One thing that Florida residents know from experience is that the weather is unpredictable. Even when it is not hurricane season, you never know when a surprise storm may pop up. Take for instance the recent severe storms that swept through the Lake City area, Fort Myers, and Sarasota County in mid-January. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause a lot of damage to your home, especially your roof.
Not All Storm Damage Is Obvious
Unless your roof has been ripped off your house or you see evidence of debris from your roof laying around, you may not be aware that your roof has storm damage. You may think just because the damage is not obvious, that it is probably not a big deal. This assumption is incorrect! Existing minor damage to your roof will accelerate subsequent wear and tear on your roof. It may also invalidate any future claims you may make for roof damage on your homeowners insurance.
How to Tell if Your Roof Has Storm Damage
Once a severe storm has passed, you should always take a look at your roof to look for obvious damage, such as torn, loose or missing shingles. If the layer of shingles on your roof is damaged, its first line of defense against rain and wind is now compromised. When this happens, the underlayment, flashing, and sheathing of the roof become more vulnerable to damage, which means water can more easily make its way into your home.
If you are able to safely get to your roof, it is a good idea to remove any debris that may have landed on your roof, whether it is branches, palm fronds, or leaves. Not only could there be damage underneath the debris, but leaving it there could also eventually stain your roof or cause mold and mildew to grow from the dampness.
Special Consideration for Hail
If the storm included hail, you need to check to see if there are dents or pitting evident on your shingles. The problem with hail damage is that it is often confused with normal weathering or defects to the shingle material. Usually when a shingle has been damaged by hail, there will black marks where the hail has hit. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell the difference between hail damage and existing damage. Because of this, most insurance companies have cracked down on hail damage claims and will require that a roof inspection be performed by a roofing professional to determine if the damage is from hail.
Depend on A.J. Wells Roofing
If you suspect your roof has storm damage or if you are unsure, consider scheduling a roof inspection with A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction. Do not take a chance by putting off roofing repairs that will make your home more vulnerable the next time a storm hits. While you cannot depend on the weather, you can depend on the roofing experts at A.J. Wells Roofing to repair any damage caused by the weather.