Hurricanes have the capacity to wipe out towns and cause irreparable damage; a number of areas in North America were affected by Hurricane Florence in mid-September 2018 and while the hurricane lost steam by the time it reached Canada, it led to thunderstorms and heavy winds in parts of Eastern Canada including Toronto. That is why, getting a roofing inspection of your residential or commercial space after the hurricane may be a good idea as strong winds may have caused considerable or slight damage to the roof, which may need repair. Besides, a roofing inspection ensures that the roof is sturdy enough to withstand strong winds and rain and it doesn’t hurt to fix something now than repent later.
Roof Inspection Checklist
A quick look at the roof can say a lot about its strength and although you can do minor fixes on your own, although, the lesser foot traffic on your roof the better. Keeping a simple checklist will make it easy to spot and repair apparent damages like:
- Broken or blistered shingles
- Missing shingles
- Loose nails
- Missing caulk
- Granule loss on shingles
- Corroded metal flashing
- Cracks in the chimney
- Accumulation of moss or lichen
- Rubber boots on pipes
- Broken gutters and downspouts
Early warning signs of interior damage include water seepage, mold, outside light seeping through, leaks around chimneys and wet spots close to the fireplace.
Why Is Regular Roof Inspection Necessary?
Yearly residential and commercial roofing inspection ensures that slight damage doesn’t escalate to a level where the entire roof needs to be replaced. Regular maintenance also includes a record of your roof’s health that may be useful while making insurance claims that the damage was in fact done by the thunderstorm or hurricane.
Preventive inspection of the roof can make a big difference during unexpected events like a hurricane or severe thunderstorms and it may cost a little now but it will save you from bigger expenses in the future.