Tips to Assess and Repair Roof Storm Damage
North American weather can be highly unpredictable. In the winter, there can be ice storms, snow, and sleet and during the summer, hail storms, tornados and even hurricanes occur. All these environmental conditions eventually take a toll on the roof. A Greenville roofing professional can help.
If there has been severe damage to the roof, the damage is visibly obvious, but when the roof damage is mild to moderate damage, it can be missed quite easily. That is why it is extremely important to assess roof damage after a storm because any damage that is left unrepaired can lead to the collapse of the entire structure. This can further lead to flooding, damage to household items and injury to the residents.
How to Assess Roof Damage
After a storm, the first thing to do is to make sure that the home itself is safe.
- It can be dangerous to enter a home if the foundation has been damaged. If the visual inspection reveals that the home is stable, one should start by inspecting the attic. Carefully look for any obvious water leaks, dampness or water stains. In some cases, the shingles may have been torn off, and light from the outside may be entering the attic. You can use your smartphone to take pictures of any damage that you observe in the attic.
Next, inspect the walls and ceilings in each room for water leaks and/or water stains.
- If there has been major damage to the roof, then water may have peeled off the paint or wallpaper. In general, if there is water leaking in the walls through the ceiling, the source of the water can be anywhere on the roof. That is why in most cases, a thorough inspection is required. At this point, one should move all the furniture and valuable items from underneath the leak. In addition, one should place a bucket to collect the water or even place a tarp in the attic to prevent further water leak inside the home.
After the interior is examined, one needs to check the roof from the outside.
- It is best not to attempt to do so on your own unless you have previous experience. If you still want to get a heads-up before you call a Greenville roofing professional, you can inspect the roof with a pair of binoculars. Try and determine if the gutters or waterspouts are still intact. However, the best way to examine a roof is to get on top of the roof, and for that, you need a professional.
After a storm, the shingles can be slippery, and many a homeowner has slipped and fallen from the roof. Also, most homeowners usually have no idea what to look for. In this scenario, it is highly recommended that one call a roofing contractor.
- The roofing contractor may look for bent or crooked shingles, ripped off shingles, obvious holes in the roof, and a collection of water puddles and the status of the chimney. It is not unusual for the chimney to have damage during a storm and one may note that the bricks are missing or that the chimney is sagging. It is important to get a reputable contractor to assess the damage.
Call a Greenville Roofing Professional at Lanier Roofing for Roof Damage Repair
At Lanier Roofing, we are aware that the humid and capricious weather in South Carolina can take its toll on roofing systems. You might think that your roof is in excellent condition and no storm can affect it. It is better to exercise caution and to assess a roof after a storm. The team at Lanier Roofing is committed to providing you with roof repairs that are qualitative, affordable and long-lasting. But for us to make that happen, you need to contact us as soon as the storm has passed. Any delays can lead to unnecessary damage and greater repair costs. The faster we can get to work, the easier it will be to fix the roof at a great cost. Call us today at Lanier Roofing so that we can schedule a roof inspection as soon as possible. A Greenville roofing professional will inspect the roof thoroughly so that they can come up with a repair plan.