March and April winds have wreaked havoc on roofs across Washington County this year. Many residential and commercial buildings have sustained damage from the gusting winds that have plagued the area this spring.

As homeowners begin spring cleaning and repairs, roof inspections should be part of the process. Typical damage sustained from winter precipitation combined with the recent windy conditions means checking roofs and gutters is essential, said Dave Berg, service manager at McKinnis Roofing & Sheet Metal in Blair.

“With the heavy winds, everybody’s dealing with a lot of wind damage,” Berg said. “It also affects commercial buildings and flat roofs.”

Berg strongly suggests trying to inspect the roof from a distance.

“I wouldn’t advise anybody to just go on the roof and do a visual inspection,” he said. “Use binoculars and look for anything out of place.”

Consult a professional if anything looks like it may need repair.

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