Inspect Your Roof with the I.O.U. Method.
As homeowners, many of us see the end of a heavy storm as our cue to head outside and clean up the yard. We stand the garbage cans back up, clear fallen branches, and make sure our trees, shrubs, and gardens haven’t taken a beating.
But it’s important to remember that the worst storm damage isn’t always the easiest to see. You may have to go looking for it. During storm season, be prepared to inspect your roof periodically. The earlier you identify roof damage, the sooner you can contact a qualified roofing contractor to provide necessary repairs before the next storm rolls in.
Not sure what to look for? Just use the I.O.U. method: Inside, Outside, Up the ladder.
Inside: Begin in the attic, if it’s accessible, during the daytime. Use a flashlight wherever necessary.
Outside: Walk around your house, examining as much of the roof as you can see from the ground for signs of damage, like these:
Climb safely or not at all: When using a ladder, remember the three-point rule: keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand, on the ladder at all times. Keep ladders — and yourself — away from power lines. Remember: wet branches conduct electricity, too. If you are not completely comfortable using a ladder, wait for a professional. For more in-depth roofing safety information, visit OSHA at www.osha.gov or the National Roofing Contractors Association at www.nrca.net.
If you find damage: Call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away. After storms, you may receive solicitations from unfamiliar contractors looking for work. To find reputable, factory-certified contractors in your area, visit the GAF Contractor Locator at: http://www.gaf.com/roofing/contractors.
The sooner you address storm damage to your roof, the more secure your roof, family, and valuables will be for the next storm.