After a hurricane passes, you’ve got a lot to worry about: how will I be able to clean up fallen trees and debris, when will the power come back on, will I be able to return to work?

Another question that isn’t always top of mind: did my roof sustain any damage? Sometimes, it’s an easy answer. From the outside, you can see where a tree or branch broke through the roof, or a section of shingles was ripped to shreds.

Just because you don’t see any damage from the ground, however, doesn’t mean your roof weathered the storm unscathed. Once the wind, lightning and rain stop, a property manager, business owner or homeowner can follow these two quick steps:

  • Examine the roof: Grab a ladder tall enough so you can visibly inspect the roof, and move around the building to examine each section. Do not climb onto the roof, though, because any compromised sections might not be safe.
  • Peek into the attic with a flashlight: If you roof structure was compromised, water intrusion could be visible. Look for moisture or streaks, a tell-tale sign that water was able to permeate the roof.

Even if you don’t spot any deficiencies, though, there still could be problems. High winds can lift up shingles, and although they may have settled back into their original position, the nails holding them in place may have loosened or the adhesive that glues shingles together may no longer be sealed. You might not experience roof leaks during the next storm, but at some point, water will begin to seep into the roof structure or attic of your home or business.

Time is of the essence when dealing with a roof leak. Water intrusion can cause mold or mildew, present fire hazards around electrical wiring, warp decking and damage insulation, which can lead to higher utility bills.

When in doubt, it’s best to call a professional. A licensed, insured roofer like Target Roofing & Sheet Metal has seen it all, and the company is a specialist in post-hurricane inspections and repairs. We work closely with insurance companies to provide emergency repairs that keep the water out, and do so with no out-of-pocket expenses to our customers.