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How to Check your Roof for Damage After a Storm

How to Check your Roof for Damage After a Storm

Storms damage thousands of roofs every year in Florida. Hail can damage asphalt and wood shingles and ceramic tiles, while tornado’s and hurricanes can tear, lift or shift asphalt shingles, strip shingles and tiles right off a roof, and even damage the structure of the roof itself. Many thunderstorms have heavy enough winds to do damage too.

After every serious storm, you should check your roof for damage. If you detect any, contact your insurance company to file a claim, then get in touch with a professional roofing contractor who can provide damage assessment and perform the repair. If you’re not sure whether there’s damage, call a Florida roofing contractor to make a determination for you, then contact your insurance agent if any is found.

How to Look for Roof Damage

If you have water leaks in or near the ceiling in the house, you’ve got roof damage – no question about it. But not all ceiling leaks go “plink, plink, plink” in the middle of the floor. Walk around inside the house, looking for damp spots where the walls and ceiling meet on exterior walls. If you dodged that bullet, it’s time to check the exterior.

Walk around your house, looking for pieces of roofing or flashing that have fallen on the ground and for shingles or tiles, pieces of flashing, or gutters and downspouts that are visibly displaced. If all looks good on the ground, it’s time to examine the roofing itself. Are all the shingles and tiles in place and lying flat?

We advise against climbing onto your own roof to do the inspection because more than 130,000 people are injured in the United States every year due to falls from ladders. Instead, use binoculars for a closer look.

What to Look For

Hail can cause a noticeable pattern of damage to asphalt, fiberglass or composition shingles. A really hard hailstorm can crush the mineral granules or knock them right off, leaving the shingles looking black and soft or shiny. Really large hailstones can produce visible dents on asphalt and wood shingles as if someone pounded with a ball peen hammer all over your roof. Wood shingles can also be split by hail.

Right after the storm, the splits will be darker than the upper surface of the shingles because they remain wet longer. Look for orange or brown lines running from top to bottom on individual shingles.

If hail was accompanied by really high winds – the kind that accompanies tornado’s and hurricanes – look for broken windows and dents and patterns of chipped paint on the siding too. You’ll want to report as much of the damage as possible all at once to your insurance company.

When large branches or trees fall on a roof, they may cause serious structural damage that could make a house unsafe. Get out and stay out until you can have a contractor assess the damage. If the home is determined to be unsafe, your homeowner’s insurance may cover the cost of temporary housing.

If you do need roof repair or replacement, talk to your contractor. Experienced Florida roofing companies know what works best and last longest in our challenging climate.

In the Jacksonville area, contact Quality Discount Roofing for storm damage assessment, repairs, and complete roof replacement. They’re your trusted friend in the roofing business.

4 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

4 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Your house is one of your major investments, so protecting it from hurricanes is most likely among your top priorities. The energy in hurricanes is enough to detach the roof of your house from the mainframe and cause other serious damage. Here are some precautions to protect your house during Florida’s hurricane season.

Get a Roof Inspection 

Contact a Jacksonville roof repair specialist to help you inspect your roof. A specialist has the knowledge and experience to find faults in the roof and determine whether it can handle a hurricane. The contractor will inspect the interior to determine whether the roof has been weakened by moisture and molds. He will also check for loose shingles, leaks and cracked caulk. You will then receive a detailed report after the inspection. The report may include his recommendations, life expectancy estimate and the cost of repairs.

Clean Your Gutter and Drainage Systems 

The drainage system plays a major role in mitigating storm damage. A hurricane comes with rain capable of causing serious damage. You want to make sure your gutters and drainage systems are free to conduct water effectively in the event of a storm. Get rid of all the debris from the drainage systems. Ensure the gutters are clear so that the rainwater can flow through them easily. You may need a roofing contractor to help you clean the gutters effectively.

Review Your Insurance Policies 

You need to review your insurance policy and make sure it will cover the full cost of construction in case you lose the house in a hurricane. Make sure the insurance covers up to the cost of roofing. Some insurance companies do not cover residential roofing, so you need to check with your provider first. Apart from roofing insurance, you need to determine if you are covered by floods. Some people cover their houses against hurricanes and ignore the flood that usually follows.

Add Roof Straps 

Anyone doing roofing installation and repair around Jacksonville should attach the roof to the walls with metal straps. Placing straps is required by Florida law. Straps help to strengthen the roof and make it more resistant to failure when subjected to high winds. All straps used in residential roofing should have less than a half inch gap from the truss.
You need to be well-prepared if you want to survive a hurricane. This year, the National Weather Service expects more than four hurricanes and 10 major storms. Contact Quality Discount Roofing to inspect your house and recommend the relevant repairs before as the season begins.

How Hurricanes And Severe Storms Impact Roofs

How Hurricanes And Severe Storms Impact Roofs

 

 

 

Living in the Jacksonville area does not come without weather considerations. Hurricanes and severe storms are not uncommon, and keeping your roof safe from storm damage is key.

There are preventative actions to avoid impacts. But should a storm damage your roof, quick action is required to ensure safety for family members, to arrange for repairs and, if needed, an entirely new roofing system.

The professionals at Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville are at the ready to quickly respond to all your roofing repair concerns and needs. From inspections to assess damage to the need for a full replacement roof, you can rely on us to provide the level of service you require. We work on flat, tile and shingle roofs.

The best plan, of course, is to avoid damage, to begin with. Many steps can be done by homeowners during a few hours once a year. Check for loose, curled or missing shingles or tiles. A well-maintained roof will hold up to severe weather better than one not in good repair. Heavy storms and hurricanes can be accompanied by winds in excess of 150 mph, which can not only rip off shingles and tiles through an uplift effect but can even tear off the underlying roof deck.

Check the attic for gaps that allow water, light or wind to enter. Examine trusses and rafters to ensure the roof deck is properly secured. Easy safety measures include applying roofing cement under shingle tabs, running a bead of adhesive between the rafter and deck, and applying roofing cement to roof edges where shingles are exposed.

Adding hurricane clips or safety straps that secure your roof to your home walls, are inexpensive but often difficult to install and may require a professional roofing consultant. They are well worth the effort and cost though because such preventative steps will often lower your home insurance premiums by as much as $1,500 to $4,500 on a $150,000 home.

Following severe storms, inspect your home and roof from the exterior for any visible signs of damage, such as missing shingles or tiles, gutters and drainage issues, valleys, exhaust pipes and metal work around a chimney. Inspect the home interior for any sign of leaks on walls or in the attic.

Should your home be damaged by a tree collapse or your roof be compromised by storm damage, you may need to evacuate the home until it can be stabilized by professionals. In the event of a roofing emergency, inhabitants should leave the home and call their insurer and a professional roofer. Once on site, the roofers may need to install a temporary covering while repairs are made and determine if it is safe for the owners to re-enter.

If your roof has been subject to severe storm or hurricane conditions, contact our roofing experts at Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville for an inspection for damage or a free estimate on repair. Phone us at (904) 396-5000 today to arrange a visit.

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