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We often neglect the effect that severe weather can have on our roof until it is too late. In actuality, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional as soon after a severe storm or hurricane to see the extent of damage and whether or not you need roof repairs or a complete roof replacement. 

You may not know about several things that a professional can inspect to make sure your roof is still in good shape. To help you understand what needs checking, we’ll break down some of the vital inspection elements of your roof. 

 

Soundness and Stability 

 

The first thing an inspector will check for is that your roof is still a roof, which means that it is still sound and stable and isn’t likely to collapse or falter. This is important because hurricanes and storms can damage the integrity of your roof without actually tearing away at it. Much of the time, the damage in these cases can be unseen, so an in-person inspection is necessary. 

 

Check the Roofing Material

 

In most cases, this means going through and checking the individual shingles. This means checking the sheeting and the sealant around the air vents and other joints for metal roofs. For a traditional roof, checking the materials can help to determine where problem areas are before they become a significant problem. 

Patching a few broken shingles or repairing a rotten spot as compared to a large chunk of the roof or a whole batch of shingles is a much better option. You can also determine where problems may form and address them before that happens by re-gluing loose shingles and putting them back down. 

 

Check for Underlying Damage and Leaks 

 

Often if we don’t have water pouring into our living room when it rains, we don’t think there’s a problem. The thing is, storms can not only cause direct damage to your roof, but they can also cause water to pond in spots on your roof. This can cause rot and wear and leaks into your sub-roof that you would never see without an inspection. 

To catch these issues right when they manifest, and prevent them from getting any worse, get an inspector to walk your roof and then inspect the sunroof and areas around joints, flashings, and other points for water damage and signs of leaking. Patching a small leak is a far sight better than waiting until it’s pouring in your living room. An unseen leak can go months or even years without showing and slowly do damage to the underside of your roof, leak down into your walls and rot your insulation. This is something you definitely want to avoid. 

 

Check the Insulation 

 

Part of checking your roof means checking the insulation in your attic that is attached to your sub-roof. Leaks and moisture build-up from storm damage can cause your insulation to rot. Ruined insulation can cause mold, which is a whole different issue that is just as bad as a roof replacement. 

Beyond the potential for mold, losing insulation can raise heating and cooling bills and make your home less energy efficient. 

 

Simplify Insurance Claims 

 

The last benefit of having a professional inspection is that you can make the insurance claim process run much smoother. Waiting until long after a storm or hurricane and then trying to file with your insurance over the damage will only result in diminishing returns that will likely not cover the extent of the damage. 

Getting a professional inspection as soon as possible can help mitigate the damage and maximize the payout from your insurance to cover the damage so that you don’t end up paying out of pocket for damages that could have been avoided.