No matter what the season, the weather in Virginia can have its brutal moments.
Winter snows and summer storms, with their heavy winds, hail and rains, can wreak havoc on your home’s roof. That is why you need to perform a roof inspection periodically.
We offer this Virginia Storm Damage Repair Checklist as a guide in helping you know what to look for in your roof inspection.
Virginia Storm Damage Repair Checklist
Do a Visual Roof Scan
Walk around the house and look up at the roof and supporting structures to note any obvious storm damage. Using a ladder, climb up to inspect the roof at closer range. Look for missing, torn or damaged shingles or tiles, debris, punctures, missing or damage flashing, and other problems that should be fixed quickly. Inspect the area around skylights and their seals for leaks.
Look for Leaks
Water can seep in through your roof from even the tiniest holes. After a storm, go into the attic and check light fixtures, around windows, and along the ceiling for water leaks.
After a storm, debris is often washed into the gutters, causing them to clog up. Check the water flow and clean out the gutters if necessary. Ensure that they are still securely fastened to the house and look for dents, holes or other storm damage.
Examine the Chimney
Storms can wreak havoc on chimney structures. Look for broken bricks, missing or cracked mortar, and alignment of the chimney to the house. If it look like it is leaning, have it checked by a professional. Replace damaged or missing chimney caps.
Check the weather seals around windows and doors. They may have become loosened or even blown off during a Virginia storm. Look for broken or cracked windows, especially in attic windows where you may not visit often. Inspect for torn or damaged window screens.
Review your HVAC Equipment
Examine your heating and air conditioning unit for damage and remove debris that may have fallen on or become lodged in your equipment.
Remove Storm Damage Debris
Following a storm, torn tree limbs, branches and leaves can litter the ground and roof. Remove these quickly to prevent further problems. If a tree has been damaged, prune away parts that may fall and create damage at a future date. Most homeowner’s insurance does not cover pre-existing tree problems such as broken limbs or dead trees.
Did You Know?
According to the National Weather Service, more than $4.2 billion in damage was caused by hazardous weather in the United States in 2015. After a storm, take a few minutes to run down your Virginia Storm Damage Checklist. Preventing problems, or catching them early, can save you headaches and money in the future.
If you are in a storm-damaged area, please review these tips for staying safe after a storm.
Free Virginia Storm Damage Roof Inspections
If you do spot damage to your roof while using your Virginia Storm Damage Repair Checklist, please contact SmartRoof [https://smartroofinc.com/], your contractor for roofing, siding and home improvement services in Northern Virginia. We are glad to perform a free roof inspection following a storm.
Contact SmartRoof for Roofing Inspections and Repairs
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provides recommendations for securing your home against severe weather. However, if you do find damage to your roof following a storm, SmartRoof will be glad to fix it. We can also offer you a complete roof replacement, gutter repairs and other contracting services.
It is our goal to ensure that your home is not only safe and secure, but beautiful as well.