not always easy to spot damage on your roof if you're not a professional. Therefore, it is always best to call in a professional for an inspection if you suspect there is damage on your roof. That way, you can take action to prevent more extensive repairs down the road.
Here are 5 signs to look for if your home has been through a storm recently to protect the integrity of your home.
1. Missing ShinglesThe easiest way to check your roof for damage is to look for missing shingles. High winds can tear shingles off your roof and expose the sheathing below. Water can leak in through the sheathing and to the wood beneath. It can cause rot and mold to grow. You can spot missing shingles just by inspecting your yard and if there are pieces of roofing on the ground.
2. Shingle DamageDamages to the shingles are a little harder to spot from the ground. Damage from strong winds can create tears, peeling, or lifting of the shingles. When shingles are not secured properly, it can lead to water getting into your home. You may not notice debris around the yard, but if you can see the edges of the shingles curling up, it's a sign that you will want to get an inspection.
3. Shingle Granules DebrisAsphalt shingles will shed granules in a big storm with high winds. Asphalt shingles have a layer on their surface that helps protect your roof from harsh UV rays. It is usual for some shedding to happen over time. However, during stormy weather, excessive shedding can occur. If you see a horizontal line on your shingles or spot large deposits of granules in your gutters, these are signs of granule loss. Those shingles will have less protection for your home and should be replaced to prevent problems.
4. Soffit, Fascia, Gutter, or Flashing DamageStrong winds can cause fittings to lose that help keep water away from your home. Look for signs of damage in other areas of your roof besides the shingles. Signs of dents, cracks or loose gutters, and downspouts can cause more severe damage in the future.
5. Leaks in the AtticSigns of moisture can be subtle, and even small leaks can cause damage. If small leaks continue, they can lead to mold and mildew and weaken your roof's support. Look for water drops, especially around areas where there are valleys in your roof or around a chimney. Also, see if you notice discoloration or dampness in the insulation or the wood..