We all know a well-constructed roof is essential to keeping the elements and animals you don’t want out of your home while locking the cool and warm air that keeps your family comfortable inside. Unfortunately, North Carolina has its fair share of inclement summer weather in the form of tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, thunderstorms, high winds, hailstorms, and more. When these weather events hit, they can damage your roof in ways that may not be obvious to the naked eye—but can cause your roof to fail prematurely, requiring expensive repairs or damaging your precious belongings. Ultimate Roofing Inc. is proud to present six signs of summer storm roof damage you should be aware of and what you can do about them when they happen!
1.“Honey, there’s a tree sticking out of our roof.”
We might as well start with the obvious: Anything that wasn’t a part of your roof before the storm hit, but is now, is a sure sign of roof damage. Branches, boards, whole trees, debris, road signage, and even bicycles have been reported jammed into roofs after a bad storm. When this happens, you should call Ultimate Roofing Inc. to assess the damage, remove the foreign object(s), and make repairs quickly before the next round of severe weather hits!
2. “Sweetheart, where’s our roof?”
Going hand in hand with #1, the absence of some or all of your roof is a definite cause for concern. Tornadoes and hurricanes are notorious for high sustained winds capable of ripping shingles, siding, fascia, tiles, or shakes right off a roof. Even worse, they might just end up taking the entire roof and dropping it a county or two away. If you’re missing shingles, you should call your insurance carrier right away to file a claim and then call Ultimate Roofing to get an estimate to fix the damage. If some or all of your roof is missing, you’ll probably need to talk to your insurance adjuster, a city or county building inspector, and a qualified residential and commercial roofing contractor like Ultimate Roofing Inc. right away to make sure your property remains safe!
3. “Raindrops keep falling on my head…”
Whether you’re an oldies fan or not, water shouldn’t be dripping on you when you’re inside your house. Signs of a roof leak such as spreading discoloration on the ceiling or tops of walls, staining, dampness, and drips from the ceiling should all be addressed quickly because roofs are not self-healing, and ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. It’s always a good idea to call in a qualified plumber to make sure the problem isn’t with your pipes, but water always seeks the lowest possible level. This means that if you see water damage evidence on your ceiling a day or two after a big storm, there’s a great chance that water’s leaking from your roof. In this case, you need an expert roofer like Ultimate Roofing Inc. to stop the leak and prevent it from spreading!
4. “Is it hot in here?”
Your roof plays a crucial role in keeping your home cool and comfortable in summer and toasty warm and cozy in the winter. When your roof’s structural integrity is compromised, you may notice that you experience hot and cold air at unexpected times or that your home feels warmer or colder than it should, depending on the weather. Even worse, a month or two down the line, you might realize your home’s HVAC systems don’t work as efficiently as you’re used to when you notice your climate control bill rising. These symptoms are signs that your roof has been damaged, and you need to call a specialist residential and commercial roofing contractor Charlotte Metro trusts, fast!
5. “Gutter Ball!”
Storms can pile up dead leaves, small animals, and other detritus and debris in your gutters quickly. The problem is, if your gutters are full, the water has nowhere to go. Most roofing damage starts with buildups of debris that won’t allow water to escape through your gutter system to the ground, causing the water to pool up instead. Keeping your gutters clean and checking them after a heavy storm can help prevent this sort of buildup from clogging your gutters and causing unnecessary water damage to your roof.
Another common cause of roof damage is lightning strikes. While these are statistically rare, at odds of around 1 in 200, a lightning strike carries additional dangers because it’s not just the strike itself. If a thunderbolt hits your home, you should call the fire department as quickly as you can and get your family to safety because the extremely high temperatures a lightning bolt can generate can cause structural members, insulation, and other important components in the walls, ceilings, and roof to smolder, amplifying the risk of a secondary fire later. Once the fire department has cleared the house, you should call your homeowners’ insurance carrier and Ultimate Roofing Inc. to get the damage fixed quickly and efficiently before it has a chance to get worse!
Storm Damage Prevention Tips
There’s not much you can do except get out of the way and hunker down when Mother Nature starts throwing a tantrum. Luckily, there are some preliminary steps you can take to help prevent storm and water damage before they have a chance to get started. Ultimate Roofing Inc. recommends taking the following steps to prevent summer storm roof damage!
- Install enclosed gutters to keep debris out of your gutter system and prevent water from pooling on the roof.
- If your house is more than two stories high, consider a lightning rod to help channel the energy of a lightning strike to the ground and away from your home.
- You may want to consider hurricane straps to keep your roof anchored in the event of a hurricane. While these don’t always help, they’re often better than taking your chances.
- After a severe summer weather event, call Ultimate Roofing at (704) 285-1075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a roof inspection and 24-hour emergency repair as soon as possible, especially if you suspect damage.
Our certified, knowledgeable roofing technicians are trained to detect indications of new roof damage that the layperson’s eye can miss, helping you get your roof back to normal before any damage there is has a chance to become a problem. We’ll even work with your insurance carrier to help ease the sticker shock of a repair as much as possible, whether you just need a quick section patch or a complete tear-off and redo of your roof. And our repairs and services are all backed by the Ultimate brand, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the best in the business on your side. Click here to contact Ultimate Roofing Inc. today and make sure your roof is hardened against all the summer storm roof damage nature can dish out!