Even though Michigan sees fewer thunderstorms on average compared to the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean we don’t see weather events strong enough to damage roofs. From tornadoes, hailstorms, high winds, and heavy snowfalls, you know storms can play havoc with your roof in multiple ways. This is why we’re covering critical areas on a roof that every homeowner should check after a storm to ensure that the roof on your Linden, MI, home lasts as long as possible.
While your roof might appear undamaged on the outside, you may have unseen leaks that are easier to find from the inside. The easiest way to find a leak is to go up into your attic on a rainy day, but signs of leaks include mold or water stains. Other signs you may have had a leak for a while include water stains on walls and ceilings, mold on your exterior walls, or wet and rusty pipes.
Signs that you have a leaky chimney include hearing a dripping noise, smelling a musty odor after it rains, discoloration or water stains on the walls or ceiling around the chimney, or water or condensation inside the fireplace. You’ll want a professional to do a Masonry Absorption Test to determine if you have a leaky chimney.
Gutters divert rainwater away from your roof and your house. If you’ve ever had to deal with clogged or broken gutters, you know how it affects your home ad how water pooling on the ground can weaken your home’s foundation. After a storm, it’s crucial to inspect your gutters for debris, dents, or if they’re pulling away from your roof.
The shingles on your roof are one of the most obvious areas to check after a storm. It’s essential to document any visible signs of storm damage for insurance purposes. Other than obvious holes, signs of storm damage include missing, curled, dented, or torn shingles.
Skylights allow you to increase the amount of natural light that enters your home, but they can become an entry point for water due to damage. A professional can help you find the source of your skylight leak and ensure that the skylight’s flashing is installed correctly.
When a storm rolls through your area, you need to know that your roof is in good shape. If you or one of our roofing contractors find signs of roof damage, it’s time to take action. Contact BC Exteriors to request a consultation or a free quote from our experienced and meticulous licensed contractors to ensure your roof lasts longer.