The storm has finally blown over, and you’re ready to assess the damage left behind to your home and property. One of the first spots you need to check is your roof—and if there’s damage there—then emergency roofing repairs are in order. Let’s go over some of the signs that your roof may be in need of some immediate attention.
Discolored or Leaking Ceilings
Before you venture out to determine the status of your roof and property post-storm, assess the interior ceilings inside the home. Oftentimes leaks don’t occur from a single storm, but rather from rain that lasts for days on end. If your ceiling has begun to look discolored, you may have a leak. Once your roof has lost its integrity, leaks will only continue, and with each subsequent storm, the problem can get worse and ultimately end up costing you more to repair.
Leaks in the Attic Sheathing
Head up to the attic or crawlspace too. This may be the first spot that a leak becomes noticeable when you’re experiencing problems with your roof. Look at the underside of the sheathing in the attic. If you notice water stains or obvious leaks, it’s time to call out a professional. Keep in mind that if you can see light from outside penetrating the attic, then there’s an opening for water there and the problem needs to be looked at.
Missing, Cracked, or Curled Shingles
Once you’ve determined everything is okay inside, it’s time to go outside and make your inspection. Use a ladder to access the roof, looking for missing, cracked, or curled shingles. Missing shingles require immediate replacement. Curled or cracked shingles should be replaced before they fail. Keep in mind that shingles that are dirty, dark, or even wet can also be a signal of a problem; if they are trapping moisture, they are not doing what they should be doing and should be looked at by a roofer.
Roofline is Sagging
Damage to the roof’s underlying structure can cause your roof to sag, and this is an indicator of an immediate problem that must be corrected ASAP. Rafters or trusses that break from high winds and heavy rain can put undue pressure on the roof, leading to its total failure if not remedied in time.
Flashing Missing or Damaged
Your roof’s flashing directs water from the eaves, valleys, skylights, chimney, ridge vents, and dormers—all important components of your roof. If your roof’s flashing is missing or is damaged, you will begin to experience leaking in various parts of the overall roof. Flashing is crucial. It must be fixed immediately to ensure the roof’s integrity.
If you observe any of the signs above, it’s time to reach out to a professional roofing company like A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction for help. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re ill-equipped to provide even a temporary fix for roofing damage—and even the most avid DIYer should call out some professional help for roofing repairs. Keep in mind that doing your own roof repairs can be dangerous, and it can also void your home warranty if you have one. Err on the side of caution and allow the pros to do their jobs.
If after visually inspecting your roof, you suspect roof damage is the case…
The sooner it is taken care of, the less the damage will spread, and the fewer expenses the homeowner will encounter.
Better to be safe than sorry, and it’s always better to prepare sooner than later.