Did Memorial Day Storms Damage Your Roof?

Memorial Day weekend storms brought strong winds, hail and heavy downpours to multiple areas of East Tennessee. Throughout the region, there were tornado warnings, and thousands across East Tennessee were left without power as storms moved across the region.  See coverage.


What did these storms do to your roof?

After storms have passed through, ensuring the integrity of your roof is crucial to maintaining the safety and comfort of your home. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do about your roof after storms:

Safety First
Before inspecting your roof, prioritize safety. Wait until the weather has completely cleared, and it’s safe to go outside. Avoid walking on a wet or damaged roof as it can be slippery and dangerous.

Visual Inspection
Once it’s safe, visually inspect your roof from the ground using binoculars. Look for signs of damage such as missing, broken, or displaced shingles, debris, or fallen branches. If you notice any significant damage, it’s advisable to call a professional roofer for a thorough inspection.

Interior Inspection
Check your attic or ceiling for signs of leaks or water damage. Look for water stains, damp spots, or any signs of moisture. If you find any, mark the area and take note of the extent of the damage. This information will be useful when discussing repairs with a roofing contractor.

Document Damage
Take photographs or videos of any damage you observe. These visual records will be helpful when filing insurance claims or communicating with contractors.

Temporary Repairs
If you notice minor damage such as loose or missing shingles, you can perform temporary repairs to prevent further water intrusion. Use roofing cement or sealant to secure loose shingles and tarps to cover exposed areas. However, leave major repairs to the professionals.

Contact Your Insurance Company
If your roof sustained significant damage, contact your insurance company to file a claim. Provide them with detailed information about the damage, including photographs and any estimates you’ve received from roofing contractors.

Schedule Professional Inspection and Repairs
Hire a reputable roofing contractor like Garrett Construction to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. They will assess the extent of the damage and provide recommendations for repairs or replacement. It’s essential to address any issues promptly to prevent further damage to your home.

Preventative Maintenance
Consider investing in preventative measures to protect your roof from future storms. Trim overhanging branches that could potentially fall onto your roof during high winds. Clean gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent water buildup and potential water damage.

Consider Upgrades
If your roof sustained extensive damage or is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be worth considering roof replacement or upgrades. Modern roofing materials offer improved durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions, providing long-term protection for your home.

Regular Inspections
After the initial post-storm inspection and repairs, make it a habit to inspect your roof regularly, especially after severe weather events. Early detection of damage allows for timely repairs, minimizing the risk of costly repairs or replacements in the future.


Taking proactive steps to assess and address roof damage after storms can help safeguard your home and prevent further complications. By following these guidelines and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can ensure that your roof remains in optimal condition, providing reliable protection for your family and belongings.

At Garrett Construction and Roofing, ensuring the integrity of your roof is our specialty. Under the experienced leadership of Matt Garrett, our professional crews stand ready to handle all your remodeling needs. Serving East Tennessee since 2005, we are a licensed General Contractor and our general services range from full residential and commercial construction projects to remodeling, painting, drywall, roofing and gutters. Call us for a free consultation.