At C and K Roofing, you have heard us talk about how winter storms can cause significant damage to your roofing system. Well, as warmer weather is upon us, storms can cause just as much — if not more — damage to your roof. From high winds and lightning to heavy rain and hail, summer storms can rip off shingles from your roof and create standing puddles of water on your roof. When these problems aren’t caught immediately, they can develop into much larger and more expensive issues.
Following a major storm, there are a few things that you need to pay the most attention to, including:
- Signs of Water Leaks – One of the first things that you should look for following a storm is any sign of a leak. Catching these early can be a huge time and money saver. Even if the leak is just a small one, it is important to have it repaired, as it will only continue to get larger with time.
- Missing or Damaged Shingles – Look for any shingles that have been lifted, damaged or completely blown away from the storm. If you notice an issue, then this problem needs to be addressed by a professional immediately because your roof is exposed to the elements.
- Standing Water Puddles on the Roof – When water just sits on the roof, it can result in the premature deterioration of the roof. It can also lead to unnecessary leaks, not to mention the weakening of the roof deck because of the additional weight.
- Crooked or Bent Gutters and/or Downspouts – Take a look at your guttering system. Do you notice any sections that are crooked or bent? Are any areas unable to stay attached to the roof? If so, these need to be repaired. In addition, if the gutters are having problems, then there is a good chance that your shingles may be having issues as well.
- Bends and/or Gaps in the Fascia – When there are high winds in a storm, the roof edge could blow off, which will expose the roof cover. In some cases, the roof cover could also blow off. If this happens, this could cause damage to property and individuals in the vicinity. If the roof edge is damaged in any way, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
- Bubbles in the Roof – If you notice the appearance of bubbles in the roof cover, then there is a good chance that water has become trapped in the cover. This weakens its effectiveness against the wind and also reduces its life span.
While you can check for the above things yourself, it is always a good idea to call on a roofing professional for a more thorough inspection of your roof following a severe storm. In addition, before the storm season really gets underway, give us a call to perform a roof inspection to ensure everything is up to par, as this can help minimize damage when a storm does end up passing through the area. Whether you would like a pre-storm inspection or post-storm repair help, contact C and K Roofing for all your roofing needs.