How To Inspect Your Roof
When it comes to roof inspection you want to make sure you’re doing it right so you don’t put yourself at risk or increase the potential damage to your roof. Here are a few steps to ensure you stay safe and can effectively inspect your roof:
1. Wait for the Storm to Stop
Never go out on your roof when it is still storming. Even if you hear a loud crash or dramatic creaking, you should never climb out on your roof if the weather is still bad. Sudden gusts of wind can make you unsteady on your feet, and water, ice, and hail can make your footing even more treacherous. Even if it’s only lightly raining, the moisture can still make shingles very slippery which can cause you to lose your balance. Always wait for the storm to pass and any residual ice or water to dissipate before climbing out onto your roof.
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2. Check for Hazards
You should also never go out on your roof if the ground around your home is flooded or if there are downed powerlines across your roof or on the ground near your home. If you do see downed powerlines in the vicinity, call 911 or your city utilities (or both) and stay away from the area until you are given the all-clear.
3. Be Cautious on the Roof
Once you are ready to climb onto your roof, be sure to keep an eye out for loose tiles or shingles, ice patches, or scattered debris. All of these things can cause you to lose your footing when you are moving around on your roof and should be avoided or cleared away before you attempt a close inspection.
Missing or broken shingles
Shingles that are curling or cracked
Buildup of granules or roof debris in gutters
Bubbles/wrinkles, cracks, or tears on flat roofs
Tears or buckling in the flashings
Loose or crumbling roofing cement
Ice falling from the sky
Missing shingles or sections of shingles
Exposed sections of roof
Deviations in your roof's shingle pattern
Whole or fragments of shingles on the ground around your home or in the gutters
Water damage is harder to recognize than wind or hail damage, but it has a greater potential to cause harm to your home. This is because water can seep into your home and between your walls, slowly damaging the structure of your home, creating ideal spaces for mold to develop, and potentially dripping in to your living spaces. It is especially important to start any necessary roofing repair for storm damage caused by water as soon as possible. You may have water damage if you notice the following in your home:
Dark water spots or yellow, brown, or copper discoloration on your ceiling
Cracking, peeling, or bubbling in wallpaper or the paint on your walls
Mold, rot, or a musty smell in attics, crawlspaces, and basements
Water pooling around the outside of your home
Warped, soft, or sagging sections in your floor
Contacting Your Insurance Company and Starting Repairs
Once you’ve identified what kind of damage you are dealing with, it is time to contact your insurance company and find a good roof repair company to get your roof storm damage repairs started as soon as possible. Be sure to take pictures of all damage and record any work that you have done. You should also get an estimate from a contractor before talking to your insurance adjuster.
We here at Southpaw Roofing can give you a free estimate of the potential cost for your roofing repair for storm damage. You can report this cost to your insurance company when discussing the type of damage and the potential size of your claim. We can also let you know the possible extent of your repairs including whether you only need a section repaired or may need the entire roof replaced. Either way, Southpaw Roofing in Augusta GA will provide fast and professional roofing work that will ensure you and your home can withstand the future storms to come. Contact us today for a free estimate and to get your roofing repair project started as soon as possible.