No matter where you reside in Florida, chances are you’ve had your fair share of bad weather over the years. This holds especially true for Brevard County. Florida typhoon-like storms do a great deal of damage and wreak havoc on roofs. There are different types of storm damage:
Hurricane-force winds (winds of 74 mph or more), or gale-force winds (39-54 mph or more), can cause visible damage to your roof. High winds can remove or damage shingles, exposing the roof deck, underlayment, and waterproofing material to the elements.
A strong wind that comes out of nowhere can lift and curl shingles during less severe storms. When shingles are laid, they overlap to establish a water-tight barrier, and this lifting and curling can compromise that seal, leaving your roof vulnerable to wind-driven rain damage.
Roofs with poor drainage may experience standing water after heavy rainstorms, particularly in rough places. Rainwater might back up under your shingles due to clogged gutters, allowing moisture to penetrate the underlayment or roof deck.
Depending on the strength of the storm, debris ranging from small twigs to huge tree limbs may end up on the top of your roof. Large objects can dent or impact the shingle surface, leaving that roof section prone to moisture entry, but lightweight branches are of less concern.
But First, Inspection!
As is customary, safety comes first. Contact a reliable, professional roofing contractor to schedule an inspection and obtain assistance with a damage assessment. Many contractors offer free roof inspections and know where to look for issues safely.
Roof: Take a visual inspection of your roof by going around the perimeter of your home and noting any evident storm damage. If you are struggling to view the roof from the ground, one of your windows may provide an overview of parts of your roof. Keep a list of notes and take photos; this can come in handy for insurance later. Any apparent indicators of storm damage, such as dented, torn, curled, or missing shingles, should be documented.
Gutters, Vents, and Windows: Examine your gutters and roofing accessories, such as gable vents and other overhangs, for dents. One should check cracks, broken glass, loose weather-stripping, and ripped screens.
Areas Outside: Look for fallen tree branches, missing fence posts, or damage to lawn furniture and other decorations as you go around the outside of your house.
Ceilings & Attics: While the exterior of your home’s roof may appear to be unharmed, wind can cause hidden leaks. Unfixed, it may lead to worse problems later. Your ceilings, light fixtures, and attic should check water leaks and spots. Use a flashlight to look for sitting water to see in dark areas.
Hire a Dependable, Trusted Roofing Contractor
Roofing contractors can do the following:
- Examine the damage with a trained eye.
- Provide a pricing estimate for the repairs.
- Replace or repair a roof
Speaking with a Reliable Roofing Contractor
When speaking with and selecting a reputable roofing contractor, it’s critical to know what questions to ask and what to look for. Here are some pointers to get you started:
- Check to see if the roofing contractor you’re considering is licensed, insured, and able to provide a solid warranty on their work.
- Check to see if the roofing contractor can analyze and estimate the damage.
- Examine internet reviews to learn about other people’s experiences with their products or services.