Jacksonville is no stranger to severe tropical storms. Tropical storms can bring various weather patterns that will damage your roof if you are not properly prepared.
Some of the damaging effects of tropical storms include:
- Wind – Wind can crease your roof’s shingles and, sometimes, even tear them away from your roof completely. Strong winds can also cause damage to roofs via fallen trees and debris. Debris can damage your shingles, tear them, and, in the worst cases, puncture your roof. If your roof has sustained damage from downed trees and/or shingles are missing from wind damage, you should contact a roofer to secure your roof with tarps. A.J. Wells Roofing and Contracting is available all hours, 24/7 for emergency roof tarping services because we understand the importance of acting fast.
- Rain – If your roof is older or has prior damage, the heavy rains that commonly accompany tropical storms can seep into tiny cracks or intrude the areas where shingles are damaged due to wind; this can cause further damage to your roof, and, if the damage is bad enough, it can cause leaking and water damage inside of your home. It’s best to contact a roofing professional like A.J. Wells to give you a thorough roof inspection.
- Hail – Due to hail’s larger size, it can be much more damaging than other forms of moisture. Hail can damage your roof by leaving pockmarks and puncturing shingles and by causing degranulation. Sometimes the effects of hail are not easy to catch, and sometimes conditions are too unsafe for homeowners to try to do a self-inspection. Contact a roofing professional like A.J. Wells Roofing immediately following a hail event to assess the damage.
Crossing the following off of your storm prep checklist can help you prep your roof for incoming storm damage:
- Check shingles and roof chimneys and kitchen vents – If you can safely check your roof’s materials and attachments (like gutters), you should try to do a quick once over before a storm. If any obvious signs of deterioration exist in the roof deck, the membrane, the flashing, or the joints, you should call to have them secured right away. Many signs of damage are difficult to see, however. To be safe, you should contact A.J. Wells for the most thorough possible roof inspection.
- Check interior walls – Interior walls and ceilings are a good indicator of whether or not you have leaks in your roofing. Typically, if your ceiling hasn’t sprung a full-blown leak, brown stains that show through the ceiling and walls can be a sign that you have a leak in your roof. You should contact a roofing professional immediately and have your roof inspected for the source of the problem so you can begin the process of having it repaired.
- Remove fallen trees and cut away hanging branches – If you have heavy tree branches close to your roof that look loose or that they could be torn down onto your roof during a heavy storm you should try to have them removed if possible. Fallen trees can cause a lot of damage to a roof, and leaving the tree on your roof will only exacerbate your troubles. If you do have a fallen tree on your roof after a storm, you should call A.J. Wells Roofing to have us remove the fallen tree and tarp the roof immediately.
Riding out the remainder of tropical season will be a struggle if you don’t have your roof evaluated by a professional like A.J. Wells. Even with your best prep and support efforts, there are some signs of roof damage that only roofing and contracting professionals can catch. Contact us at www.AJWellsRoofing.com or at (615) 553-0069 to get your roof assessed so you can ensure that it will withstand the upcoming storms.