Indoor And Outdoor Roof Inspection Tips After A Strong Wind Storm

Wind storms don't wait for a convenient time to strike, and you only have to look at the Pensacola families who spent New Years Day cleaning up debris to see how damaging strong winds can be. As a first-time homeowner, you may not realize the impact high winds can have on your roof. The problem with not noticing your roof has been damaged by a wind storm is the damage water can do to the interior of your home. By reading these tips, you can learn how to inspect your roof for damage after each wind storm passes through.

Outside Roof Check

To accurately check whether the outside of your roof has been damaged, you need to do a visual inspection. This involves climbing up a ladder, so if you are afraid of heights or do not have the physical capacity to head up the ladder, then you will need someone to do this task for you. In particular, you are looking for the following types of damage:

  • Roof shingles that are missing, splitting, curling up, or cracked.
  • Missing flashing around the chimney or plumbing vent. The flashing is pieces of metal that sit around the base of each of these items to stop water leaking through the area where the base meets the roof.
  • Bulges under the roof covering. This can be an indication of trapped water.
  • Damaged or missing soffits. The soffit is the underside of your roof where it extends out past the wall line of your home. It stops water being pushed up under the roof and into your home.

A look at the outside of your roof after the storm has passed is the first chance you have to spot a problem. However, not all roofing issues are immediately visible on the outside, so the next step is to take a look inside your home.

Inside Roof Check

The main factor you are looking for when you look inside your home is an indication that water penetrated the roof and has left its mark on your interior. Look for water stains where your ceiling meets the walls, peeling wallpaper or paint at the top of the room, and new damp spots anywhere. These are all signs that water has gotten into your home.

As a general rule, if more than one-third of your roof has been damaged during a storm, then it will be replaced by your insurance company. Once you have determined what type of damage your home has incurred, then you can call your insurance agent to begin the process of getting the roof repaired or replaced.

For more information on roofing services, contact businesses such as Select Exteriors.