Taking a close look after the storm: Perform a Roof Inspection

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Take a close look at your roof after these storms

 

These recent storms have created a lot of problems in Michigan, from downed power lines to uprooted trees. But the most common type or problem most of our customers have had to deal with involve roofing.

The obvious problems are easy enough to spot, such as shingles missing, holes, or gutter damage. But there are many other signs you need to look out for that are subtle and can be easily overlooked. If these issues are not addressed in a timely fashion they can lead to bigger problems down the road, from major leaks all the way to wood rot and structural damage.

There have been emergency calls from entire subdivisions that all required immediate installation of a tarp because of the storm damage. Some of these home literally looked like they had been shot up with a rifle as the hail hit them so hard. But hail damage is not always so obvious; it can leave small indentations in the shingles that you would need to get up on the roof to see.

This is why it is always better to call out the professionals after a major storm. It is not worth the risk going up there yourself without the proper safety equipment or precautions and it is definitely not something you want to ignore just because it is not causing any immediate issues.

These little indentations leave your roof vulnerable to the elements making it easier for the sun to cook the shingles and for the rain to seep in slowly. Once the shingle has started decomposing there is no turning back, it is just going to keep deteriorating with time.

Some roofing companies will come out and perform a free inspection for you so take advantage of that service.