High winds can wreak havoc on most types of residential roofs, and they can strike at any time, during any season.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) stresses that most wind damage starts around the roof’s perimeter. Once perimeter roofing elements have come loose, subsequent exposure to high winds can cause the damage to spread further and further toward the center of the roof as more and more elements loosen.
Prevention is the key to avoiding a costly repair job. You should always check your roof immediately after a major windstorm to see if there are any signs of damage. That way, if you spot problems, you can fix them immediately rather than running the risk of having the damage spread.
Emergency Roofing Repairs: An Easy 3-Step Process to Fixing Wind Damage
Step #1: Roofing Inspection
After a windstorm, your first step should be to perform a careful and thorough inspection of your roof. Here are some helpful tips to help you spot wind damage, depending on what type of material your roof is made from:
- Composite or asphalt shingles: Broken, cracked, curled, or missing shingles accompanying a loss of granulation can mean your roof is damaged.
- Wooden shake roofing: Split or curled shakes or shingles can signal wind damage, as can general decay and the presence of mold.
- Flat roofs: Look for blisters, cracks, and tears around the edges of the roof. Also, check your attic to see if there are any signs of interior damage to patched areas.
- Metal roofs are resilient, and have high levels of wind resistance. Still, it’s worth a look to see if any tiles are missing or out of place.
Be sure to check other roof elements for signs of damage:
- Chimneys: Look for damaged bricks, and especially for signs of damaged flashing. Caps and joints can also become cracked or worn.
- Flashing: Buckles or torn elements around penetration areas can signal damage.
- Gutters: See if any gutter sections are bent, loose, or missing. While you’re up there, check for rust and signs of decay, and clean out your gutters – clogged gutters can cause all kinds of serious problems.
- Roofing cement: Crumbled cement and excessive cement buildups signal that things have loosened up and require repairs.
- Soffits: Check for clogs, decay, and stained areas.
Next, move indoors to check for signs of roof damage that may have left telltale signs in your home’s interior. Remember: not all roof leaks result in detectable drips of water. Look for peeling wallpaper or paint on your walls and ceilings, as well as brown, gray, or yellow stains. Also, roof damage can be behind soaring home energy costs that you can’t otherwise explain.
Step #2: Filing Insurance Claim
If you discover you roof sustained damage due to the windstorm, contact your insurance agent to determine whether you should file a claim. Coverage is not guaranteed and depends on the age of your roof, the area you live in, your insurance type/details, and many other factors, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the policy, preferably before you need to file a claim.
There are certain steps you should take to make your roofing repair claim process smooth and easy, so ensure you’re following the rules and best practice. Bottom line: be proactive, know insurance claim pitfalls to avoid, ask questions, and provide adequate documentation. Your roofing contractor should also guide you through the process, so pick the right one.
Step #3: Handling Repairs
If you detect problems, you can repair them yourself if you’ve got the confidence and know-how. DIY roof repairs can save you some money, so long as you have the skills to get the job done properly. If your roof needs only minor repairs, chances are you’ll be making an affordable investment in preventing much more costly problems down the road.
However, and especially if you’re filing an insurance claim, it’s best to leave storm repairs to professionals who have the right skills and are experienced in handling these types of problems. Hiring a professional contractor will provide confidence that your roof is restored to its full functionality and will protect your home for years to come.
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