After a terrible storm, you should always check for signs of damage to your roof, and have any damage you find repaired immediately. In dire cases, you may even need to have your roof replaced, as roofing problems, whether big or small, invariably become bigger with neglect.
This is why Winfield Builders, one of the leading residential roofers in MD, created this storm damage checklist to help you get started.
Protruding Roof Parts
Chimneys and skylights are protruding roof parts which are covered with flashing and sealed to prevent water from leaking into the seams. If the seals or flashing are damaged or otherwise compromised, leaks could potentially occur at the seams. These areas around your roof protrusions should always be the first you inspect after a storm, as those are the weakest areas on your roof.
Of course, the most obvious evidence of storm damage can usually be seen on your shingles. They are, after all, your home’s first line of defense against the elements. You should check your shingles for curling, granule loss and cracks, while being especially mindful of missing shingles. However, you shouldn’t set foot on your roof to do this. For a safer inspection, do it from the ground with the help of a pair of binoculars, or entrust the job to a roofing professional.
Roof vents are an essential item on your storm damage checklist as well, despite how many people say storm damage to the soffit and fascia is merely superficial. Once your vents begin to warp or decay, the fresh air they bring into the house becomes compromised, and they could have issues drawing the warm, stale air out. Thus you’d end up with a poorly ventilated home, which can bring on a whole host of other problems.
Your roof’s gutter system is responsible for diverting water away from your home during a heavy downpour. Poorly installed or clogged gutters can cause water to back up under the shingles and leak to areas of the roof where the presence of water is a detriment, such as the attic insulation or the wooden roof deck. Clogged gutters weighed down with leaves and other debris can also cause the entire system to detach from your roof. Have a roofing expert take a look at your gutters to guarantee they’re in the right condition to properly protect your home from harsh weather.
Get in touch with your trusted roofers at Winfield Builders to inspect and address damage as soon as a severe storm passes. We’re happy to supply the appropriate roofing services you require to get your roof back into shape.
Our company is the leading roof and windows installation authority in Maryland. Call us at (301) 329-8295 or fill out our contact form for your roofing inquiries. We provide roof repair and replacement services to residents of Spring, Rockville, and Annapolis, MD.