How Hard Did that Storm Hit? Assessing Damage to Your Roof

Tampa is no stranger to heavy rains, thunderstorms or even the occasional hurricane. You want to be sure that your home is protected from the elements, and your roof is your first line of defense. If the roof fails, the rest of your home could me more susceptible to serious and expensive storm damage.

Protect yourself from more expensive problems by making sure your roof is in top condition after every major weather event. Use the safety tips and the checklists we’ve provided below to find out if your roof has serious problems that need to be repaired.

Safety First

Before checking for damage, keep these safety tips in mind

Wait for inclement weather to pass completely before performing an inspection
If you have lost power, watch carefully for downed power lines while inspecting
Do not attempt to climb onto the roof without a spotter

Home Interior Checklist

Even before you leave your home after a storm hits, you can check for any damage that might be visible from the inside. Perform a thorough check of all of the following…

  • Windows: sky-facing windows such as skylights are one of the most vulnerable areas in your home to water damage, and it can invite damage into the other parts of your roof. Check all around the edges of your skylights for evidence of water or water damage. Cracked glass can let in moisture as well.
  • Ceilings: When water escapes through your roof because of damage, it will typically pool around light fixtures and other places on your ceiling where weight is being applied. Check closely around lights, ceiling fans and other hanging items for any evidence that water is pooling above them.
  • Attic: If you have an accessible attic, this is where water damage is most easily visible. Make sure you closely check the interior insulation and padding (if accessible) for any water staining. Depending on the color and manufacture, water damage should show very clearly as dark streaks.

Home Exterior Checklist

  • Shingles: Shingles need to be properly in place to protect your roof. If any have been blown off, ripped or dislodged by the weather, they will need to be replaced before the roof can function properly. This is an immediate concern.
  • Vents: Numerous vents typically regulate and move air within your attic. If any of these are bent or crushed, your roof may not be getting the airflow it needs to deal with normal moisture. Mark any damaged vents so that they can be replaced.
  • Gutters: Gutters are another very important part of a functional roof. When doing your outdoor inspection, check around all sides of the home for downed downspouts and gutters that have been wrenched out of their seals. Repairing all broken gutters is important to maintaining the integrity of your roof.

Your First Steps

If you’ve spotted roof damage, you need to react quickly.

  1. Cover anywhere water can enter with a sturdy waterproof tarp
  2. Replace damaged vent covers and reapply sealant where it may be lacking
  3. Let a professional handle necessary roof repairs.

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