Your roof is more vulnerable to storm damage than other parts of your home. A storm damaged roof cannot be ignored either. A structurally damaged roof can be a danger for you and your family. If you are concerned with protecting your roof from storms, here is what you need to know about storm damage roof repair.
Can You Prevent Storm Damage?
There is no way you can 100 percent guarantee that your roof will not suffer some damage in a storm, but you can take steps to decrease the likelihood it occurs. For instance, you can keep your trees trimmed. Fallen tree branches are one of the most common causes of damage to a roof.
You also need to take measures to protect your roof and gutters from ice dams. Ice dams occur when the snow and ice on your roof melt and reform to create dams that divert water into your home. The snow and ice are usually melted when warmth from your home escapes through the attic. Adding more insulation to your attic will decrease the escaping heat and prevent the dams from forming.
Each year, your roofing needs to be inspected by a professional contractor. He or she can check the condition of the flashing, gutters, downspouts, and shingles. All of these play a role in keeping your roof intact during a storm.
What If You Suspect Your Roof Is Damaged?
If you suspect your roof is damaged following a storm, take the time to inspect it. When inspecting the roof, look for signs of damage to the shingles, such as cracking or tearing. You also need to check the areas around the chimney, vents, and pipes for signs of damage.
Your inspection is not limited to the exterior of the home. Your ceiling can offer clues about the condition of the roof. If there are signs of moisture, such as water stains, on the ceiling, the roof is in need of repair.
It is important to note that hail damage is not always visually evident. The damage can sometimes cause a slight swelling that you can only feel. Therefore, it is important that you have the roofing inspected by a professional contractor after the storm passes.
In addition to inspecting your roofing, the contractor can also provide you with an estimate detailing what it will take to get the roof repaired. When you do file a claim with your homeowners insurance provider, you can use the estimate to back your claim.