One of the scariest things about enduring a bad storm with strong winds is the potential damage to your roof. Strong wind, driving rain, and hail can destroy an asphalt roof, even if it is fairly new. One of the first things you'll want to do is inspect your roof once the weather clears. Here are some suggestions for things to check:
Look For Damage From Trees
If you have big trees near your roof, you'll want to check for broken limbs or fallen trees that may be on the roof or that hit it when they fell. A big tree limb can crack asphalt shingles, so if a limb or tree hit your roof, you should probably assume the roof has some sort of damage. Another type of damage from trees is scraping caused by the wind bending the trees against your roof. Keep in mind that trees often bend and sway more than you suspect when the wind is strong enough, so even if the tree is upright and a good distance from your home, you should still look for signs of rubbing against the fascia boards or shingles on the roof. Rubbing loosens shingles and scrapes off asphalt granules. Both of these problems age your roof faster and put it at risk of leaking.
Check For Hail Strikes
If you know the storm contained hail, you'll want to have your roof inspected by a professional. Hail strikes can be difficult to detect by an untrained eye. What's worse, you may see small bruises but think the damage isn't too bad. Hail is very destructive to asphalt shingles. Even if the damage seems minor, the strikes can crack the backside of the shingles and lead to leaking and premature roof aging. If your roof was in a bad storm with hail, you may need to have the entire roof replaced.
Inspect The Attic For Water Leaks
An easy way to tell if your roof is leaking is to check the attic for water stains and dampness. Driving rain may have gotten under the shingles and leaked into the attic. If water is in your attic, the deck of your roof may be damp. If the dampness doesn't dry out, the wood can rot and cause your roof to leak even worse. You may not be able to locate the source of the leak or identify which shingles are damaged, so when you see water in your attic, you should call in a roofer for an inspection before the problem escalates.
Some signs of roof damage are obvious such as missing shingles or a roof crushed by a tree. Other times, your roof can be damaged without you being aware of it, especially if you inspect your roof from the ground. Therefore, it's always a good idea to have a roofer inspect your roof after an unusually bad storm that caused damage in your neighborhood.
Contact a company like Bellerose Roofing & Siding for more information and assistance.