More often than not, most homeowners haven’t gone up onto their roof themselves to take a closer look at its condition, especially during a weather event like a strong storm. Most of the time, they’ll only take a look at their roof while they’re going about their daily chores and maybe only seeing a few shingle edges. However, those aren’t real “roof inspections” since you can’t get a full grasp of your roof’s condition from the ground.
Keep in mind that your roofing system is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. It protects your home against heat, strong winds, rain, snow, hail, sleet and more. This is why it’s very important to have a professional roofer take a look at your roof after a storm has passed. No matter how durable your roof is, you can’t be too certain of its condition until a professional gives their opinion. As such, taking a pre-emptive approach to roofing gets you one step ahead in order to keep your home and your family safe and secure.
If you live in a storm-prone area, we personally recommend having your roof inspected at least once a year. Here’s why.
Hail can come in different forms, weight and sizes. They can be as small as a marble to as large as a golf ball. Aside from their size and weight, they have abrasive surfaces that can cause significant damage to your roof, such as dents, shingle tear-offs, punctures and even structural damage if it’s in severe cases.
Not to mention that not only your roof is in danger, but also other parts of your home and personal property, such as the windows, siding, and your vehicles. The most common sign of hail and wind roof damage is seen on your roof’s metal flashing. Your metal flashing is an integral part of your roof since it prevents water from leaking or seeping into your roof’s structure or joints, serving as an important weather barrier system. If this component gets damaged, it can become problematic as it will compromise your roof’s membrane and lead to large water leaks that can lead to interior damage and mold growth.
Winter Storm Damage
As the winter season is in full-swing, you should be wary of the effects of winter storms as they can wreak havoc on your roofing system. Aside from the cold weather already putting stress on your roof, the load of the snow can possibly cause cave-ins. It’s also worth noting that you need to have your gutters checked out as well since the water that has frozen in it can cause ponding water on your roof.
This will pose a problem, especially if you have a flat roof that can easily hold water. Also, the water that overflows can tarnish your windows, siding and even damage your home’s foundation. As sleet continues to build up in extremely cold temperatures, the simple act of frozen water can be present in the nooks and crannies of your roof can cause your shingles to crack and gutters to fail. If you’re currently experiencing a strong winter storm, don’t hesitate to call your local roofing company to have professional roof inspections carried out. You can choose to contact your contractors once the weather gets warmer or stabilizes, but don’t hesitate to make the call when you feel damage is imminent.
You don’t need to encounter a tornado for wind damage to affect your home. Most homeowners fear for their shingles being blown off by strong winds. Consequently, if this does happen, it will leave portions of your roof vulnerable to the elements. If water gets through these openings, this can lead to bigger problems in the long run. Some of these include mold growth, roof rotting, water leaks and insulation damage.
Also, strong winds can cause trees close to your home to fall on your roof or tree branches to get torn off into the air. These branches can cause roofing abrasions as well as cause perforations on your roof, leaving it open to water intrusion. This is why it’s a good idea to have tree branches regularly trimmed to reduce their threat to your home. As such, if you encounter strong gusts of wind in your area, have your roof inspected immediately to assess its condition and carry out repairs as necessary.
If your roof was affected by any of the previous causes mentioned above, heavy rain could act as the final nail in the coffin as water can severely damage the interior components of your roofing system, even with little perforations. Keep in mind that all it takes for water to seep into your roof is a small crack. Not to mention that sustained downpour can cause your shingles to come loose and damage other components of your roof. It’s always a good thing to have a proactive mindset when it comes to roofing, so have an inspection right away after the rain clears.
Why Hire a Professional Roofer?
Now that you know of the adverse effects of storm damage and other elements to your roof, we’ll explain why you should hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof so that you won’t have to look for someone to do emergency repairs on your roof the next time around.
1. Spot invisible damage: Even if you get up onto your roof, you might not be able to see the warning signs or subtle hints that your roof has underlying damage. You might not even know what signs you’re looking for in the first place. This is why it’s important to work with a professional roofer who knows what to look out for. After all, there are some signs of damage that aren’t visible to the untrained eye.
2. Bigger savings over time: If you decide to hold off on roofing inspections, you might not spot critical warning signs that can lead to serious roof damage later on in your roof’s lifespan. Having a professional look at your roof can let you spot hidden signs of damage so that they can be addressed while they haven’t worsened yet.
3. Helps with insurance claims: Another great perk of working with professional roofers is that they can assist you with the insurance claim process. They’ve worked with many homeowners before and know the things that your insurance provider will request. In turn, this makes it easier for you since you can let them handle it, and it gives you a great chance of getting your claim approved by your provider since you didn’t neglect your roof.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to maintaining your roof. The only way to prevent leaks is to sign up for regular maintenance with a reputable professional. Get in touch with Summit Renovation. We can install a top-quality commercial roofing system and help you maintain it. We also offer residential roof replacement and other services. Call us today at (205) 807-1686, or fill out the form on this page.