One common mistake many homeowners make is not inspecting their home after a storm. While you were safe inside, your exterior might have been hit hard by the weather, causing damage that if not caught early could lead to major issues.
Storm damage isn’t always as evident as torn-off shingles or holes in the roof; in fact, these are more extreme forms of storm damage. Problems like wind-driven rain, which is rainwater forced by the wind through gaps in the shingle layer, aren’t easily noticeable unless you take a closer look. If you climb into the attic, you will notice water stains, wet spots or even clumps of insulation, which happens when insulating material comes into contact with moisture.
The roof edge would also show the most signs of storm damage, given that it bears the brunt of high winds from two fronts. This is why modern roofing systems feature starter strips reinforced by adhesive. Other types of damage can be caused by secondary sources, such as felled trees or posts. In such cases, your roof will need imminent storm damage repair.
What You Should Do After a Storm
Once you have made sure that your family is safe, you need to make two calls: one to your insurance provider and another to your roof repair contractor. Your insurance provider will require detailed documentation of the damage as well as a quotation on the roof repair costs, which can be provided by your roofer. A roofer who has experience working on insurance claims can help minimize the chances of delays. The sooner you get the check from your insurance provider, the sooner you can get repairs started.
What Happens to Neglected Roofs
It’s easy to assume that your roof doesn’t need repairs just because it looks “alright”. Even the smallest cracks, punctures or missing flashing can allow for water infiltration, which could lead to bigger roofing problems. Leaks can also reduce your home’s energy efficiency by allowing heat leaks, which would raise your indoor heating requirements, leading to higher energy bills. Making sure your roof is inspected and repaired by your roofer after a storm can help prolong its service life as well as keep repair costs to a minimum.
Brownstone Roofing is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (502) 443-9222, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Jeffersonville, IN, and nearby areas.