Having a leaking roof on your home can cause all sorts of damage to the interior of your home.Getting roof repair as quickly as possible can help to stop much of the damage caused by a roof leak. Noticing a leak on the interior of your home certainly means you’ve got a problem going on. If you notice a leak on the interior of your home it can be a roof leak or a plumbing issue. In either case you’ll need to hire a plumber or a roofing contractor to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. There are times however when roof damage has occurred and the home owner doesn’t notice a leak on the inside of the home. In this article I’ll discuss some tips for finding roof damages before they start leaking in your home and how you can prevent it. So, if the roof on your Michigan home is damaged or you need help to see the damages, then please continue reading and let us here at Frame2Finish help you!
Is the Roof on Your Michigan Home Damaged and in Need of Repairs?
A storm can have devastating effects on your home’s roof. In fact, most roofs that are damaged are damaged because of storms with winds associated with them. The wind can break and damage roofing materials which eventually lead to a roof leaking. Knowing how to inspect your home’s roof after roof damage has occurred and getting roof repair as soon as possible can help to prevent damage to the interior of your home. The following tips will help you determine if your home has roof damage because of a storm.
Don’t Go On Your Home’s Roof
I wanted to mention before I get into the tips for roof damage about going onto your home’s roof. You should not go onto the roof yourself and inspect the roof. Falling from your roof can seriously injure you or even kill you. If you suspect your home’s roof is damaged it’s best to call a professional roof repair contractor to inspect it. Most of the tips below can be done from the ground. If you really want a closer look at an area of your roof you can always use a drone. Inspect areas without putting yourself in danger of falling from the roof with a drone.
There are several threats to a home’s roof that can lead to a roof leak. Most are associated with storms and wind. Here are a few examples of how a roof can be damaged by weather:
- Falling limbs and debris can puncture roofing materials leading to a roof leak
- Roofing materials are broken and blown away from the roof causing a roof leak
- Ice build up on roof can cause roof ice dams which can lead to a roof leak
These are just a few ways your home can have a damaged roof. I’ll go over how to look for these damages below.
Inspect the Roof for Fallen Limbs or Debris
Most times after a storm you’re able to quickly identify broken limbs or debris that has fallen on the roof. If the limb is large enough to puncture the roof then getting a roof inspection done to determine if the limb or debris actually caused a problem is a must.
Check the Lawn for Roofing Materials
After a storm has passed through and your home has experienced damage there is usually remnants of the damage in the yard. After a storm has passed be sure to check your yard for pieces of shingles or other roofing materials. Ensure that the shingle is from your home as it may be from a neighbors home. If you do find pieces of shingles and it matches your roof it’s best to get a roofing inspection to ensure your roof is okay. Usually when you find these pieces of shingles you’ll also see discoloration as detailed below.
If you do find pieces of shingles and it matches your roof it’s best to get a roofing inspection to ensure your roof is okay.
Look for Discoloration on Your Home’s Roof
When your home has damage on the roof and shingles that are damaged and blown away it’s usually because of wind. One way to determine this is by looking at the shingles that are on the roof. Finding spots that are much darker than the rest of the roof is an indication of roof damage. This is because the outer layer of roofing material has been removed and the underlying roofing materials are exposed. Getting a roofing inspection done will help to determine if your roof was actually damaged or not. Either way, it’s a good idea to get a roofing inspection done at least once per year. You’ll be able to find these problems before they become a complete disaster.