post storm roof inspection

Your Post-Storm Roof Checklist

Do You Need Roof Repairs? Consult Our Post-Storm Checklist First

Like most other regions of the United States, Central Texas experiences its share of weather events and natural disasters. From severe hailstorms, tornadoes, and tropical storm remnants to the frequent summer thunderstorms that commonly pop up in the afternoons, wind, hail, and rain are common occurrences in the area. Unfortunately, these storms can cause significant damage to your home’s exterior. 

So, what do you do if a storm passes through your area? Consult our Storm Damage Guide (and view our Storm Damage Checklist) to find out.

Your Storm Damage Guide

First, remember to stay inside until the storm has passed. While you wait, browse this guide to the different types of storm damage and learn what steps you should take after the storm ends. Then, assess which types of weather events were contained within the storm, so you know what sort of damage to look for.

Local storms often contain the following types of weather events:

  • Heavy winds. While tornadic winds rotate in a circular motion and can range anywhere from 40 to over 300 mph, the devastation they cause in a roofing system has a relatively wide range. Similarly, hurricane or tropical storm-force winds can range from 39 to over 75 mph, sustained, and can cause a variety of damage types and levels. Sustained winds cause visible damage, including torn and missing shingles, damage to roof underlayment, and exposure of decking and waterproofing layers to the elements. 

Even less severe storms can cause sudden wind gusts that can damage shingles. Winds can lift shingles away from the decking or curl their edges. This separation between the shingles and underlayment disturbs the watertight seal and can make rainwater much more likely to reach the roof decking and infiltrate your home.
  • Damaging hail. If your roof was already aged or deteriorated, even small hail could cause further damage. Larger, dime- to quarter-sized hail can leave dents and loosen or remove the protective granules that keep your shingles safe from sun damage. Even larger hail can break or crack shingles, underlayment, and roof decking, and allow moisture to infiltrate your home.

  • Harmful debris. Heavy winds and hail can cause debris like tree limbs to blow or fall onto your roof’s surface. Larger debris can puncture, tear, or otherwise damage the surface of your shingles. These areas are more susceptible to further damage or water intrusion.

  • Pools of standing water. After a storm, debris on your roof can cause water to gather. Alternatively, if your roof drains poorly, water can pool in uneven areas. Even incidences like clogged gutters can allow rainwater to back up underneath your shingles and infiltrate your home.
  • Post-Storm Task #1—Your Inspection Checklist

    After the storm ends, head outside and visually inspect your roof from the ground using this checklist. Please note—on-roof inspections are risky and should be conducted by a professional; if you see damage that requires closer examination, schedule an appointment with your roofing contractor.

    Walk the perimeter of your home, paying close attention to the following areas:

  • Roof — take note of any storm damage, including missing, dented, torn, or curled shingles. It may be helpful to view areas of your roof from second-story windows to check for debris, standing water, and damaged shingles. 

  • Gutters and vents — check for loose, hanging, or dented roofing accessories like gutters and vents. Also, check window frames for dents, loose weather stripping, and cracked or broken glass. 

  • Other outside areas — assess the area outside your home for tree limbs and other debris, and check for damage to landscaping, lawn furniture, and other elements. Also, flat, finished surfaces like patios, decks, and more can be assessed for hail damage and standing water. 

  • Interior areas — once you’re finished outside, go back inside and inspect your light fixtures, attic, and ceilings for any signs of water damage. Damage from the storm can result in water infiltration later, so be sure to watch for additional leaks and water spots that appear in the days and weeks after the storm.
  • Post-Storm Task #2—Speak With a Professional Roofing Contractor

    If you can observe storm damage after performing the above checklist, it’s important to schedule further inspection and repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage. After a significant storm in the area, traveling roofing companies often go door-to-door, offering their services. For the most part, if their deals appear too good to be true, they likely are. 

Instead, rely on a trusted roofing contractor. Find an certified contractor with plenty of experience inspecting, repairing, and installing roofs. This way, you’ll not only receive a certified inspection from a professional, but you’ll also get an honest assessment/estimate of your repair/replacement options and quality work to back it up. 

    Post-Storm Task #3—Contact Your Insurance Provider

    If repairs are necessary, it’s important to contact your homeowner’s insurance provider as soon as possible. You’ll need to file a claim accurately and quickly to ensure proper coverage of the repairs based on your insurance policy. In most cases, your insurance provider can work directly with your chosen roofing contractor to determine your home’s needs after a storm. 

Your homeowner’s insurance will likely send an adjuster to your home to determine the extent of the damage caused by the storm. In some cases, however, your notes and a professional roofing inspection can also be used to determine your needs.

    Do You Have Storm Damage? Contact Red Owl Roofing

    After the storm, finding a local, Austin trusted roofing contractor is critical. You’ll need to schedule an inspection and repairs quickly to prevent further damage to your roofing system and avoid the excess water infiltration that can damage your property and put your family at risk. Fortunately, for residents in Central Texas, there’s a clear choice for quality roofing work. 

Red Owl Roofing is a certified contractor with over 35 years in the business and a full team of licensed, certified roofing professionals. Whether repair or replacement is in your future, our quality workmanship speaks for itself—inquire about our 50-year lifetime warranty for your new roof. For more information or to schedule a post-storm inspection, contact Red Owl Roofing today.