How to Spot Roof Damage After a Storm

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Got through a rough storm?

Even after surviving a brutal storm, the worst is yet to come. Significant roof damage could lead to gaping holes that lead to indoor flooding and cold drops in temperature, especially at night.

Think it’s not that big of a deal?

Every year, hail damage alone accounts for $1 billion of damage costs. That’s not taking into account flooding and other repercussions that can happen from storm-damaged roofs.

The good thing is you can spot damage early. As soon as the storm passes, you’ll need to conduct both interior and exterior inspections to look for the telltale signs you need some maintenance done.

It all starts with the obvious: looking for leaks.

Look for Leaks and Stains And Mitigate The Roof Damage

One of the easiest signs of damage is a leak. As soon as you spot a leak, call for repairs because they’re among the riskiest types of house damage you could deal with.

See water droplets on the floor? Look up at the ceiling and look for areas where water seeps in.

These leaks indicate that rainwater from the storm broke through the roof. There could be puddles up in the areas between the ceiling and the roof, causing drops to slowly work their way down.

Also, look for water stains on the walls. You might not see them at first glance but upon closer inspection, you might see lines on the walls where water flows down from the ceiling. These lines indicate damage, allowing water to break through.

Signs on the Ground

You can also look for roof damage not by climbing up top but by scouring the ground outside.

Look for shingles and metal pieces that broke off during the storm. If you spot them, you need immediate repairs because these pieces indicate there’s a hole in your roof. There’s a spot no longer shielded and this could lead to cold air and water seeping into your home.

Sagging Deck and Moisture Spots

If there is a hole in the roof or other forms of damage from the storm, you can expect water to already seep in. A good sign of this is when you look up at your ceiling and see portions that sag and have a darker color. This darker shade is a sign of moisture build-up.

You can take a ladder and climb up to inspect these sagging moisture spots. If they’re wet and soft to the touch, it’s time to call in professionals to conduct repairs. Not only is your ceiling breaking down but there’s a problem up on the roof too.

Mold and Rot

During normal conditions, your roof and ceiling should be dry. There should be no moisture and humid air to cause fungus to grow or the wood to rot.

As soon as you see mold forming and parts of wood rotting on the ceiling, this is a sign that there’s an issue with your roof. Air and water are somehow breaking in.

Repair Roof Damage Today!

Dealing with these signs of roof damage? Worried that the storm destroyed a portion of your home, leading to cold and wet nights?

Worry no more. If you’ve got roofing concerns, from home improvement and repair work to regular maintenance needs, feel free to contact us!