Your home’s exterior consists of various components that work together to withstand different weather conditions. They do more than boost visual appeal as they keep their inhabitants safe and secure from the elements. Of course, this doesn’t mean your exteriors are invincible to damage, so when a bad storm hits your area, one of the first things you should do is to check for signs of damage.
Most types of weather damage are visible. They can range from punctured siding and missing shingles to fallen tree branches and gaping holes on your roof. Even if your roof seems relatively intact, don’t assume it came through the storm unscathed. There are some types of damage that can be easy to miss, and if they’re not taken care of, they can slowly compromise your roof’s ability to protect your home.
Of course, it also helps to learn what should be completed when looking for hidden storm damage on your home’s exterior. Bone Dry Roofing – West shares how you can prepare for this:
Before Inspecting Your Home Exterior
When checking out the roof and the rest of your home’s exterior, you must ensure you’re using the right safety equipment for the job. If you’re planning to check the roof, you must have a sturdy ladder that can be placed firmly on dry, solid ground so that it won’t sink or slip. Be cautious when climbing your roof, as it can be slippery, especially after a recent storm. Make sure to look at the roof surface closely as well when checking for damage, because the algae won’t always be easy to spot but can still make the surface slippery.
If you prefer, you can also look for damage from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Alternatively, call Bone Dry Roofing – West to schedule an appointment for a free storm inspection!
Look for Hidden Weather Damage
A damaged roof won’t be in its best condition to keep your home safe from the weather elements. If not addressed, the damage can lead to water leaking into the inner wood components resulting in rotted wood. To check for wind damage, look closely along the roof edges and see if there are any lifted or missing shingles. This damage may seem minor now, but given time, the lifted shingles can become even looser until they fall out due to the changing weather. To avoid this, have the lifted shingles addressed by a licensed roofer like Bone Dry Roofing – West.
Inspect the Inner Roofing Structure
Even if the exterior looks relatively intact, you should still check the inner structure for hidden damage. For instance, the wooden components of your roof’s inner structure can still get damaged by leaks, hail, or even natural deterioration. Other signs of damage include water stains on the ceilings and walls, which can indicate leaks from the outer roof surface as well as sunlight shining through the attic from small holes punctured by hailstones.
Bone Dry Roofing – West is one of the most reputable roofing contractors in Fort Collins, CO, and the surrounding communities. Call us today at (970) 364-7996, or fill out our online contact form to get started.