Spring has sprung in Texas, and that also means tornado season is up and running. As a first-time homeowner living in Texas, it is prudent you know how to safely inspect your roof after each major wind event occurs. The roof is the part of your home that protects you, your family, and the belongings inside. If wind damage has occurred to your roof, it needs to be fixed quickly before water can seep into the home. These two tips help make sure your safety is protected during each roof inspection.
If you do not already own a pair of binoculars, now is a good time to buy a pair. They don't have to be the most advanced set you can find, you just need a good pair that can be used to look closely at your roof from the ground.
The advantage of using binoculars to inspect your roof is you don't have the risk of falling off the roof during the inspection. This is particularly useful if you are the only one home during the inspection and have no-one to hold your ladder or notice if you have an accident. With the binoculars, you can walk around the house and use this device to look for obvious signs of roof damage. Helpful tip: don't do the inspection in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky as accidentally looking directly at the sun through binoculars can cause immediate eye damage.
The signs of damage you are looking for include missing roof covers, cracked roofing, and roofing pieces that are curled up. If you spot any of these defects, you will need to contact a roofing contractor to arrange repairs.
Use Second-Story Windows
If you want to take a closer look at your roof for damage without climbing a ladder, take advantage of any second story windows that you have in your home. Open up the window, if possible, and look down on the sections directly in front of and to the side of the window. You are looking for the same signs of damage as previously mentioned above. Do not climb out of the window onto the roof. While it is tempting, if the roof is slick and slimy after the heavy rain, you could easily fall and hurt yourself.
Now that you know how to safely inspect your home, take the time to do this while the weather is calm. By doing so, you have a baseline measurement to use after each storm moves through.