Storm damage is an ever-present hazard that homeowners need to protect themselves against. Smart homeowners plan ahead and equip their property with capable rooftop protection, while many simply work reactively to repair the damage. Here is a quick guide to equip you to be a smart homeowner.
How Do I Know if My Roof Has Storm Damage?
Storm damage comes in many forms, not all of them easily spotted. While pock marks from hail and ripped shingles from wind damage are clearly visible, sometimes the trauma underneath is what costs you. Be on the lookout for excessive moisture and leaks in your attic and ceiling. If these aren’t dealt with quickly, you could face a costly repair bill down the line. To prevent this storm damage, your best course of action is to call a trusted roofer for a professional inspection.
How to Prepare Your Roof Against Future Storms
That being said, there are steps you can take to protect your home. Let’s start with rain. You’d be amazed at what heavy rain can do to your roofing system. Fellow roofing company R & J Contractors (of Texas) says that heavy rain can overwhelm your gutters and lead to costly storm roof damage repair. If this gutter damage is left alone for too long, you could face a number of costly home problems, including:
- Corrosion on Your Fascia Board
- Leaks Into Your Roof, Insulation, and Ceiling
- Soil Hyper-saturation and Foundation Damage
Make sure your gutters are kept clean and tightly secured against your fascia board. Functional gutters should direct water away from the base of your home, not towards it. One last note: make sure your flashing is effectively directing water away from your roof valleys and chimney edges.
Wind damage is one of the more under-recognized causes rooftop damage, especially for traditional asphalt shingle roofs. Be sure to regularly check your rooftop after heavy windstorms; search specifically for uplifted shingles that could allow water leaks.
Hail damage is harder to protect against with regular asphalt roofing. During your next roof replacement, consider swapping your current shingles with a impact resistant shingle, or a metal roofing installation.
Professional Roof Leak Repair
If your home has been impacted by recent storm damage, we’d love to help you! Give our team a call at (704) 837-0931 and ask about scheduling an inspection and roof leak repair!