Some circumstances are out of our control. Natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes, heavy rains and other weather-related occurrences happen. These are the things that cause corrosion and other damage to your roof. Your roof protects you from the elements and in the process, takes a beating. Roof problems should not occur very often if it was installed properly and maintained well. Part of good maintenance is doing visual inspections yourself at least once a year. Here are some ways to help you with the inspection.
1. Check for leaks
The first thing you need to look for, are leaks. Water stains on ceilings or walls are your first indication of a problem. Contact a roofing company to do an assessment. Also, talk to your insurance broker and check that your policy covers water damage. Don’t wait too long to take action. When leaks are left unattended, it can cause more problems and eventually cost you a lot of money.
2. Check the ground
Damages to your roof can easily be spotted by looking for bits of shingles or other roof materials on the ground. Check the parts where the wall and roof connect to see if it is still sealed. Heavy rain and the wind can easily damage these areas and start leaks.
3. Tree problem
Look out for trees that might become a problem. This means a tree that loses heavy branches on the roof or that might fall on the house and roof during strong winds and storms. Tree damage to a roof can be very costly. Depending on the damage, you might have to replace the roof altogether. If there are any trees that can potentially harm your house, take precautions to help prevent this.
If you notice any of these three things, contact your insurance company immediately so they can send a roofing contractor to assess the extent of the damage and have it fixed.