Now that the recent hurricanes are over, it's time to assess the damage. One particular area that you need to assess is the roof. If you haven't had a roofing contractor come out to conduct an inspection, you need to schedule that as soon as possible, especially since there could be other hurricanes lining up to attack. This is a particularly active hurricane season. If your roof isn't prepared for them, you could sustain increased damage with each subsequent storm. While it's a good idea for you to do a visual inspection from the ground after each storm, it's important that you have a professional roofer come out too. They'll know exactly what to look for, and they'll be able to take care of any necessary repairs before another hurricane strikes. Here are three things your roofers will look for during their inspection:

Damage to the Roof Decking

You might not realize this, but during a hurricane, your roof decking can sustain significant damage. If you're not sure what the roof decking is, it's the plywood sub-floor that lies beneath your shingles. If the winds lift the shingles up, the rain is able to soak through to the decking. If the decking becomes saturated with water, it can sag, and cause water to leak into your home. During the inspection, your roofing contractor will climb in your attic to inspect the condition of the decking.

Damage to the Metal Flashing

When you look up at your roof, you'll notice metal stripping along the seams and curves. That stripping is called your flashing, and it can be seriously damaged during a hurricane. In fact, it can be ripped right off your roof under extreme wind conditions. Unfortunately, once the flashing is damaged, or ripped away, your shingles won't be as secure as they should be. Not only that, but the water will now be able to soak under the shingle seams, causing damage to the decking, and leaks. It can also cause mold growth, which can cause harm to your family, and damage to your home. During your inspection, the roofing company will ensure that your flashing is inspected for signs of damage.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Missing and damaged shingles can also undermine the integrity of your roof. While you should be able to notice missing shingles during a visual inspection from the ground, you might not be able to notice the damage. That's why it's so important that you have a professional inspection after a hurricane. Your roofing contractor will be able to notice the smallest degree of curling, and separation. They'll also be able to identify areas that have sustained a significant amount of granule loss. Once the granules have been removed from your shingles, they become susceptible to sun damage and decay. Your roofing inspection will locate those areas that need to be addressed before the next hurricane.

Contact a company like All Weather Exteriors for more information and assistance.