How do I protect my roof from storm damage?

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What does a damaged roof look like?

When it comes to your roof, there are ways to make it resistant to storms and the damages they bring, but unfortunately, there is not much in the way of fully making it impervious. However, damages resulting in significant destruction to the roof are highly rare. This comes especially so when a homeowner makes regular checks and inspections onto their roof to see if the most previous storm had done any damage. Residents of Macon & Augusta, GA can count on Crosby Roofing to commit to roof inspections and storm damage repair. While it is not required for home or business owners to get an inspection on the regular, we firmly recommend it. This is because when left alone, possible damages will cause a leak or extend into more extensive damages over time. To that point, storm damages on the roof can come in the form of:

  • Dents
  • Cracked or missing shingles
  • Debris carried into the roof
  • Punctures 
  • Leaks 

Depending on the storm, you may not even notice any damages at all with cases like minor shingle cracks or dents in the metal. Whereas sometimes you will be absolutely astounded at the amount of debris and loss of shingles among other circumstances that can occur. Legitimately, there are some ways to prevent easy damages like trimming back trees, making sure your property is well weighted down, and by keeping your roof up to date on it’s restorations. For storm damage repair call 478-785-2285 today.

How do you prove storm damage on your roof?

On the occasion that you do notice damages resulting from a storm or that were outside of your control, it is relatively easy to prove them. The most important thing to do in this case is to have some sort of documentation for when something of the sort happens. This is because you want all of the information at your disposal when filing a claim for roof insurance. After a strom that can cause storm damage to your roof, be prepared to:

  • Make a list of all visible damages
  • Take plenty of pictures
  • Get a roof inspection done as soon as possible
  • Have more than one person confirm there was a storm available 

While the final point in the matter is generally unnecessary, it is just another step in having yourself a safety net when it comes to filing an insurance claim. Documentation and taking pictures will generally be the brunt of the work done, tending to be accepted by insurance companies when they deem it a sufficient amount of damage. However, the best method in proving storm damage is getting a roof inspection by a professional roofer. The reason is that more than likely, your roof inspector has covered nearby households with a roof inspection after a storm and can claim that the damages were not individually to you. Not only that, but with the trained eyes that come with being in the roofing industry, we can assure you that we will catch the damages caused by a storm and help with the documentation.

How do I stop my roof leaking in heavy rain?

Generally, a leak can be bad news for a homeowner if not stopped before it can do any extensive damage. The key to prevention, in this case, is to detect whether there are any spots on your roof that can pool water. While your roof is rain resistant, it is not water proof and will have water seeping through if it can get under the shingles or through any seams. Not only that, but standing water will breakdown any roofing materials it sits on, like roof coatings and adhesives. If you spot debris on your roof or notice a sink in your roofing, it is imperative you remove the debris and get the sink fixed as soon as possible. Stopping a leak during a rainstorm is not entirely too difficult, it just is a somewhat laborious task. The most difficult part in this case is to find the source of the leaking and get it covered. When finding the point of the leak, which generally involves removing insulation, have roofing adhesive and spare wood or shingle read to plug the hole after removing the moisture. This is a temporary solution, once the rain stops, you will want to plug the hold from the outside. We recommend speaking to one of our professional roofers about what we can do for you.

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Should I file a claim for roof damage?

Absolutely, when you face significant damages to your roof from a storm or from something outside of your control, the insurance company is designed to cover you. Note that you should have some knowledge of whether this is covered in your homeowner’s policy. As mentioned before, you should take every measure in order to document what happened with the damages and send in a claim as fast as possible. While you do have a set amount of time before you absolutely need to send in an insurance claim, damages made from what you can prevent are generally not covered. For roof storm damage repair, call 478-785-2285 today to schedule your appointment.