Whether you can see it or not, storms can damage your roof in a variety of ways. At first glance it might appear that everything is in order, however even small problems can go unnoticed and become bigger issues later on.
Problems Can Soon Worsen
If you think your roof may have been damaged by a storm, don’t assume this isn’t true after a quick look from the ground. A small leak for example which is left is a bad idea, over time this will lead to mold, mildew and maybe even rotting wood integral to the structure of your roof. Other potential problems include unwanted animal guests entering through cracks/holes, and lost energy heating your home.
If you are in any doubt contact a professional roof inspector. They are experienced in identifying even minor damage and deformities which can become more problematic the longer they are left.
Helps Your Insurance Claim
If there is significant damage and you want to make a claim on your insurance a professional inspection will help to make the process run a whole lot smoother. A detailed report from your inspection will enable you to tell your insurer exactly what damage has been sustained and the potential cost to put it right.
What to Expect From an Inspection?
A thorough inspection should involve checking:
- Shingles/tiles for cracks or other damage/deformities
- Possibility of leaks
- Drainage is working correctly
- The integrity of gutters, drains, and fascia
- The condition of eaves, dormers, and chimneys
A good inspection may also include the inside of your property to check for adequate insulation and the possibility of any structural damage.
The person performing the inspection should detail all areas of concern and where possible provide photographic evidence as to the condition of the roof. This will help your case with any insurance claim.
When hiring someone to professionally inspect your roof, take the time to ensure they are trustworthy. There are plenty of people out to make a quick buck and charge for repairs that aren’t needed. Check for online reviews and any examples of past work to help confirm the integrity of the firm you choose. Also be sure any inspector working on your roof has adequate insurance should anything go wrong, don’t be afraid to ask for evidence of this.
Article written by JPW Building LLC, construction company with specialist roofing division and over 20 years’ experience in the industry.