Benefits of a professional roof inspection to assess storm damage
Living in West Texas, we are used to extreme weather conditions like scalding heat one day and cool temperatures the next. It’s not unheard of to have spring days with 50 mph winds and pop-up thunderstorms accompanied by golf ball-sized hail. While we have the luxury of taking cover inside, our roofs do not. So how do you keep our roof in tip-top shape, maintaining it well during severe weather season?
First and foremost, it’s crucial to find a local roofing company you can trust who has the expertise and licensure to inspect your roof correctly. Even if you don’t see roof damage, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Minor water leaks or damaged shingles can quickly become an issue and significant expense if they go undetected and untreated. Your home is more than likely your most significant investment, so it is critical to keep it maintained properly and repaired swiftly.
Why Use a Professional Roof Inspector?
Many roof inspections by licensed roofing companies like CT Roofing & Construction are free. This is a no-obligation opportunity to have a professional assess the current condition of your roof without any risk to you. Professional roof inspectors are trained to look for issues on your roof that you may not detect readily, saving you money in the long term.
Check out these additional benefits of a professional roof inspection:
- Safety: Roofing professionals are trained and experienced in getting on top of roofs and staying there safely. Professional roofing inspectors are aware of things like proper ladder placement and maintaining an awareness of the roof’s edge that is the downfall (literally) of many homeowners attempting to inspect their own roofs. Further, a professional roofing inspector has the training and experience to navigate the pitch and the hazardous surface of all types of roofs. If you suspect your roof has been damaged, all the more reason bring in a professional roofing inspector who knows how to navigate any open holes or broken skylights on your roof. Finally, know that it requires a professional roof inspector to test the roof’s stability to prevent a collapse from excess weight.
- Detect Leaks and Unseen Damage: As we have discussed, roof damage can be more than meets to eye. A professional roof inspector knows how to look for damage that may not be readily apparent on your roof or under it. Because water takes the path of least resistance, roofing leaks can be tough to spot. Roof leaks often get into the house’s structure, stopping at the ceiling or soaking into the drywall. Undetected damage behind the scenes can create mildew, rot, and even black mold. Be sure to ask a professional roof inspector to investigate for leaks and other unseen roof damage.
- Extend the Roof’s Lifespan: A professional roof inspector is looking not just for problems that exist but for preventable roof issues. By catching small leaks or a few damaged shingles early on, your roofer can make these inexpensive repairs and save you the cost and headache of a roof replacement down the road. It is always a good idea to get a professional roof inspection after a major hailstorm or high winds. This allows you to detect roof vulnerabilities early on . By keeping an eye out for potential damage, you can prevent more significant issues from occurring. If your existing roof is under warranty, a professional, documented roof inspection may be necessary to keeping your roof warranty valid.
- Assist with Insurance Claims: Roof insurance claims from storm damage aren’t always easy. Many insurance companies have coverage stipulations such as the age of your roof or the type of damage it may have sustained. A professional roof inspector from a local roofing company like CT Roofing & Construction will work with your insurance company to ensure the inspection is thorough. We properly document all damage in writing and include photos. A professional roof inspector should also be your advocate to ensure your insurance claim covers the costs of repairing or replacing your roof.
When to Schedule a Roof Inspection
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends booking an inspection during the fall, spring, or after any major storm or natural disaster. Remember, waiting to inspect your roof can compound any small, easy to repair issues, leading to greater expense and headache.
It is also important to note, most insurance companies have deadlines for you to file a claim. Some policies have a one-year deadline unless you can show good cause for the delay. If you have a wind and hail policy, you have one year from the date of damage to file a claim.
Other signs it’s time to get a Roof Inspection:
- Discoloration or worn shingles
- Over a year since your last inspection
- Roof is leaking
- Improve your home’s insulation
- A wound or hail storm has recently occurred