Winter weather can take a toll on your home’s roof and cause it to wear down faster than expected. As the snow melts and warmer temperatures set in, the perfect opportunity arises to check your roof for storm damage. This is an important task to add to your to-do list as your roof is a crucial element of your home’s structure and needs to be in good shape to function properly.
What to Look For
Some storm damage – like a branch crashing onto your roof – is obvious. But, more subtle indications of storm damage can be hard to notice. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for. Here are a few key signs of roof damage:
A Bouncy Roof
If you can, get up onto your roof and walk on it carefully. If the roof feels soft and spongy beneath your feet, your roof likely needs to be replaced. This bouncy effect is caused by a weakened underlayment, which can happen when water seeps inside your roof’s structure during a heavy storm or as ice and snow melt.
Missing & Broken Shingles
Strong winds can rip shingles off your roof during a storm, leaving your home in a weakened state. Take a look at your roof and see if you notice any bare spots where shingles have been torn away. Depending on the number of missing shingles, the roof may need to be replaced.
Water Stains Inside Your Home
Sometimes, roof damage is more noticeable inside your home than out. If you see water stains on your ceilings or notice moisture in your attic, you probably have a leak. Some roof leaks can be repaired, but extensive leak issues may require a full roof replacement.
Consult with a Professional
If you have cause for concern about your roofing system, contact Harley Exteriors. We are an experienced roofing contractor that has been serving Seattle-area homeowners since 2002. One of our licensed technicians will be happy to meet with you for a consultation, during which we’ll inspect your current roof and talk about your options for a replacement. Contact us today to get started.