Winter is here, and while the chances of a severe storm are minimal, it is something we all have to be aware of and prepare for. Should a storm hit, there is a strong chance you will have some damage of some sort to your roof. Under no circumstances should you attempt to climb on the roof without appropriate safety gear or training. Even if the storm has passed, there is still a chance of serious injury. Follow our instructions instead.
As soon as it is safe enough to go outside, stand where you can see the roof. Take notes of anything that you may see as potential damage. If you have a small ladder, and again, if it is safe, get a closer look at what damage is there. Take pictures if you can as this will help us get an idea before we come out to inspect ourselves.
While shingle damage will be obvious, it still deserves a closer look. Here are the top things to note.
• Missing shingles or large sections of missing shingles. These will be obvious, but there may be more than one location, so be sure to check the entire roof.
• Damaged shingles are a bit harder to notice. Look for missing colored portions on each shingle.
• Cracks and bubbling are signs of potential water damage. If a freeze warning is in effect or on the way, taking care of these issues is paramount.
Check both sides of the roof
The outside of the roof is only one part to check. Go into the attic and see what damage is there.
• Water streaks – This is the most common element to look for;
• Mold and mildew – Even in the winter, mold and mildew can grow;
• Rusted nails and metal – This will be obvious but may be hard to see.
Whatever you do, please do not attempt any repairs on your own. Call us at Drew’s Roofing and Home Repair for help. Climbing on a roof is dangerous. Climbing on a roof in the winter without training or gear could lead to serious injury. Thanks for a great 2016, and we look forward to working with you in 2017.
Contact the professional roofer at Drews Roofing and Home Repair. Call (910) 845-2207 to request for an estimate and assessment of your roof after a storm.