Roof damage after a storm

When nature's in a bad mood your roof can suffer the effects. Rainwater leaking through your roof can cause serious structural problems, so always check for damage after a major storm.

How to check for roof damage

It's not a good idea to climb onto the roof surface as it may be structurally unstable after a storm. A safe way to check for possible damage is to survey the roof using binoculars or field glasses.

Try to get as close to the roof as possible either by using a ladder or ascending an adjacent building. If in doubt, call in a professional to make sure everything is as it should be.

What to look out for

  • Torn or missing roof shingles
  • Exposed fibreglass in asphalt shingles
  • Dented metal roof vents
  • Missing metal roof panels
  • Broken or out of place tiles
  • Signs of water caused by leaks through the roof deck into the attic

How to repair roof damage

Working up high can be dangerous and the work can be quite tricky. So we recommend that you get a professional in to repair your roof. To avoid further damage while waiting for the fix, you should:

  • Lay plastic sheeting over any possessions that are below a leak
  • Make sure roof drains and hoppers aren't blocked up

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