Summertime means summer storms. Summer storms mean storm damage. Storm damage can compromise the integrity of your roof. Do you know how to prepare for big thunderstorms this season in order to keep your roof securely above your head?
The Effects of Storm Damage on Your Roof
Heavy rain, strong wind, and even hail can rage against your home throughout the summer. The intensity of these storms may depend on where you live, but it’s still likely that, no matter where that is, you find yourself in the midst of a big storm sometime during the season. In that case, you want to be sure that your roof can stand up against the pressure so that you don’t put yourself, your home, and your family in danger.
The best defense is usually a good offense, so make efforts to inspect the roof regularly in order to detect damage, such as broken shingles, leaks, and other issues, before you even know a storm is coming. If you notice major problems, then see immediately about having them repaired by a qualified roofing company so that you’ll be ready when the weather turns sour. Too often, people don’t realize that their roof has been compromised until there is water pouring in from above, so don’t let that happen to you.
After a storm, once it’s safe to go outside, check for any immediate and concerning damage. Clear signs of this would be large branches having fallen onto your roof, potentially breaking shingles, windows, or even the underlying structure of the roof itself. The most prominent sign of something to be concerned about is new instances of leaks or water damage within the house. These will only worsen with time, so look carefully for them and take note if there are any that weren’t there before.
Wind damage may not be as obvious, but, again, look at the shingles to see if they have been ripped up or warped in a way that suggests this. Also, “black marks (make by hail hitting the shingles and knocking the asphalt off), dents on the roof, and cracked or broken shingles are all telltale signs of hail damage,” so keep an eye out for that, too.
Don’t go up onto the roof yourself soon after a storm. It may be slick and more slippery than you realize, raising incredibly the potential for an accident. Instead, look for what you can from the ground or from inside, and then get a professional assessment in order to have someone with safety gear and training go up onto the roof.
Make sure to get in touch with a professional roofing contractor, such as Cox Roofing.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.