How to Tell if Your Roof is Damaged

bad-underlaymentAugust is wrapping up, which means there's only one month left in Arizona's turbulent monsoon season.  As we make our transition into autumn, you might be wondering if the previous season's storms caused any roof damage that may rear its ugly head as the winter marches near. Whether or not your roof has been damaged by previous storms, or will be susceptible to future leaks, it's important to keep your roof's health top of mind and keep an eye out for damage.

Tiny, insignificant warning signs might go unnoticed if not examined with the proper eye, so we always recommend getting a free, no obligation roof evaluation if you're worried about roof damage, or are seeking true peace of mind from a professional. But there are some easy steps every homeowner can take to analyze their roof for damage. We go over a few of these simple ways to tell if your roof is damaged below.

Outdoor Inspections

Any homeowner can preform regular and easy roof check ups. One of the easiest and quickest ways we recommend doing this is at ground level. Take a look up at your roof to assess the health of your shingles or tiles. If some are noticeably damaged or missing from street view, you should have a roofing contractor perform a free roof inspection to determine the extent of the damage. You can also put a ladder to the side of your roof for more of an up-close look, but we recommend doing this only if you're comfortable on a ladder.

In extreme cases, shingles can sometimes be found in the front yard or in the road. Monsoon winds can be severe and rip parts of a roof off, so also inspecting the area around your house can be insightful to the condition of your roof.

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Indoor Inspections

Leaks are one of the easiest ways to tell something is wrong with your roof and it's not necessarily something we're used to here in the Valley of the Sun. After a storm, we recommend doing a quick evaluation of your walls and roof. If you notice a leak, stain, or mold beginning to form, it's important to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible so the issue doesn't progress. Water damage can be hard to spot with an untrained eye, so getting a second opinion from a professional is typically recommended. A lot of roofers also offer free roof evaluations, so you don't have much to lose for peace of mind.

Wind and Tree Damage

If you have any plants or trees near your roof, analyzing them for wind and storm damage could be a clue into whether or not your roof has also been impacted. High monsoon winds can cause branches to break off, or even make trees fall over. If you notice any severe damage to nearby trees, there's a much higher chance that your roof was also harmed. 

Keeping up with yard work, like trimming and maintaining your trees, will pay off when warding off future storm damage. Having branches hang over your roof also gives animals, like rats, easy access to your home. This relatively simple act of yard work can pay off exponentially when it comes to roof repairs and replacements, especially during monsoon season.

 

Whether or not your roof has been damaged during this year's monsoon season, keeping an eye on its overall health will save you time and money in the long run. If you've been considering having your roof looked at, now's the time to act! Contact us through the button below to request your free site evaluation.

 

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