After a storm, especially if you suspect damage, it's not uncommon to inspect the roof. This is because it's no secret that catching minor damage early can save you money on repairs by preventing major damage. The following are three places not to overlook when you do an inspection.
#1: Near rooftop protrusions
The protrusions on top of your roof are often the first place to take damage. These include things like your chimney and the vent stacks. In most cases they are sealed to the roof with a combination of metal flashing and roofing tar. When inspecting the roof you are looking for dented, rusted, or corroded flashing, or flashing that is pealing up or otherwise bent. Sometimes the flashing gives out long before the shingles, so you will want to keep tabs on it. Otherwise, a leak at the flashing could cause nearby shingles to take damage and wear out prematurely.
#2: Along the eaves
The components of your roof eaves include the soffits (which run underneath the roof edge), the fascia (which are the boards that face out on the edge), and any gutter system. Damage often occurs to this area during a storm. Gutters may be knocked askew, which can damage the fascia board or even the edges of the shingles near the lip of the roof. Occasionally, wind damage can even affect the soffits. For example, the vents built into the soffits can become loose or be torn off, which will allow debris and pests into the eaves.
#3: Subtle shingle damage
Asphalt shingles can sometimes suffer less-than-obvious damage, particularly in a hail storm. Hail can compress the shingles as well as remove some of their coating, which makes them more prone to leakage. You can sometimes spot this damage by checking the roof when the sun is hitting the shingles at an angle. If there appears to smooth, shiny spots on the shingles, you may need to replace your roof. An increase in the amount of gravel in your gutters or on the ground beneath the eaves can also indicate shingle damage. Another sign of subtle shingle damage is curling or rippled edges. The edges must lay flat or moisture can be driven beneath them, which will result in a leak inside your home.
If an inspection reveals damage, reach out to a roofing materials supplier for replacement materials. Prompt repair is the key to avoid water damage in your home.