A roof is your first line of defense against a storm. While they’re typically great at protecting you from harsh elements, a particularly brutal storm can wreak havoc on your rooftop. The most dangerous part is that most damages to your roof can’t be spotted from down below. However, a professional roof inspection can help locate and evaluate any damages that have occurred after a storm. If a roof repair or replacement is needed, your roofer will be able to act quickly and efficiently.
Signs to Look for After a Storm:
- Wind Damage. Strong winds can disrupt your roofing system. From the shingles to the flashing, it’s important to have a professional evaluation if you’ve experienced high winds.
- Hail Damage. Hail can cause dents, cracks, and divots in your roofing system. These damages can lead to a leaky roof if not taken care of.
- Falling Debris. Heavy amounts of leaves, branches, and other debris could affect your roof’s integrity. Whether it’s damaging the materials or weighing down your gutters, it’s important to remove excess debris from your rooftop after a storm and check for damages.
6 Ways Your Canuck Roofing Burnaby Company Can Help:
1. Analyze Roof Stability
Your roofer will start by looking at the stability of your roof. What does this mean? Well, a thorough review involves analyzing the supports around the roof to see if they’ve buckled or shifted. This is especially important after a storm as large bouts of rain, snow, or hail can interfere with the integrity of your roof. Furthermore, if there are large blocks sheltering a portion of your roof, such as a tree branch, this can cause an imbalance in your roof stability after a storm.
2. Review the Shingles
Do you have a beautiful shingle rooftop? As aesthetically pleasing and durable shingles are, they’re not completely invincible. To ensure that your shingles are still strong and in place, a professional roofer can inspect your rooftop. During a storm, shingles may come loose, become damaged, or dislodge all together. To avoid a costly roof leak repair down the road, the shingles must be securely installed, with no cracks or breaks in the pieces.
3. Check for Leaks
The last thing you want is a roof leak. It’s every homeowner’s nightmare as it can lead to substantial damage if not properly fixed. Sometimes roof leaks aren’t noticeable until a big storm hits, causing outdoor elements to sneak in through your ceiling. If you see signs of discolouration, such as brown spots on your walls or ceiling, you may have a leak. The best way to prevent this is by having regular professional roof inspections conducted. With regular inspections, you increase your odds at catching leaks early on before substantial damage occurs.
4. Inspect the Insulation
Roof damage can affect the insulation in your attic. A professional inspection can safely assess the integrity of your insulation to see if it was impacted by the storm. If repairs are needed, your team is already on the job.
5. Spot Smaller Issues
After a storm, you may be tempted to grab a ladder and inspect your roof yourself. If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, this isn’t a bad idea. However, while this can help you spot areas of obvious damage, it’s often the smaller, unseen issues that cause costly problems. With a professional roofer, they’ll be able to spot these barely noticeable damages and provide the solutions. Small leaks, damaged shingles, and ice dams are a few issues that might be missed by an untrained eye.
6. Assist With Insurance Claims
A massive perk of working with a professional roofer post storm, is their ability to handle insurance claims. Insurance companies require thorough documentation as proof of damage. Professional assessments, photos, and proof of repair can save you money, time, and stress.
At Canuck Roofing, we keep extensive records of our work to ensure your insurance claim is a breeze. As a professionally certified roofing company in Burnaby, we’ll take pictures of damages, provide a comprehensive summary of the roof repairs, and provide cost estimates to speed up the process for you. To eliminate potential complications of storm induced roof damages, contact our professional roofers today.