It’s storm season in Oklahoma, and that means your roof is in trouble. A roof in Oklahoma can be damaged in a long list of weather related events. Hail can poke holes, wind can blow shingles, and tornados can tear the whole thing off.
After a storm comes through there’s a few steps you can take to check for damage to your roof.
- Grab a flashlight and head up to the attic. Check for leaks, signs of water, stains, or dents. If there’s water in the attic you’ll need to clean it up fast to make sure mold doesn’t start growing.
- Go outside and see if any shingles are missing or windblown. Shingles should be flush to the roof and firmly connected to other shingles. If the shingles are poking up in a corner they might need to be fixed.
- You’ll want to pay special attention to joints, flashing, and anywhere the roof meets a wall or chimney. These areas are notorious for storm damage.
- When it hails you’ll need to look for cracks, dimples, and dents on the shingles. The gutters and siding might also be damaged, so give those a once over too.
If you’re not confident checking for storm damage by yourself, most roofing companies will give free estimates.
When damage is found call your insurance agent as soon as possible. Most home insurance policies will cover you for storm damage. Even if it’s just a patch job, your policy might cover at least some of the costs of repairs.
If you’re not 100% sure you’re covered for storm damage, now is an ideal time to pick up the phone and call your agent for a check up.