As the country watches the onslaught of both summer and early winter storms, more homeowners are considering the steps they can take to ensure their home is well protected against severe storms and other weather events. While homeowners may be taking steps to stockpile food and other necessities in case of power outages, putting back a bit of cash or developing an evacuation plan, home maintenance issues should also be a part of the agenda. Severe storms can cause a number of problems particularly for the roof. Proper roof maintenance and vigilance after a bad storm can help keep damage from becoming worse. After all, the roof is the main defense a home’s occupants have against poor weather conditions!
One of the most common roofing problems resulting from storms is leaks to the roof in several common areas. Materials damage on the roof usually results after a storm. Blown off shingles or other damage can eventually lead to leaking or pooling of water. Steady rain can cause water to pool in flat areas eventually resulting in those tell-tale brown spots on the ceiling. Putting off dealing with what appears to be a small leak could turn out to be a costly decision. Just because a leak appears to be small from the vantage point of the ceiling doesn’t mean there isn’t a larger problem. Water may be seeping in from another area and simply running down and pooling in a visible spot. Professional roofing contractors can help determine the true source of a leak.
High winds during storms can lift the flashing (metal put down to safeguard rooftop edging) from the roof altogether! Besides blowing off or peeling up shingles, high winds can transport debris, slamming it into rooftops and damaging chimneys and other roofing materials. This type of damage is not unfamiliar to Houston roofers, who have seen their fair share of storms. Hail damage can pound shingles, weakening them and compromising their effectiveness.
After a storm, perform a damage assessment as soon as possible. Safely use a pair of binoculars, preferably from an adjacent property, to examine your rooftop. Look for buckling or structural sagging. Search the chimney for signs of damage. Scout out any peeling or blown off shingles. A good clue to roof damage is to check the surrounding trees. Broken or missing tree branches may also indicate similar roof damage. Go into the attic if possible or have your professional roofing contractor search for signs of damage, including water damage or stains, wet insulation or daylight peeking through the boards. This may indicate damage you cannot see from the outside.
If damage is found, it is important to schedule an appointment with a contractor to minimize the expense and damage done. Developing an ongoing relationship with a roofing contractor who understands the needs of the area and has valuable experience with the types of storms your area experiences should be a vital part of home maintenance. Whether you are looking for Cy Fair Roofing or other municipalities, you are sure to find experts with storm damage experience to meet your needs.
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5100 Westheimer # 200-A1
Houston, Texas 77056
Phone: (832) 730-2500