How Do I Inspect My Roof for Damage After a Storm?

Posted on Post-Storm Roof Inspection

Salem roofers are very busy in the spring and summer after the winter storms have taken their tolls on home and business owners. Get a jump on things and inspect your roof after a storm, so you can get your project done sooner and minimize further damage.

Following all of the recent flooding and other stormy weather in Oregon lately, it’s no surprise homeowners and commercial property owners are taking inventory of their homes, cleaning up, and installing preventative measures to prevent future damage. Last week, we wrote a guide teaching home and business owners how to prepare their buildings for flooding and prevent as much damage as possible. This week, we will take our focus to post-flooding inspection and simple roof repair/clean up. Thankfully, flood warnings are weakening. We still have high wind warnings in several areas of our great state, however. Stay safe out there.

Disclaimer: Always be safe when getting on your roof. Try to inspect from the ground when possible, and bring an assistant if you need to get on your roof. Safety first!

Here are some of the things to check up on your roof after a storm:

  • Check for missing roofing materials (shingles, tiles, metal roofing panels, etc.)
  • Check for sagging spots in your roof
  • Check for missing vents that could have been blown off by wind.
  • Check to see if any of your metal flashing has been damaged or blown off by wind.
  • Check for damage on your roofing material (missing granules on shingles, cracks in tile from falling branches, bent metal panels, etc.)
  • Check for fallen or moved downspouts/gutter systems.
  • Look for areas that are either icier/wetter or drier than others. There could be insulation problems in these areas.

If you have inspected your roof thoroughly and have points of concern, call one of the best residential and commercial roofing contractors in Salem, Oregon and surrounding areas to come take a look and give a free roof repair estimate. If your initial inspection didn’t raise concerns, here are some quick and easy roof maintenance and damage prevention items you can do yourself (if you are comfortable being on your roof).

  • Test downspouts by running water through them (with a hose or bucket) to make sure they are properly draining.
  • Clean gutters (wear gloves as you do this) to ensure optimal draining capabilities.
  • Consider installing gutter guards to keep leaves out of your gutters moving forward.
  • Remove any signs of moss or algae on your roof.
  • Refresh any worn caulking near skylights, chimneys, and windows.
  • Trim limbs from any tree that are touching, or close to touching, your roof.

If the damage is extensive, out of your hands, or you simply want a professional to take a look at it for you, give us a call today and we will send out one of our experienced Salem roofers to take care of your roof for you. Our office phone number is (503) 585-2338. Feel free to use the estimate request form to the right side of this page, alternatively.

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.