Beyond the obvious signs that could include a big puddle in the middle of your living room floor, how will you even know if your roof is damaged? It’s not like you climb up there every week to check.
With summer storms on the rise, it’s important for homeowners to be alert for the signs that their roofs have been damaged before leaks occur. Leaking roofs are more expensive to repair, and if that leak reaches the furniture and possessions inside your home, the damage could accelerate.
Let’s look at some ways you can determine you have a roof problem — before you hear that “drip, drop” noise.
What You Need to Know About Summer Storms in Columbus
Summer storms can wreak a lot of havoc on your home. But your roof is one of those home systems that is generally both out-of-sight and out of mind. Angie’s List suggests that even if your roof didn’t experience hail, a strong windstorm can exploit loose shingles, lifting them and allowing slow leaks to enter an attic space. That’s why after a big storm it might be a good idea to have a professional roofing company walk your roof and look for the telltale signs of small leaks that could turn into big problems later on.
Nationwide, storm damage is becoming the new normal, with adverse weather events happening more and more frequently. In 2014, the U.S. experienced the largest catastrophic storm damage ever recorded. Severe storms blanketed the country from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Insurance claims totaled $2.9 billion.
What to Look for — Roof Damage in Central Ohio
Conducting an on the ground visual inspection of your roof might yield clues that it has been damaged. Look for these external signs:
- Are there missing shingles?
- Are your gutters hanging properly?
- Is the metal facia around your chimney still laying flat?
- Especially look at the edges of your roof for curled up shingles or divots missing from the sides of shingles.
- Is the roof deck sagging?
- Look for mold or rot; if shingles are leaking, mold can form quickly.
- Are there obvious tree limbs or debris on your roof?
Now look at your siding. If there was hail it’s likely that your aluminum or vinyl siding will have dings.
It’s important to keep in mind that, if installed properly, roofs can last 15 to 20 years. It’s possible that your roof simply needs repaired and not replaced. That’s why it’s important to find a roofing contract that you can trust to help you make this decision.
If you see obvious issues, please stay safe and call a professional for help.
Central Ohio Roof Inspection — Fixing Storm Damage
Did you know Columbus Windows and Siding, LLC handles professional roofing, in addition to doors, siding, windows, and other home improvements? If you’re concerned about the ability of your existing roof to stand up to Central Ohio’s punishing summer storms, call us for a complimentary inspection. We can conduct a full roof inspection. Our experienced team will look for:
- Damaged or missing shingles.
- Inadequate number of vents.
- Nail pops that can cause leaks.
- Old, cracked caulking.
- Flashing or valley damage.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you weather the storm.