Every year, thousands of storms – thunderstorms, hailstorms, even hurricanes – strike the United States. Most of them are capable of making their mark on a roof. But just because a roof is damaged, it doesn’t mean that the damage is easy to see. You might give your roof is cursory glance and assume that it’s fine, only to find major leaks months later.
Don’t let this happen to you! Know the subtle signs of roof damage. Get your roof inspected regularly. And make sure you have a reliable roofing contractor on call if you have any problems or questions.
Sometimes, storm damage is obvious. Other times, however, you might not be able to see it at all, unless you’re looking very closely. We recommend that after every storm, you give your roof a thorough visual inspection from the ground. Walk around your home to see if any shingles or flashing has ended up in the grass or on the patio. Use binoculars to see if shingles are missing or if flashing or fascia is gone. You should also check the inside of your attic for signs of water damage.
If you spot any of these signs, you know it’s time to call a roofing contractor.
For the most part, we don’t recommend that homeowners get up on their own roofs to look for damage or problems. It’s too dangerous. Instead, have a roofing contractor come out to your home once a year to check for damage and problems. Keep in mind that the contractor won’t just check for signs of storm damage. He or she will also let you know if there are other maintenance or repair issues you should attend to, or if it’s time to replace the roof altogether.
Decisions made in haste or under pressure are not likely to be good decisions. Rather than scrambling to find a reliable roofing contractor in the aftermath of a big storm, find a reputable contractor and form a relationship with him or her when the sun is shining. Already having a contractor you can trust will save you a lot of stress and headaches, and you might even find that a contractor who knows you is more likely to make your roof a priority.
Remember, Roof Squad is always here to help you when you have roofing damage – whether you’ve worked with us before or not! Be sure to give us a call if you’re ever facing roof damage. We’re here for you!
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