Repair my damaged roof
After this last spate of bad weather, walked around the house taking survey of damage we incurred, and it became apparent to me that I would need to file an insurance claim. I called my insurance carrier, and I was told that an adjuster would be out in a few days. I was giving information about damage to the service agent, and then she asked me about any roof damage. The question caught me off guard because I honestly did not have an answer. I told her that I would go and look at the roof, and then call her back. As I walked around the house, I noticed a couple of places where shingles had apparently broken or had blown off. It never occurred to me that I might have roof damage because the roof was not leaking, and no branches or debris had fallen on it, and so I barely gave it a glance.
When we bought the house 5 years ago, installing a new roof was part of the negotiations. In my mind, I knew that I would be replacing carpets in near future, but I was very comfortable assuming that I would not need to replace a roof until my old age. If a roof is properly replaced, you can expect a lifespan of 25 to 50 years. However, what we sometimes forget is that in order to get the longevity out of the roof we need to maintain it regularly. When the adjuster came out, he shared some simple guidelines to help ensure that homeowners get the long lasting roof that they invested in.
Routine inspections: what to look for
It is important that regardless of the weather, you need to make periodic inspections of your roof. He recommends that you inspect your roof every 6 months regardless of weather conditions and always inspect your roof after a storm or inclement weather.
It is recommended that you start with the flashing. If you look at a roof, you will see that wherever there is an opening, such as the chimney or any vents, you will see sheet metal under the shingles and around the apparatus. The flashing should be securely attached with no open seams. Flashing protects the sections of the roof that are most vulnerable. The majority of all leaks that require roof repair are related to the flashing. I you see that the flashing needs to be repaired, this is a high priority.
After a particularly heavy snow, or days of snow and ice, you need to inspect your roof for a phenomenon called puddling. Your roof is not designed to hold tremendous amounts of weight for an extended period of time. The weight can cause your roof to sag. If you notice sag or a dip in the roof, you should have a professional roofing company take a look at the problem as soon as possible.
Another weakness to look for is surface erosion, or blistering. This type of breakdown is more typical of older style asphalt shingles, but the occurrence is common and not necessarily a compromise of the roof’s integrity unless it leads to a gap in a seam. It is a normal progression in the aging of your roof; just keep an eye on it
Modern day shingles are built to withstand a lot of punishment be it scorching heat from the sun or high winds up to 120 MPH. It is important to remember that even the most advanced materials can be overcome by Mother Nature. Again, it is very important to inspect your roof after every windstorm, hail storm. If you suspect any damage, it is important that you call a professional to give you their professional assessment of the situation.
Professional roof repair in Greensboro
If you live in the Greensboro area, you have access to one of the most trustworthy and reliable roofing contractors in the area. Triad Installations has been repairing and replacing roofs for over twenty years. They are known for their honesty and their high quality work on residential homes throughout the region, including High Point and Winston-Salem. They develop a regular maintenance plan for all of their customers. Give them a call for a free estimate on Greensboro roof repair.