by Todd Ellner
March 28, 2018 Home Maintenance

Thinking of the best way to spot roof damage in its early stages (before causing more serious problems)?

As home builders, we know from experience that prevention is better than treatment. It’s better to replace a few shingles at the right time than install a new roof, right?

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can spot roof damage and fix it before it’s too late.

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How wind causes roof damage

Here’s what you need to know: the effect of wind moving over a roof is anything but uniform.

Roof damage starts at the edge and moves to the center. The corners of the roof are more affected by strong winds and storms than the center of the roof.

Another important thing to keep in mind is this: wind can easily affect any part of the roof where the material is even a little bit loose. Wind can easily get underneath loose shingles and push them up, thus giving the blast more room to grab onto – also known as “the chain peeling effect”.

In most cases, roof damage starts small and grows over time through repeated exposure to wind. That’s why it’s best to check your roof for damage, especially after a storm.

Did you know… ? Tree branches often get carried around by the wind and scratch the roofing materials – especially during severe blizzards.

Tip: Keep your trees trimmed and away from your roof. This way you can avoid falling branches from overhanging trees to cause roof damage.

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Practical steps: how to check for roof damage after severe weather

1. Start with an outdoor inspection

During the outdoor inspection look for missing or cracked shingles on both your roof and around the entire property. In addition, make sure to also check the chimney, the ventilation pipes and the gutters.

Here’s a list of what you should look for, depending on various types and roofing materials:

  • Composition shingles – look for broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Wood shingles – look for any signs of mold, decay or curling
  • Flat roofs – pay attention to patches, cracks or tears

Important roofing elements you should inspect:

  • Flashings – look for any sign of tears
  • Roofing cement – look for crumbling cement
  • Soffits & fascia – pay attention to stains
  • Soffits & ridge vents – search for clogged or damaged vents
  • Gutters – look for rust, leaks or bends. Check to see if there are missing sections of gutters as well
  • Chimney – pay attention to missing flashing, damaged bricks or cracks
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Flashing helps direct the flow of water around openings

2. Continue with an indoor inspection

Here are some of the indoor signs of roof damage:

  • Moisture marks
  • Stains (different colors: yellow, brown, grey)
  • Peeling paint – check the walls or ceiling
  • Leaks in the attic

Hire professionals to fix your roof

Roof damage can go from one missing shingle to massive issues (that require a complete roof replacement) in no time. It’s best to let professionals take of your roof – as they have the experience and and the knowledge needed to bring your roof to its initial shape.

The longer you wait, the more damaged your roof can get – we’re sure you don’t want that. Plus, fixing your roof when you notice a small issue is way less expensive than waiting for more damage to pile up.

Call 908-206-4659 now and ask to talk to one of our roof experts for a free roof evaluation.

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