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How To Handle Roof Damage

Your home’s roof is your first best line of defense against the elements and flooding, be it rain, snow, sleet, or ice. Even wind can cause problems for your roof, and as such it is important to know how to identify these problems and what to do with them when they are found.

Roofs are commonly damaged during bad storms, hail, strong winds, even extremes of temperature. Ice and falling objects can also damage your roof.  The causes change from season to season so be aware of the potential problems.

Damaged roofs may show signs of water spots, wet insulation in the attic, or even damp framework and cracked paint.  Any one of these are a good sign of water damage and it becomes important to call a water damage restoration provider as soon as possible.

Wind damage is often easier to identify, since it will be apparent through the missing or damaged shingles on the roof, most of which will start to give once the wind speed tops 30 or 40 mph.  These shingles and any damaged flashing will have to be replaced.

Not all roof damage will be readily apparent, so you may have to take a ladder and physically inspect the roof. Always take care when climbing around up there, as injuries from falls occur every year. Better still, let your contractor do the estimate, since they know exactly how to handle situations like this.

Tiled roofs are often the most unstable and vulnerable to roof damage. They break and chip very easily, even from impacts as slight as a falling tree limb, and can suffer catastrophic damage when severe storms blow up.

In any case of roofing damage, you should affect repairs as soon as possible, since this will not fix itself and will only provide access to your home by water, creating a whole new array of water damage problems.



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