Once again severe weather time is here for those of us in the north. From lightening strikes to thunderstorms, strong winds and sand storms it all takes its toll on the exterior of our homes especially the roof. Many times homeowners are clueless that there has even been damage to their homes. Some will only notice damage months after the storms have rolled through. It is important to identify damage as soon as possible to avoid extensive damage to the structure or foundation of the home.
After a storm has hit homeowners should take time to inspect their roof and home’s exterior. It is best if small issues are identified and repaired before they become larger and more expensive problems that require extensive repairs. If you suspect any damage has occurred to the roof after a storm it is best to call in a professional roofing contractor to perform a full inspection of your homes roof. Most roofing companies offer free inspections or inspections for a fee that comes off the cost of needed repairs.
To assist homeowners we are including signs of roof damage to be aware of after a storm. If a homeowner can see any of these it is important that they call in a roofing expert for further examination of the damage.
- Shingling that is bent or folded
- Shingles or roofing materials that have become dislodged
- Any part of shingles or roofing materials within the homes yard
- Roof buckling
- Discoloration in the shingles
- Ceiling discoloration
- Light coming in from the attic space
Some of the damage, after a storm, can be difficult to see from street level. Take a trip up onto the roof to look for shingling or other roofing materials that have dislodged. If this is noticed it is important to have the roof inspected properly by a professional roofing contractor. A contractor specializing in roofing can offer repair services or assist homeowners with insurance claims if a new roof is necessary.
Another common issue, buckling occurs in roofing when a roof is not properly ventilated or when shingles are laid one on top of another. Noticing spots within the roof that are starting to buckle may indicate that you will need a new roof.
After an extreme wind storm it is possible to find dislodge roofing material in your yard. One shingle may be easy to replace or repair however when multiple parts of shingling or other roofing materials are seen strewn about the yard it is a completely different issue.
Another sign of damage on a roof is discoloration. Algae and moss can cause this discoloration and small leaks may occur. A professional roofing contractor should be employed to restore the roof and treat the problem.
Discoloration on the outside isn’t the only issue that shows roofing damage. If you see any signs of internal ceiling sagging or water spots it is time to inspect your homes attic. Any light coming in from the attic space should be immediately repaired to prevent further issues. This is especially true after heavy rains.
Roofs can be repaired if damage is caught early enough. These repairs are far more inexpensive then completely replacing your roof which often occurs when homeowners let minor repairs stack up and don’t get properly fixed. Proper roof care and maintenance will help maintain your roof, foundation and homes structural integrity.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.