How to Assess Your Roof for Storm Damage

Storm damage can occur in any season, whether it’s caused by hail in the spring or heavy arctic winds in the dead of winter. While your roof is constructed to hold up against mother nature’s onslaught, over time damage and wear and tear naturally occur. Roofing problems usually start out very small, but if left unchecked, they can grow significantly bothersome and even dangerous to your home’s structure. That’s why it’s important to inspect your roof for problems after every storm and contact our roofing professionals at North Shore Roofing if you spot anything amiss.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Storm Damage

No one likes having to spend money on repairs or a service call, but sometimes it’s the best option to prevent higher costs or damage down the line. Roofing issues that are not treated early on will usually only get worse as the seasons pass. Damaged shingles allow water from rain and melted snow to find its way inside your roof space. Roofing experts recommend inspecting your roof carefully after any storm or prolonged period of bad weather. That way, problems can be identified and treated before they have the potential to lead to significant damage to the structure of not only your roof, but the rest of your home.

Signs of Storm Damage

Different types of storm damage present a hazard for your roof. Debris torn from trees, such as branches and smaller sticks, can pelt your roof and cause issues that may or may not be visible if you give your roof an inspection yourself. Signs of damage include:

  • Curling or Lifted Shingles – If your shingles are curling up at the edges, are warped, or appear to be lifted slightly off of the surface of your roof, that’s allowing water to get into your roof space. Damaged shingles should always be replaced by a professional roofing company as soon as possible to lower the risk of major structural damage to your home.
  • Broken or Missing Shingles – A more serious version of the previous problem is when some of your shingles become broken or missing altogether. This allows a great deal of moisture to come inside where it doesn’t belong.
  • Granule Accumulation in Gutters: Your roof has granules on top of the shingles that protect them from sun and water damage. These granules are very important to the health of your roof. Over time, especially with significant rainfall, these granules can wear away and end up in your gutters or runoffs. If your roof granules become too sparse, they may need to be replaced.

Inspecting Your Roof for Trouble

Slowly walk around your home while looking at the condition of your shingles. If you see any trouble spots, you can get up on a ladder to look closer. Check the condition of your gutters, ensuring that they are clear of obstructions and firmly attached to your roof with no broken or damaged segments. If you notice any potential issues, it’s time to call a roofing professional, such as North Shore Roofing, to proceed. The longer you wait to have your roof inspected and repaired, the greater the damage (and the resulting costs) may be.

With over 25 years of experience in the roofing industry, North Shore Roofing has the right solution for any storm-related damage to your residential or commercial roof. Contact us for assistance anywhere in Boston by calling 978-977-3816.