On November 17, 2014, the First Coast was shaken up by an extremely aggressive storm. Unfortunately, many Jacksonville homes were damaged from the excessive rain, high speed winds and hail. Needless to say, we have been incredibly busy since then helping customers all over the city get their roofs repaired and replaced.
What the Storm Brought to the First Coast
Multiple funnel clouds were spotted all over the area but there was only one confirmed tornado over southern Baker county. It was declared as an EF-0 with winds exceeding 80 MPH.
Most neighborhoods saw straight line winds of 45-55 MPH where other localized areas saw 70 MPH winds. These winds were strong enough to turnover a big rig truck on the Dames Point bridge and leave glass panes hanging by their caulking from the Wells Fargo building downtown.
There were numerous power outages reported throughout the city.
What We Saw Firsthand
Our roofers saw a lot of homes with derooted trees crushing homes and cars. Once the tree surgeons come out and remove the trees, we tarp the roof to prevent costly damage to the interior of the house. In addition, many homes had missing shingles. The areas of your roof with missing or broken shingles leaves your home susceptible to water damage which eventually will compromise your home’s ability to shelter your family. Some of the neighborhoods with the worst damage were in the following zip codes. If you live in one of these areas, you should have your roof inspected:
Inspecting Your Home
When dealing with a damaged roof, the sooner you act, the better. As soon as the storm is over, look for some of the following signs which are clear indicators that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced.
Hail Impact: If you notice dents on your car, garage, gutters, siding or holes in window screens, pool covers, etc, your roof has more than likely been bruised by hail. Bruising results in the loss of granules which exposes the roof to excessive wear and tear. Bruising is very common in Florida homes. While it may not seem as urgent as a tree falling onto your home, the prolonged effects of hail damage can be detrimental to the lifespan of your roof.
Missing or Broken Shingles: Stand in your yard and investigate your lawn for shingles. If you do see shingles laying in your yard and it appears that some are missing off of your roof, a roofing company needs to be contacted as soon as possible.
In the aftermath of a bad storm, you will most likely get the cost of a roof replacement covered by your insurance company. Even if you think your roof has experienced minimal damage, it’s best to get it inspected to ensure that your roof is in good standing. Make sure you have a reputable, trusted roofing contractor present during the insurance inspection. A knowledgeable roofer can evaluate your roof along with the adjuster so notes can be compared and to confirm that all aspects have the inspection have been touched on. Often times, the insurance adjuster will overlook some damages which your roofer may catch because roofers are very familiar with building codes and non repairability.
If you live in one of the highly affected areas, you’ve noticed one of your neighbors getting their roof replaced after the storm, or you have any other signs of damage, there’s a good chance your home may be damaged, too. Contact us to have one of our technicians evaluate your roof for free.