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Storm Season – When to repair or replace a roof

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Date: Feb 15th, 2024

As Northeast Ohio weather evolves from winter cold to spring storms, residents may be considering the condition of their roofs. Heavy rain, wind, and hail can damage even a sturdy roof, but an aging roof or one in need of some repairs will be especially vulnerable to spring weather conditions.

At S&D Improvements, we encourage residents of the Akron and Canton communities to get ahead of the weather by addressing roof problems now. A thorough inspection by a roofing professional is the best way to ensure your roof is sound and minor repairs are caught early.

Asphalt shingle roof? You can see these signs of roof damage or wear from the ground:

  • Shingles that are curling at the edges
  • Missing shingles, or sections that are hanging loose or at an angle
  • A missing chimney cap or damaged drip edge
  • Moss or algae growth on the shingles

Metal or membrane roof? Get an expert on your roof to look for these issues:

  • Corrosion along the seams between metal panels
  • Dents or bent sections due to impact by hail or debris
  • Holes or blisters in rubber membrane of a flat roof
  • Low areas where water pools and can seep into the membrane layers

Repairing roof damage or replacing a roof that is aging or significantly damaged will minimize the risk of storm damage to roofing materials and possible water damage to the building structure. If your roof does sustain damage during severe weather, it will likely be more minor and readily reparable.

Check your roof after a storm

Even if your intention is to repair or replace your roof, storms in Northeast Ohio have a way of sneaking up on us. Always take a walk through your yard and around your home after a storm to look for signs of roof damage.

Schedule a professional inspection if you see debris, especially large branches, in your hard or any roof materials from your home or a neighbor’s. Signs of damage to gutters, downspouts, fascia, or any nearby roof means the storm was strong enough to cause damage, even if you don’t see any damage to your own home. In cases of high wind and hail, a professional inspection is a must. Wind can cause damage at just 45 miles an hour. Even small hailstones can damage roof shingles if driven by high wind. Heavy excessive rain can get under shingles, especially if gutters are clogged.

Storm damage looks like:

  • Missing granules on shingles
  • Loose sealant or flashing around chimneys or in roof valleys
  • Dented or hanging gutters or downspouts
  • Moisture in the attic, especially at the site of the chimney or valleys

Call S&D Improvements for roof repairs in Akron or roof replacement in Canton before and after storms.