How to assess roof damage

It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Irma swept the coast of Florida, shaking us up in the process. As a residential roofing contractor here in Clearwater, Tampa, and Sarasota, we’ve been on the move to restore the homes of the area back to their former selves. Unlike some parts of the house, like the paint, roofs are essential to the safety of the overall house as it protects against the elements. A damaged roof could leave the home susceptible to even more damage caused by wind, hail, and of course, rain. Many people are still scrambling to get their homes back together after the storm, and we’re here to offer some suggestions. Our local roofing company is here to assist you with repairs, but in the meantime, here are some tips to assess damage.

Check your attic for water damage

If water is seeping into your home due to a damaged roof, you’re not going to notice it at first unless you check the areas where the roof meets the rest of the home. Usually, this is in the attic. Look for dampness and water spots on the ceilings. If you notice any traces of water, then you’re likely in need of repairs or potentially even a replacement. Having your roof repaired immediately, especially in a rainy state like Florida, is pertinent because rainwater can cause structural damage as well as mold growth.

Check the roof for damage

Please avoid climbing onto your roof to check for damage. Rather, inspect the perimeter of the home for any missing shingles and roof parts. Unless you’re a professional who was trained to scale a house, we highly recommend that you avoid climbing onto your roof and wait for a contractor to do that for you. Usually, if there are signs of roof damage, like debris surrounding the home, you’re in the market for a repair or even replacement.

Sometimes, you can detect roof damage without having to scale your home. Gutters, which collect rainwater, can sometimes break off of the roof layout when the rain or wind is strong enough. If you notice that the gutters are broken or not functioning correctly (i.e. they’re not depositing water where they should be) then something could be wrong.

Look out for other damage factors

Trees may not seem like they could cause much damage to a roof, but you’d be surprised. Roofs, while strong, can be damaged by a tree or large branch falling onto it. If you notice any trees or other damaging objects that fell onto your roof, there’s a good chance that there is damage. Usually, in these cases, you won’t need an entire replacement.

When assessing your roof after a storm, it’s best to be cautious. BMCI Contracting is trained and licensed to diagnose and repair roofs. If you believe that the structure and security of your roof have been compromised, don’t hesitate to contact our local roofing company for assistance. Thanks for your time and we’ll see you around soon!