How to Know a Storm Has Damaged Your Roof
Your roof is an important part of your home’s structure. If you suspect it’s been damaged it’s a good idea to know what signs to look for. This way you’ll know just how extensive it is and how to go about fixing it. Here are some ways to tell if a storm has damaged your roof.
You Notice Missing Shingles
If your roof is missing shingles, it’s at a much higher chance for being at risk for more extensive long term damage. Especially if the shingles are allowed to deteriorate as a result of the damage. This may also be an indicator of more serious damage to your roof if the missing shingles are not in the same location as where the damage is on your roof.
Another sign of storm damage is if you notice a noticeable difference between the top and bottom of your roof. Storms can cause different levels of wind, and the way the wind pushes against one side of the roof will cause it to bow in a new direction. If you notice that one side of your roof looks noticeably lower than the other side, again, this could be a sign that a storm has damaged your roof in some way.
Cracks In the Roofing Material or Your Ceiling
If you notice cracks in the roofing material or ceiling, you might have a storm-damaged roof. You should contact a roofing company, one like Brandon J Roofing, immediately to get it fixed.
Water Pooling on the Roof
If you notice water pooling around your roof and experiencing any of the following, a storm has likely damaged it. This is a result of your roof beginning to sag or has become uneven somehow and has no where to drain. It may eventually evaporate, but the longer water is allowed to pool the more damage they’re able to do.
Musty Odor Coming From The Attic
The musty odor is one of the most common signs that your roof has been damaged and mold has begun to grow inside your attic. It’s also possible that mold and mildew have started to grow on your roof as well, as the moisture has had time to get into your roof and the mold spores time to grow. It’s best to get rid of any mold you find as soon as possible, as mold presents a serious health hazard to you and your family.
Popping Sound When Walking on Your Roof
The first thing you should do is listen for popping sounds when walking on your roof while you inspect it. If you hear this, it means that your roof has experienced thermal changes that have some of your roof’s lumber moving and rubbing against other pieces of lumber. The best way to treat this is to add diagonal bracing to your rafters to stop them from moving.
If you find that your roof leaks, your shingles have faded or are missing, and you have water pooling on the roof, it’s time to call a roofer. The best way to know if your roof has a problem is by contacting an expert to take a look, as they’ll know what to look for and just how extensive the damage will be.