With winter coming, wind, snow and ice storms will threaten the integrity of your roof. When those events happen, it can be a confusing and stressful time. Here are some tips on what to do after a storm so you can get damage addressed quickly.
Types of Roof Storm Damage
First, let’s identify the different storm types and the unique threat they pose to your roof.
Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or higher) and gale-force winds (39-54 mph) cause visible damage to the roof, tearing off shingles to expose the underlayment. They can also damage your roof deck or the waterproofing material underneath. But it doesn’t take a lot of wind to do damage. Even in small wind storms, sudden gusts of wind can curl or lift shingles, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks from future rain storms.
Hailstorms don’t last a long time, but they can do some significant damage in that time. Common types of damage include dents and pockmarks in shingles and metal panels, as well as shingle granules that can come loose. Those granules are important because they protect your roof against damage from the sun and weather.
3. Standing Water
If you don’t have proper drainage for your roof, standing water can result after a rain storm. Clogged gutters are another culprit, causing a backup of water under your shingles.
Debris can be sent to the top of your roof in a severe wind storm, such as tree limbs and small branches. That debris can dent or pierce the surface of your shingles or metal roofing, resulting in moisture intrusion.
Roof Storm Damage Checklist
Here’s what to do to protect your roof from storms.
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
Hire a trusted roofer to conduct a thorough roofing inspection. They can check for roof damage that may have occurred during the last storm and suggest the best ways to fix it. You can do quick checks on your own periodically too. Walk around your home’s perimeter and assess the roof. Do you see any visible storm damage signs? Jot down your concerns and take photos of problematic areas such as torn or missing shingles.
2. Hire a Dependable Roofing Contractor in Massachusetts
Working with a metal roofing contractor you can trust is important. Be sure to establish a good relationship with a roofer now so that when you need them, they’ll be there for you. Many roofers are extremely busy after a significant storm, and you don’t want to waste time scrambling to find a good one.
- Make sure they are licensed, insured, and offer strong warranties for the products they use and the work they perform.
- Read reviews online and ask around for word of mouth recommendations.
- Ask for free quotes on inspections.
3. Call Your Homeowners Insurance Provider
In order to file a claim quickly, call your homeowners insurance provider right after you notice damage. They will have a few requirements, such as notes and photos of the damage, which can be collected by assessors or inspectors.
Contact Revered Metal Roofing
If you have recently suffered storm damage to your roof, get in touch with Revered Roofing right away. Our Avon roofers can come out to do an inspection quickly and make any necessary repairs. Please contact us at 781-536-4589 to make an appointment
We serve the entire South Shore and lower Cape with quality metal roofing repair and installation; standing seam, metal shingle and metal panel roofs in Hanson, Taunton, Marshfield, Quincy, Needham, Medfield, Milton, Halifax, Hanover, Falmouth and Plymouth.
Paul and his crew did a great job on my roof. The house has a cleaner and better look now without the old shingles showing and the new roof should last a long time.