Taking Care of Your Roof: Storm Damage
Wear, tear, and old age aren’t the only threats to Arizona’s roofs. Severe weather such as microbursts, thunderstorms, and heavy wind can also cause extensive damage. While your roof may stand strong through trials and tribulations, there may come a time when the weather manages to cause some damage. This article takes a look at what you can do to prevent damage, how you can discover damage, and what you can do to repair the damage.
A few quick and easy tasks can help keep your roof safe when bad weather is on the way. Clear out any drains and gutters to ensure water is able to flow smoothly and away from your roof. Secure any loose items in your yard like patio furniture and yard ornaments for the duration of the storm. Make sure any tree limbs are at least six feet away from your roof so the limbs won’t cause any damage whipping about in high winds.
Pre and Post-Weather Inspection
Keeping on top of your roof’s condition is a good way to mitigate damage when bad weather strikes. While you don’t want to be clambering around on your roof all the time and adding stress, a few easy things to check for from the top of your ladder are worn boots around pipes; shingle granules in your gutters indicating a roof near the end of its use; missing, warped, curling, buckling, or broken shingles; popped up nails that can quickly be hammered down and rusty flashing.
Each of these are either indicative of or have the potential to cause serious damage to your home. It’s a good idea to take a few pictures of your roof’s current condition to compare later or provide to an insurance adjustor as a ‘before’ picture in the event of a claim.
After a storm, give your roof a look over. If something looks out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to call a Arizona roof inspector to come over. If they confirm that damage has occurred, it’s better to know now then wait and have it become a bigger problem.
If the inspector confirms that your roof has been damaged, it’s time to look into repairs. Start by contacting your insurance agency and discussing the claim. They may want to send an assessor to look over the damage or have your inspector send documentation. Some insurance agencies also have contractors and roofers they prefer to work with in your area. If this isn’t the case, also ask your inspector for any recommendations.
You’ll want to get estimates from multiple licensed and insured roofers; you should also research any company you consider working with. Check out their websites and reviews, and ask if they have any referrals from previous jobs. Look into their status with the Better Business Bureau. If a roofer gives you a “bad vibe,” then don’t be afraid to walk away and find someone else.
Preparation is Key
While no one wants to deal with a damaged roof, you should always be prepared. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help smooth the process if the time ever comes. With this information at your fingertips, you’ll be ready to take on whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
Why Stapleton Roofing Company
Since 2010, we’ve been providing top quality roofing services to Valley of the Sun home and business owners who appreciate and expect quality workmanship and unwavering integrity. Our experienced team has over 30 years of experience in Arizona. Our years of experience means we have been in the roofing industry and seen the practices people have tested and proven to be most reliable and lasting. We also have access to the recent advancements in roofing technology that improve roofing systems for people everywhere and save costs in lots of new ways, such as in sustainable and energy-efficient roofing. We are proud to offer the most trusted roofing and processes as well as revolutionary new roofing developments that add further value to homes and businesses. Read Full Post About Stapleton.