With all that in mind, March and April are ideal to get your residential roofing ready.
Storm Damage Risks To Your Roofing System
Long before a storm hits, be sure to take outdoor furnishings safely inside and remove tree limbs that may break. Storm damage becomes likely when wind gusts reach 50 miles per hour or more – but much lighter winds can be hazardous if they catch onto projectiles.
Roofing symptoms such as curled shingles and bent flashing should be repaired before storms set in. One or two curled shingles will not usually indicate a major issue, but they invite moisture infiltration. Sustained rains can penetrate into the roof decking and ruin it.
Waterlogged decking is also a major risk factor for mold and mildew. Some forms of mold are so dangerous that they make a home uninhabitable. Any standing water from a roof leak can lead to mold. Plus, standing water might be hidden deep within walls.
Evaluating Storm Impact To Residential Roofing After Winds Pass
Once it’s safe to go outside after a storm, inspect your roof from ground level. Using a pair of binoculars can help. Don’t be tempted to climb up on the roof, especially while it’s still wet and slick.
A quick inspection is usually enough to see lost shingles and other common damage.
When you finish, go up to the attic to look for any signs of leaks, Florida roof pests, and deteriorating insulation. If the air is humid and rank, moisture is getting in, even if the source is hard to find.
If you notice roof leaks, the first steps are simple. Lay down a bucket to catch falling moisture. Remove items from the floor in the immediate area and contact a roofer right away.
Protecting Your Home After The Storm
A post-storm inspection should be performed as quickly as possible. It’s crucial to call a roofing expert as soon as you can, since reputable roofers usually have lots of appointments the week after a storm.
If you’ll be getting residential roof repair covered by insurance, there’s an important task to take care of. Put waterproof tarps on the roof, covering its entire surface. This protects your damaged roof system from complications as rain continues.
Most insurers require homeowners to take action to prevent further damage. If this isn’t done within a few days, it may be harder to get an insurance company to honor your roof repair claim.
Leaks might not be obvious at first, so take a visual inventory of the home each day for the first few days. Also look out for damage to doors, windows, and exterior walls.
Whether you’re getting pre-storm repairs or a post-storm inspection, Plair Homes is the team that’s always here to help. For all your Jacksonville residential roofing needs, contact us today.