When a storm passes through and your home is still left standing afterwards, of course you breathe a sigh of relief. But while you can look over the walls, windows, and basement to make sure they are all fine, you can't generally get a good and complete look at the roof afterwards. It is important to call a roofing contractor to do so. Here's why.
They'll check for hail damage.
If the storm brought any hail with it, there is a chance some of your shingles are dented and damaged. They'll quickly lose their granules after hail damage (if they have not already), which can eventually lead to leaks and more extensive damage. You sometimes have to look at shingles at a specific angle to see hail damage, so looking up at the roof from the ground is not good enough. You'll need a roofer to climb up there and examine things more closely.
They'll make sure the flashing is intact.
Flashing is the metal sheeting that is wrapped around chimneys and sometimes nestled in valleys. Since it is large and lightweight, it can easily get caught and peeled away by wind. It's not always easy to tell if it is missing, especially from the ground. Your roofer can check for missing flashing and replace it if needed, which will keep the roofing around your chimney and other elements from leaking and suffering damage.
They'll secure any lifted shingles.
Sometimes a storm lifts shingles up without totally carrying them away. You won't always know this has happened until another storm rolls in and blows them off completely or drives water underneath them. It's easier for your roofer to secure the loose shingles with a few nails than to wait till they're completely gone and leaking to replace them.
They'll make sure all your vents are clear.
Storm winds can blow things like leaves and little sticks into roof vents. This will block the vents, which will result in heat being trapped in your home's attic. This, in turn, can lead to the formation of ice dams in the winter, along with premature shingle damage. Cleaning the vents out is easy, but your roofer has to know there's an issue to do it.
After a big storm, it is a really good idea to have a residential roofing company come take a look at your home. They'll complete the tasks above and save you a lot of headaches.