Roofing systems are durable by design, with some lasting for over 20 years. Of course, the longevity of your roof depends on a variety of factors like material, maintenance and weather. Sometimes, despite being made from highly durable materials, your roof may still suffer from damage caused by harsh wind or hailstorms so you need to look for damage on a regular basis.
What to Check
You can perform a quick outdoor inspection to look for obvious signs of damage. Typically, these include missing or damaged shingles as well as loss of granulation. Damaged shingles might be cracked, torn or curled. Keep in mind that these types of damage can usually be seen from the ground so as much as possible don’t attempt to climb onto your roof.
For a more thorough inspection, it’s best to call a roofer and have them closely check for the following:
- Tears or buckling around roof penetrations
- Crumbling of roofing cement
- Clogged or damaged vents
- Loose, leaning or missing chimney flashing
Your roofer should also perform an indoor inspection. They should look for moisture marks as well as yellow, brown or gray stains. Peeling paint on walls or ceilings can also be a sign of wind or hail damage. If you conduct regular roof maintenance, you’ll notice that these are also the things that contractors typically check. And, even though you have already done an inspection prior to the storm, it’s still recommended to have your roof inspected after a storm.
Hiring the Right Contractor
Avoid dealing with storm chasers. For your peace of mind, you should consider hiring local-based businesses that remain accessible all year round. Of course, don’t forget to check their qualifications and insurance. You may also find it helpful to see what their previous clients think of the quality of their services. Ask for testimonials or check online reviews about the company.
Roof Masters provides top-notch products and workmanship to local homeowners. From roof repair to siding replacement, you can count on us for quality results. Call us at (301) 230-7663, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve customers in Montgomery County, MD.