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Taking a close look after the storm: Perform a Roof Inspection

Updated on May 16, 2014

How to be proactive and not reactive

These recent storms have created a lot of problems in Michigan, from downed power lines to uprooted trees. But the most common type or problem most of our customers have had to deal with involve roofing.

The obvious problems are easy enough to spot, such as shingles missing, holes, or gutter damage. But there are many other signs that you need to look out for which are more subtle and can be easily overlooked. If these issues are not addressed in a timely fashion they can lead to bigger problems down the road, from major leaks all the way to wood rot and structural damage.

Global warming has contributed to some extreme weather conditions lately and there are instances in which entire subdivisions have suffered severe damage overnight. Some of these homes literally look like they had been shot at with a rifle; with hail the size of gulf balls and moving as fast as a bullet it is easy to imagine the damage it can do to your property. Yet, as hard as it may be to believe, hail damage is not always as obvious as it may seem it should be. It can leave behind small indentations in the shingles that you would need to get up on the roof and closely inspect to see.

This is one reason why it is always better to call out the professionals after a major storm. It is not worth risking your life by going up onto the roof yourself without the proper safety equipment or experience. The number of fatalities reported from people falling off of ladders has tripled in the last decade. However, this is definitely not something you want to ignore either just because it may not be causing any immediate issues.

These little indentations leave your roof vulnerable to the elements making it easier for the sun to cook the shingles and for the rain to seep in slowly. Hail also causes the surface granules to come off leading to the exact same type of problem just mentioned. You may notice these fallen granules coming out of downspout or collecting in your gutters. Once the shingle has started decomposing there is no turning back, it is just going to keep deteriorating quicker as time passes.

Reputable roofing companies will come out to perform a free inspection for you so take advantage of this service. It is much easier to be proactive about a potential problem instead of being reactive when you start seeing interior issues. Many times the insurance company will cover a large portion of, if not all, the cost incurred in roofing repairs or replacements required because of storm damage.

Obvious Hail Damage

Subtle Hail Damage

Loose Shingle Granules

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