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Storm Damage Roof Repair After the Hurricane

Your home’s roof is the main target of severe weather conditions all year round. Which can result in significant damage, leading to leaks and have more than just an effect on your exterior, but inside your home as well. To ensure you’re able to combat the constant impacts the seasons have on your roof, it’s crucial to know what to do after storm damage occurs.

After a strong storm, it’s imperative to take the time to inspect the possible damage to your roof. Even a minor leak caused by heavy winds or rains can result in significant problems in the future.

Types of Storm Damage

Windstorms can cause shingles to lift, peel off, be punctured, and leave areas open for water to seep through. It’s crucial to do regular inspections after heavy winds, especially if you notice flashing missing in corners of your roof.

Rain roof damage is the most prevalent and conspicuous issue among all types of storm damage that can affect your roof. Water is the arch-nemesis of your roof, and leaks caused by other storms, or the aging of your roof can expose its internal layers to moisture, leading to problems. Things such as mold, rot, leaks, and structural damage are all clear indications of rain damage and could signify that your roof may require replacement.

Sometimes the signs of roof damage aren’t obvious, and it’s best to call in a professional roofing expert if you don’t know what to do after potential damage occurs due to a tropical storm, heavy winds, or hurricanes. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners get their roof inspected by a professional twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

What to Look for When Assessing Roof Damage

If you aren’t quite sure if there is significant damage too your roof, here are some key indicators too look for that could indicate the need for repairs:

Inspect the condition of your shingles, including any missing pieces, and pay attention to granule buildup and early signs of damage. It’s also important to note any dings or dents caused by heavy winds or debris, particularly in asphalt shingles.

Absent flashing along the edges of your roof, skylights, vents, and chimneys should be taken note of during a roof inspection.

Be aware of any sealant that is loose or peeling at those same major points of penetration (skylights, vents, chimneys, etc.)

Inspect the inside of your attic for any water damage or signs of water leaks along the ceilings.

My Roof Was Damaged, Now What?

To begin the process of replacing your roof, the first step is to evaluate the damage and then request an estimate. At SolarMax, one of our experts will work with you and your family to select the ideal roofing materials, from the protective underlayment to the shingles, metal, or tile that will cover your entire roof system. We will also discuss financing options, warranty packages, and work with you to schedule the perfect day to install your new roof.

I Have Homeowners Insurance, Am I Covered for Roof Repair?

Understanding what your homeowner’s insurance covers can be challenging, especially when it comes to your roof. Typically, homeowners’ insurance covers damage to your roof resulting from circumstances beyond your control, such as fire, vandalism, or severe weather events like hurricanes or tornadoes. Moderate weather incidents like hail, wind, and rain may also be covered. It’s crucial to document any damage and keep receipts for all work done on your home, as many policies will cover these expenses when submitted with a claim. However, coverage will often vary based on factors such as your roof’s age and the area you live in. To understand what’s covered under your policy, it’s best to contact your insurance provider and review the specifics of your plan, including deductibles.

When you purchase a whole new roof system, it comes with a warranty, but not all roof warranties are created equal. Most warranties only cover the cost of materials or manufacturer or installation defects, rather than weather-related issues.

Choose Repair Experts to Work on Your Home

An important point to note regarding natural disasters is that they can attract unethical contractors. Severe storms have been known to bring out dishonest roofing contractors who prey on individuals in need of repairing or replacing their storm-damaged roofs. Following Hurricane Ian, many insurance companies warned that these deceitful contractors may make false promises, demand full payment before or after completing the work, or even fabricate damage that never existed.

To avoid falling victim to such scams, it is crucial to conduct thorough research when selecting a roofing contractor. It is advisable to verify if the contractor is licensed and qualified by consulting with local and state agencies.

Have you experienced roof damage due to a recent storm? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We understand that a roof replacement requires the expertise of professionals who consider your lifestyle and financial situation. Once we have assessed your home, we will collaborate with you to create a personalized roofing solution that meets your specific needs.

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  • Thanks for the explanation that you should have your roof checked by a roofer to prevent damages caused by storms from worsening. I heard that my brother wants to move into a home close to rivers and lakes so he can fish anytime. I will recommend that we find a roofing company that can help with this someday.

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