Roof Inspection From Three Angles
If you suspect that your roof has been damaged by a storm, you need to inspect it and confirm whether the damage is there or not. Don't assume anything without an inspection because some forms of damages are not immediately obvious. The inspection is best done using three approaches.
Inside the House
First, you need to climb up into the attic because this is where you are most likely to notice roof damage. The most obvious sign of roof damage, from inside the house, is light streaking in through the decking. Of course, this is only possible due to serious damages that have made holes or cracks through the roof. This type of damage is extremely serious because it can lead to serious water leaks.
In most cases, however, storm damages that call for roof inspection doesn't cause such dramatic damages. Therefore, look for signs of water leaks such as discolorations on the ceiling, sagging sections of the roof, or even actual moisture.
Outside the House
If you don't notice sigs of damage inside the house, head outside the house for other signs of damage. This is necessary because it's possible for the roof to be damaged without showing inside the house. Here are some of the things you should focus on in this stage of the inspection.
· Pieces of shingles near the foundation of the house; you can detect this by walking around the house
· Areas of the roof with missing shingles
· Dark patches on the shingles; these are sections of the roof with missing granules. The granules protect the shingles from weather damage
· Bent, torn or missing flashing material
On the Roof
If you have experience walking on the roof, and you can do it safely without causing further damage or injuring yourself, then get a ladder and go up on the roof. This is the only way you will detect minimal or hidden damage that may neither be visible from the ground or inside the house. For example, missing roofing nails, flashing that is not sitting flush on the roof, or debris in the roof valleys are all things you may not be able to detect from the ground, but they all point to roof damage.
Hopefully, you will be able to catch any roof damages as soon as they appear so that you can fix them and prevent further damages. However, if you can't go on the roof (maybe for safety reasons), get a roofing contractor to perform the inspection on your behalf. Even if your inspection does reveal damages, you will also need a roofing contractor, like Columbia Roofing Inc, to fix the damages.