Especially during tough financial situations, a problem with your roof can cause major headaches and become a source of stress. Your roof is a major shield for you and your family from the elements and helps keep the interior of your home dry. Fixing damages to your roof can be extremely costly, and some homeowners will look the other way before considering an inspection to see if there is roof damage after a storm. Ignoring a potential problem doesn’t make it not exist nor does it fix the problem. Before you end up paying more money to fix damages that could have been prevented, why not consider having your roof inspected?
How Often Should I Inspect My Roof?
Just like any other part of your home, your roof needs regular maintenance and attention to ensure that it has the strength to continue to do its most important job, protecting you and your family. It is highly recommended to get your roof inspected every fall and spring, as these two seasons are, one, coming from some of the harshest weather patterns of the year, and secondly, the time of year where debris is most prevalent. Debris from harsh spring storms and from plants getting ready for the wicked cold of winter during the fall can cause some problems to your roof.
Impact damage from hail and debris caught in the wind during a storm can harm the shingles on your roof, even ripping them off, and making holes in the underlayment. When this happens the potential for leaks rises and puts your family at risk.
During the fall, leaves and debris from plants can cause damage to your shingles and clog up your gutters. Clogged gutters can become heavy with debris and trapped water, causing the gutter to warp and putting force on the fascia. The fascia and soffit can, as a result of the gutter, begin to decay from water damage or become warped themselves from the added weight.
It is important to inspect your roof regularly for these early signs of damage, as repairs for these problems can be simple as just cleaning out your gutter. This will save you a lot of money and give you peace of mind to focus on your family.
What Causes Roof Damage?
As mentioned earlier, severe storms that can whip up debris and chuck it at your roof, and cause hail to pound down on the shingles can cause catastrophic roof damage. There are other causes of roof damage, and here is a quick run-down of them.
Trees are a beautiful addition to any yard, but they can be detrimental to the safety of your roof if they are allowed to grow to close to your home. Long branches that reach over your roof, can scrape away shingles, punch holes in your roof, and even fall on your home during heavy winds or severe storms. Dead trees are a serious concern, as they have a higher chance of becoming completely uprooted and come crashing down onto your roof.
This can be easily prevented by trimming back the long branches of your trees, keeping them away from your roof. If you notice that one or multiple of your trees are dead or dying, consider having them completely removed from your yard. For things such as dead tree removal, it is best to hire a professional team to help you, as doing it by yourself is extremely dangerous.
Be sure to look into replacing your dead trees with new ones, this can help keep the soil in your yard healthy and keep your yard looking pristine. This can help add to the home’s overall value.
It was already mentioned that wind can throw debris up onto your roof, which can damage your shingles. Wind also has the potential of causing your shingles to curl, as wind can lift up edges of damaged or even unfortified shingles. Curling weakens the shingles and shortens its area of protection.
Hail and Debris Damage to Roof Flashings
Your roof flashing is a vital part of protecting the integrity of your roof. The flashing’s main job is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your roof, which are the seams, vents, valleys, and edges. It is also responsible for helping redirect rainwater away from your roof and into the gutter, making it difficult for rainwater to pool on your roof. Pooling water can be a breeding ground for insects and a welcoming area for pests.
Strong storms that produce hail or strong winds that pick up debris from trees and garbage cans can cause dents to occur on your flashings. Damaged flashings increase the likelihood of roof damage caused by leaks. Leaks can lead to major problems, such as a weakened roof, water damage to your ceiling, walls, or valuables, and the growth of mold/mildew. Mold and mildew are especially harmful, as they have negative health implications, such as chest pain, runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
The changing of weather can also put some hard wear and tear on your roof. During the winter months, ice can form on your shingles or hang off of soffits. Ice on the shingles can allow a pathway for water to get underneath them when the warmer weather returns and melts away the ice. Icicles hanging off the soffits can create some added weight which pulls down on the boards, causing the material to warp. Regular maintenance of your roof can help you spot these problems before they evolve into a monstrous financial cost, such as getting a whole soffit or roof replacement.
Poor Roof Installation
Your roof is one of the biggest investments you will ever make for your home. That is why it is highly recommended that you search out a team of expert roofers when it comes time to replace shingles, repair flashings, or get a whole roof replacement. This can help you avoid roof damage from poor or incorrect installation techniques, and most companies offer a warranty to ensure the protection of your new roof.
If you are looking for a team of expert roofers who know their roofs like the back of their hand, call TQM Roof Solutions at 682-708-5166 for a free consultation. We would be more than happy to help you with any of your roof repair or installation needs!
How Do You Know If Your Roof Is Damaged?
Knowledge is the key to making sure that your roof is strong and doing its job properly. Knowing what to look for when doing your own inspection of your roof could be the dividing line between catching a flaw early and being too late. Here is a list of what to look for during your next routine roof inspection.
Inside of the home
- Stains on the wall or ceiling
- Cracks in the ceiling
- Moisture building up on windows or skylights.
- Outside of the home
- Lost or broken shingles
- Debris in the yard, gutter, or visible on top of the roof
- Sagging sections of the roof or gutters
- Chips in the paint on exterior walls
Roof Damage Inspection
It is recommended that you get your roof inspected by a professional, especially if you feel that there may be a problem but are not a hundred percent sure. At TQM Roof Solutions, we do thorough roof inspections and know the signs to look for that indicate your roof is in trouble. We also offer roof repair services, helping you maintain the safety of your home. We know the correct safety precautions and regulations, making it safer for us to walk on your roof. If you would like to have your roof inspected, call us at 682-708-5166 in Fort Worth, TX.
How Do You Repair Roof Damage?
When it comes time to repair your roof, there are several steps that every company or homeowner who feels like doing it themselves should take.
Making sure that you do a thorough inspection of your roof can help decide exactly what kind of repairs your roof needs.
Leaks can either be sealed or stopped completely by replacing that section of the roof.
Lost or broken shingles can be replaced, except if the damaged zone covers more than 30 percent of the roof. If the latter is the case, then the whole roof needs to be replaced.
Broken or warped flashings can also be replaced and should be as soon as possible. This can help you avoid further damages and reinforce the strength of your roof.
Is Roof Damage Covered By Insurance?
It is important to know the fine lines of your homeowner’s insurance policy. Most policies will cover extensive damages to your roof, but they may make you go to certain companies to get the repairs done. Other insurance companies may not cover small damages such as broken shingles, as this is considered more of a cosmetic problem to most insurance companies.
Also, make sure that you file roof damage claims immediately, as waiting for too long can make you lose your case with the insurance company. They will claim that the damage caused by your roof isn’t from that last storm, but from the roof aging naturally. Don’t let a problem sit for too long, or you may be paying for more than you bargained for.
What If I Don’t Notice Any Roof Damage?
Just because you don’t take notice of any damages, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not there. It is extremely important to receive regular inspections on your roof to make sure that it is holding up strong. The last thing you want is an unexpected tragedy of rain leaking into your roof and flooding your living room. If you need a team of roofing experts you can trust, then call TQM Roof Solutions today at 682-708-5166 for a free estimate on your next roof inspection. We can help you file a claim with the insurance company or just provide a routine check-up. We want your roof to be safe for you and your family, and we don’t want you to have to worry about what-ifs.