02 Apr How Hurricanes And Severe Storms Impact Roofs
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.