If there is one thing certain about living in the Jacksonville it would be that you cannot predict the weather. You never know when a strong storm may pop up completely unexpected, such as the recent March 24 storm that produced a quick 10-second downburst of wind overnight that caused severe storm damage to a farm on the West Side. On the other hand, we may have a storm warning that turns out to be nothing. Whatever the case, it is important to remember that the one thing that stands between you and the outside weather is your home, primarily your roof.
Keeping Your Roof Maintained
There are many factors that contribute to how your roof will respond to storms—for example, age type, supporting material like flashing. With your best defense against a storm being your roof, staying up-to-date with maintenance helps reduce the chance that it will tear off or leak during a bad storm. Shingles help protect your home from the weather. Loose, missing, or torn shingles leave your roof’s infrastructure vulnerable to hail, wind, and rain.
- Wind damage can cause creased shingle tabs which makes the shingle prone to more tearing along said crease, or even being completely lifted from your roof
- Shingles that are lifted and curled cannot prevent wind-driven rain from getting underneath
- Exposed underlayment, if damaged, will cause leaks inside of your home
- Damage from hail, such as dents or pockmarks, crush or dislodge the shingles’ asphalt granules that protect your room from rain and sun damage
If you find any of these conditions, it is time to have your roof repaired or evaluated to see if it needs to be replaced. It is a good idea to include a roof inspection in your spring routine each year before the storm season begins.
Inspect Roof after Each Storm
After a storm, remember to take look at your roof for signs of storm damage to your shingles. If possible, remove any branches or debris that may have fallen or blown onto your roof. Do not risk going up on a ladder if you are not comfortable doing so; contact a professional to inspect your roof. Take a walk around the perimeter of your house and make note of where you see damage. Not all damage is obvious, so pay attention to things like dented roof vents or degranulation that may alert you to hidden damage.
You may not see visible damage to your shingles, but wind or hail could still cause leaks that, if found early, will minimize the damage to your home.
- Be sure to check for leaks or water spots in your ceilings and attics.
- Use a flashlight to look for damp areas in your attic and look for signs of water around ceiling light fixtures.
Contact A.J. Wells Roofing if Storm Damage Found
If you do see visible damage to your roof or find leaks in your home after a storm, you will want to have repairs made as soon as possible. Your insurance company could deny future claims for storm damage if you do not make the repairs needed to protect your home from further damage in a timely manner. In the event of storm damage from hail, your insurance company will require you to have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing professional. Otherwise, your claim is likely to be rejected.
Contact A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors immediately to schedule your free inspection and quote for storm damage repairs. We will work with your insurance company so that you don’t have to do anything but pay your out-of-pocket deductible for your insurance.