Your local weatherman may be able to tell you when a storm is approaching, but he is unable to tell you what type of damage the storm may do to your home’s roof. Sadly, there is not always much you can do to prepare for roof damage, but there are some things you do need to know in case this type of damage does occur. It is not easy to assess the severity of damage to a roof after a storm hits, but it could be anything from a simple repair to a full roof replacement. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to replace your roof.
How Can A Storm Damage Affect A Roof?
The most common weather elements that can damage a roof include wind, hail, falling trees, and rain.
Wind can blow shingles off a roof in their entirety leaving the roof vulnerable to water leaks. The water can seep into a damaged roof underlayment and cause rot in the decking below. Even a small number of fallen shingles can result in extensive water damage and merely nailing the shingles back into place on the decking cannot resolve the issue.
When dealing with this situation, it is imperative that you determine the status of the decking and underlayment or you may have additional problems in the future. Shingle loss may not require roof replacement, but this is dependent on the number of shingles that have been blown off the roof, the extent of the water damage, and the age of the roof. We can tell you if it’s time ro replace your roof.
Hail can strip the granules from a roof’s shingles. This is important to note because the granules protect a roof from UV rays (ultraviolet light). If removed, the shingles are susceptible to premature aging, cracking and being blown from the roof; therefore increasing the chance of water damage to the roof.
The fewer the amount of granules on a shingle, the lower its level of UV ray protection and the quicker the roof will age. To determine if hail damage has resulted in the need for a roof replacement, insurance adjusters will use a specialized formula taking into account how many “hits” the roof has experienced per 100sq feet. The line between the number warranting repairs and the number warranting time to replace your roof will vary according to the insurance company.
Falling trees can easily damage a building’s roof and result in large holes through the roof itself. The holes make the home susceptible to water and wind damage if faced with a storm. When the roof damage is localized it is possible that the damage can be repaired or rebuilt, particularly if the roof is relatively new. However, the severity of the tree’s impact may lie beyond any visibly damaged areas and the open hole may have allowed water to gather in areas that do not appear to have experienced direct damage.
A fallen tree can continue to damage a roof after the initial impact. If it is safe to leave the property after a tree has fallen on the home, all members of the household should leave immediately as there may be more invasive damage from the situation. First and foremost, please use common sense to determine when to leave your property after massive damage. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (719) 375-8773.
Water (Rain) Damage
Fortunately, rain by itself is unlikely to cause too much damage to a roof unless the roof was poorly installed or is already damaged and allows for water intrusion. Interior water damage is, however, one of the core elements to search for when surveying the status of a damaged roof after a storm. The problem with this is that interior water damage may not always be immediately visible because water can seep under poorly installed flashing, below missing shingles, or a compromised underlayment.
By the time all water damage has been identified, it is possible that earlier issues which were passed by unnoticed will have developed into more extensive problems. A quick fix for a visible problem may no longer be effective in these situations. Furthermore, a history of persistent water issues within the house may be indicative of a poorly installed roof and this can warrant a roof replacement.
Surveying The Roof Damage
The most common consequence of storm damage to a home is leaking water. It is highly recommended that before heading to the attic to investigate leakage, homeowners should search for water seepage below the attic. The majority of the time, water seepage is quite evident in the form of a water stain on a ceiling or damp insulation. However, it is possible to have water leaks that are not large enough to have soaked through the insulation or made a water stain on the ceiling. Based on this, it may not always be possible to identify leaking water or water seepage after a storm independently. A professional roofing company would be helpful to offer expert guidance for any unusual issues, and can tell you if it’s time to replace your roof.
Finding a professional roofer after experiencing a storm can be a highly frustrating task because after a big storm, most good roofing companies are inundated with calls from homeowners with severely damaged roofs. Heavy storms tend to leave all good contractors backed up for weeks – sometimes for months!
If your roof has obvious damage from the storm, give Petrali Roofing a call at (719) 375-8773 and we’ll do our best to meet your needs in a timely manner.
It is also recommended that you contact your insurance adjuster during this time and document the evidence of storm damage to your home.
Be On Guard For The “Door Knockers” Who Will Be Canvassing Your Neighborhood After A Storm
Be cautious of people who knock on your door at this time offering to tackle storm damage repairs immediately. There is the chance that they will offer a good service, but it is also possible that they are “fly by night” roofing contractors who will leave you with poor results and more damage to the structure.
A “fly by night” contractor cannot be held liable for the work completed on a roof if they leave town as soon as they have finished their project; therefore, they are less likely to conduct a careful and efficient job. You will not have any recourse if the work results in additional roof damage.