SPOTTING ROOF DAMAGE
Severe roof damage doesn't only occur from tornadoes and fallen trees. Some of the most complicated roof damage is caused only by consistent exposure to high winds over the course of several years. What starts as a missing shingle or warped area of your roof can lead to water damage and complete roof replacement. Because of the minor nature of these initial damages and their compounding impact down the road, it's important for your roof to keep an eye on your roof for any missing shingles or noticeable damage, especially during high wind seasons.
The Causes & Process of Wind Damage
Gradual wind damage is a result of uneven distribution of wind and damaged or missing materials. Once a grouping of shingles or roof edge is bent, damaged or removed, high winds will attack stress points in your roof's structure that could lead to monumental damage and costly replacements. There is also the possibility of leaking, water damage, and the need for interior repairs and replacements as well. Luckily, such damage can be avoided with a watchful eye and swift, appropriate repairs or replacement.
Damage From Debris & Tree Limbs
Extreme winds aren't the only problem when it comes to your roof. You also have to be aware of what the wind carries during a storm. Branches and tree limbs, rocks, ice, dirt and debris can impact your roof significantly if not tended to. The best way to avoid preventable tree damage to your roof is by monitoring the trees on your property or close to your home. If the trees don't hang over your home, make contact with your roof, or run any risk of falling onto your house, your risk of roof damage is greatly reduced. A wavering branch has just as much chance of damage to your shingles as a wavering limb. While it's harder to prevent rocks and ice, you can at least monitor your roof and surrounding property for debris after a storm to predict whether damage may have occurred and act quickly. There's no way to stop a storm from happening, but you can do a lot to protect your home leading up to it and during the aftermath.
Steps For Spotting Wind Damage
If there was a particularly bad storm recently, it is important to look at your property from the outside and monitor for any broken or missing materials, or foreign objects and debris littered around your lawn. The earlier you find any potential damage, the easier and cheaper it will be to repair the damage, so your patience and vigilance is well worth it.
Be sure to look for:
Cracks & Splits
Holes & Tears
Gutter Leaking & Rusting
Cracked or Stripped Chimneys
There are other ways to know if your roof has been damaged. After you have inspected the outside of your home, check your walls and ceiling for new or unusual discoloration, leaking, or inefficient temperature control. These elements are often caused by a damaged roof, and quick action will save you further water damage and energy costs.
Taking Swift & Proper Action
If you are unsure about the state of your roof after your initial inspection, or if you find something of concern, the best course of action is to call QSPS Housing Solutions. We have the equipment and experience to conduct a through, professional roof inspection, keeping you from risking your own personal safety. We can make repairs or replacements as needed, whatever is in your best interest. We offer financing and connect you with claims services, helping you file an insurance claim to cover as much of the cost as possible. You don't have to go through this alone. Contact us today for a free roof inspection!