How To Inspect Your Roof For Hail Damage
Hail damage is a problem that leads to roof leaks. Unfortunately, when the roof is leaking from hail damage, it's usually a very slow leak that isn't detectable right away. It can be some time before the leak actually shows up inside the house. So inspecting the roof after a hail storm is always important.
If a hail storm has hit your neighborhood and you want to check the roof for hail damage, our Crown Point Insurance Damage Restoration experts would like to share a few tips with you about how to do it safely.
Planning To Look For Hail Damage Yourself?
If it's been some time since you've climbed up to the roof to inspect the shingles, realize that as your roof has aged so have you. You may be surprised once you're stuck in a precarious position that you're not as spry as you used to be. Keep that in mind before you make your way up to the roof and balance up there.
A short ladder that does not reach past the roof is dangerous both when going up and when you are trying to get back down. You may not be as nimble as you thought, so don't get stuck dangling off the edge of the roof while your feet try to find the short ladder.
Safety Always First
If you are going to inspect the roof yourself for hail damage, make sure that someone is with you to keep the ladder stable. People have injured themselves falling off a ladder but weren't found until hours later. You don't want to suffer for hours with a broken body when no one is around.
If you must take tools up to the roof, make sure you have a tool belt instead of holding things in your hands. Keep both of your hands free so you can use them for balancing if you need to. If you have someone with you, they can help you with tools and materials once you are up there. You can purchase or make a tool and material holder that attaches to the ladder.
Professional Roof Inspections
Professional roof inspections are not as expensive as you would think, so don't veto that idea until you look into it. Roof inspectors are trained specialists who have reached master roofer status, so they can definitely do a better job of inspecting for roof damage.
Professionals like ours at Anderson & Anderson Construction, your design and build team, ecommend that you have a yearly roof inspection, but it can be done anytime. You'll want to inspect the roof after storms with high winds or hail but also as a regular preventative measure. When you live in a climate like ours in Northwest Indiana, always have the roof inspected after the winter snow and ice have melted.
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