Summer storms in northern Alabama cause a lot of roof damage. As such, it is essential to inspect your roof after a large storm blows through. Unfortunately, most people have no idea what they need to be looking for when they inspect their home or commercial roofs. Here are a few of the things you need to be on the lookout for and why.
Tears or Missing Roofing Materials
Strong wind gusts can be devastating to both residential and commercial roofs. Gusts can blow debris, such as sticks, across the roof, potentially tearing your roofing material. Strong wind gusts can also blow your roofing materials right off of the roof. As such, you want to be on the lookout for tears or missing roofing materials following a storm with strong wind gusts.
Cracked or Damaged Flashings
Wind can also put a lot of stress on your flashings. Flashings are metal strips used to cover small gaps between your roof and items that protrude from your roof, such as HVAC units and vents. Flashings may also be used around the roof deck. If you see that the metal is bent, cracked or damaged, your flashings need to be replaced.
Standing or Sitting Water
After a storm that brings rain with it, water should drain off of your roof. If you see sitting water, your roof may be damaged. Sitting water is often caused when a roof has been dented, has worn roofing materials or when a roof is beginning to sink or cave. Be on the lookout for puddles or pooling. Sitting water can seep in through your roof, leading to leaks, so it is important to have this issue repaired right away.
After a storm, your gutters may be filled with debris, such as leaves and sticks. This can lead to gutter clogs. Gutter clogs can prevent water from flowing off of your roof and away from your home. They can also weigh your gutters down, leading to cracking or splitting at the seams, or causing the gutters to pull away from the side of your home, leading to roof damage.
The last thing you should look for after summer storms is leaks in your roof. Water and forceful precipitation can cause damage to your roofing materials, decking and flashing. This can lead to leaks forming. If you notice any leaks in your home after a storm, you may have a roof leak.
Inspecting your roof yourself is not an easy task. As such, you may want to leave this up to the professionals. If you think you may see damage on your roof after a storm, or you'd prefer a professional to inspect your entire home or commercial roof, MG Roofing, Inc. can help you. Give us a call now to schedule your inspection.