You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Many homeowners look at their roofs from the ground to give them a visual inspection and think that everything is fine. However, storm damage is not always as apparent as you may think. Here are some things that you need to know about storm damage if you are a homeowner that's responsible for their own roof.
Professional Inspection Is Needed
One of the problems with storm damage is that you actually need to get on the roof to inspect it properly. Shingles may look fine just by looking at them, but a proper inspection actually involves checking individual shingles to see which ones are in need of repair or replacement. It cannot be done from the ground, and it may feel too dangerous to get on the roof yourself to do it.
Nails May Be Loose
A common problem with high winds is that they will rip the shingles off the roof's surface. Missing shingles are easy to identify, but a more common problem is nails that have become loose and allow big sections of roofing material to become unattached. This can lead to water intrusion under the shingles, which can cause water to get into your home.
Granules May Be Lost
Even if the shingles themselves are attached to the roof, you may be missing a lot of granules that are needed to give the roof protection from the sun. The granules may look bare from a close visual inspection, or you may notice a lot of granules in your gutters and at the bottom of downspouts. Missing granules are just as important to fix as a cracked or loose shingle.
Fascia and Soffits May Be Damaged
Those areas under the eaves of your roof are known as the fascias and soffits, and they are susceptible to being damaged as well. Damaged fascia and soffit boards can cause water to get into them from a storm, which will cause water damage and mold growth in most situations. You'll need to replace this damaged material with new material to create a solid barrier on the outside of your home.
Insurance Can Cover The Damage
If you are worried about being able to afford to make repairs to your roof, know that homeowners insurance typically covers storm damage. Once you pay your deductible, insurance will cover the rest of the bills related to damage specifically caused by storms. However, they will not cover damage caused by neglecting to care for your roof.
For more information, contact a local roofing company.