How to Deal with Roof Damage After A Storm
Here in North Carolina, we experience a myriad of weather conditions, from relentless heat, to hurricane force winds, to the occasional snowstorm. After a storm, detecting any damage is important to ensuring the long-term life of your roofing system. In most instances that indicate weather damage, it’s advisable to contact a roof repair specialist in Greensboro, North Carolina to get a qualified roof inspection.
Roof damage is the number one cause of concern following a storm. A weather event will test a roofing system time and again. Even though your roof has been built to withstand these elements, it will occasionally break down after years of constant exposure. Shingles or other roofing materials that have been worn down by age and the elements can be especially susceptible to damage during a storm. Weak points can lead to further structural damage. A damaged area that remains unrepaired can weaken a roof system and can lead to safety issues and costly repairs. Leaks can create a haven for mold and mildew which can lead to potential health hazards. As a homeowner, you owe it to yourself to know the signs of roof damage following a bout of intense rain, hail, ice or wind.
Your safety is paramount. After the storm has passed, you should look for signs of damage from a safe place on the ground. Hail, tree limbs, flying debris, or downed power lines can cause specific areas of damage to your roof and will need to be chronicled and reported to your homeowners insurance company. Look for missing shingles, fallen debris, dislodged pieces of fascia or damaged flashing and dented shingles caused by hail or high winds. Dented or pitted shingles damaged by hail often deteriorate quickly and allow for access points for future moisture.
You will also want to inspect the inside of your attic, ceilings and walls for indications of water stains and rain intrusion. A compromised roof can mean possible future damage to the rest of the house.
Call a Professional
Often, damage is not immediately apparent from the ground and can require the keen eye of a roofing contractor. Shingle damage is not always the prime indicator of overall roof damage. For example, damage to soft metal components such as vents and exhaust caps, flashing and vinyl trim may show damage without any substantial shingle damage. A qualified roofing contractor will do a close, detailed inspection to determine whether your roof has been compromised and whether you have a valid insurance claim. Be especially wary of roofing companies that go door to door after a weather event. Make sure your roofing professional is local with a solid reputation, and is licensed and insured. A local, reputable roofing company with experience will work cooperatively with you and your insurance company and will be there when and if any problems or issues arise in the future.
We at Beane Roofing Inc.are here to help. Bean Roofing, Inc.has been a trusted name in construction and roof repair in the Greensboro, NC area since 2000. Call us after any weather event to get a qualified inspection by a valued leader in the business.