Although you can look at your roof with binoculars or a drone, there's nothing as good as walking the roof and doing a close visual inspection. Getting up on the roof also allows you to test the deck for weak and spongy areas. If you don't feel comfortable climbing up on your roof, then you should hire a roofing contractor to inspect it periodically, especially after a storm with hail. Here are some types of roof damage you might not see from the ground and why it's important to get repairs.
Rodent And Raccoon Damage
Rodents can sometimes chew through your roof. Their holes are so small, you might not see them from the ground. Roof rats in particular love high places and will jump on your roof from tree tops. If they sense warmth or food on the other side, they can chew through wood and other building materials to get inside your attic. You want these holes plugged up right away to keep the rats and other pests out of your home.
Raccoons can also be very destructive to your roof. Their holes can be quite large and you may even spot raccoon damage from the ground without binoculars. Sometimes, their holes can be hidden in valleys or near a chimney so you have no idea they are there. Since these holes can be large, they should be repaired right away to keep out birds, raccoons, rats, and other pests. Plus, a big hole will let in a lot of rain and cause water damage in your attic.
Hail Damage To Shingles
Hail damage is difficult to spot unless you're trained to detect it. Sometimes, a shingle might crack when struck by hail, but more often, the damage is to the back of the shingle rather than the front. There might be excess shedding of granules from the front and dent marks that don't look too serious. However, that hides the real damage to the back of the shingles. When your roof is damaged by hail, it is at a greater risk of leaking. You may run into problems later on and then it will be too late to file an insurance claim. If you've had a recent storm with big hail, you should have your roof inspected so it can be repaired or replaced during the window allotted by your insurance company.
Loose Flashing And Worn Seals
The protrusions through your roof are prime areas for leaks to develop. Rubber seals around pipes can crack and allow rain to seep through. Flashing can work loose or be torn up by a raccoon. One thing the roofer will check is flashing to make sure it is seated properly and tightly sealed. If it's not, repairs should be done or every time it rains, water will leak inside the roof and do damage to the deck or your attic.
Any time you see signs of loose or damaged shingles, you should call a roofer for repairs so the damage doesn't escalate. If you can't inspect the roof yourself, then call a roofer to do the job so you aren't living with roof damage you're unaware of.Share
2 May 2018
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.