Hurricane season is in full swing in the Atlantic Ocean, and that means that storm damage in Orlando is also at its peak. High winds, torrential rains, and the occasional hailstorms that accompany hurricanes can all take their toll on roofing in Orlando, even if your roof is in great shape. It’s always important to check your roof for damage following a hurricane, as problems that are left untreated can add up to costly repairs and replacements. Here are three things to look for after a hurricane strikes.
1. Heavy Denting
If you have a metal roof, the most important signs of damage to look for are significant dents. Little dings here and there are mostly aesthetic nuisances, but larger dents can lead to big problems depending on where they’re located. You should also check drains, pipes, and other metal fixtures for heavy denting.
2. Damaged Shingles
Conventional asphalt shingles are much more susceptible to damage than metal roofing due to their fragile nature. Because of this fact, roof inspections in Orlando are almost always recommended after a hurricane for homeowners who have shingles. Some damage is easy to spot, but other instances need the professional eye of a contractor. He or she can look for and identify:
- Leaks and water damage
- Curling, warping, or missing shingles
- Mildew, mold, and rot
When shingles sustain significant damage, like that of a hurricane, it’s also important to check underneath the roofing structure for insulation that has been harmed.
3. Hidden Leaks
Not all wreckage from a hurricane is obvious, as is the case with water damage. It is especially important to check for hard-to-spot leaks in our area, because the natural humidity in Orlando can lead to mold and rot in shingles that have already encountered water damage after a hurricane. Have your contractor inspect the exterior as well as the interior of your home. He or she will be able to tell the difference between mild paint discoloration and a full on leak.
These are just some of the most serious things to look for on your roof after a hurricane or any other storm.