The roofing system shields the home from summer storms, which can contain high winds and flying debris. Severe weather can tear shingles off the house, letting in water that can ruin your insulation and promote mold growth. Below are a few signs that your roof has suffered storm damage and what you should do next.
Signs of Storm Damage
Hail can strike the roof with enough force to leave dents in the shingles, leaving space for standing water or tiny cracks in the surface. After a major hailstorm, get a ladder and check the roof for indentations or other signs of damage. Dents on shingles can be hard to spot, but they’re easier to see on the metal flashing.
Roofing shingles create interlocking layers to repel water, so even a few missing pieces can compromise the entire roof. After a major storm, you might find shingles or pieces of asphalt in the yard, or you may be able to spot damaged areas from the ground.
If a major storm just passed through, examine the roof for curling or missing shingles. A pair of binoculars can help identify problems that may be difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Debris on the Roof
A fallen tree branch can cause serious damage to the roof, even if the wood is intact. Smaller pieces of debris blowing across the roof can also snag shingles, break off pieces, and leave the home vulnerable to water. If there are several branches or any other debris on the roof after a storm, schedule an inspection immediately.
What to Do About Storm Damage
Checking the roof for signs of damage immediately after a storm gives you a chance to correct the problem before the next rainfall. Inspect the flashing and vents. Finally, check the underside of the roof in the attic for signs of moisture or sunlight shining through.
If there is any damage, call a roofing contractor for an inspection. The sooner they can diagnose the issue, the more likely they can get repairs finished before the next storm comes through. Additionally, take steps to minimize the damage if any areas of the roof are leaking water. Place pots under the leak, use towels to soak up excess moisture, and move valuables out of the way until the roofer arrives.
If you’re dealing with summer storm damage anywhere in the Castle Shannon, PA, area, trust Pittsabana Contracting Services LLC to deliver the fast service and expert repairs you need. From missing asphalt shingles to broken areas on the roof, these professionals will assess the damage and create a solution to restore the surface. Visit their website for more on their roofing services or call (412) 580-6567 to schedule an inspection.