Do You Need To Get Your Roof Inspected After A Storm?

Living in Florida, we see more damaging storms yearly than many Americans. After the storms pass and the weather begins to clear, the assessment of the aftermath begins. Sometimes, damage is obvious. Missing shingles, tree debris, and broken or damaged gutters are hard to miss. But storm damage is not always as clearly present as these examples. This is why it is important to have a to-do list when it comes to surveying damage to your home after a storm.

It’s advisable to get your roof inspected by a professional after a storm, especially if the storm involved heavy winds, hail, or significant rainfall. Storms (especially tropical storms and hurricanes) can cause various degrees of damage to a roof, some of which might not be immediately obvious but can lead to more significant issues over time. 

A professional inspection can uncover hidden damage that isn’t visible from the ground or to the untrained eye, such as small cracks, missing granules from asphalt shingles, or slight displacements that could lead to leaks. Even minor roof damage can allow water to seep into your home, causing damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and electrical systems. Early detection can prevent these potentially costly repairs.

If the storm caused significant damage, you might need to file an insurance claim. An inspection provides the documentation needed to support your claim, detailing the extent and cause of the damage. Even if the damage doesn’t require significant repairs or replacement, knowing the condition of your roof after a storm can provide peace of mind. If the inspection reveals no damage, you can rest easy knowing your roof is still in good shape. If repairs are needed, addressing them promptly can prevent more serious issues.

Additionally, some roofing warranties require regular inspections and maintenance. Following a severe storm, having a professional inspection can ensure that you remain compliant with any warranty terms, protecting your investment.

When choosing a professional for a post-storm inspection, be wary of “storm chasers” or contractors who appear unsolicited after a storm offering to perform repairs, as they may not provide quality work or follow through on warranties. Be sure you use a reputable, licensed roofing contractor with experience in storm damage assessments. We can offer you a free inspection to help you get the peace of mind you’re looking for after a storm, or anytime!