Should I get a roof inspection?

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What causes roof damage?

The roof was inspected before you purchased your home, and perhaps if you changed insurance companies for your homeowner’s policy, it was inspected.  Another time you may want to consider a roof inspection is when your home has roof damage after a storm or other unexpected accident. 

For most homeowners, it isn’t a matter “if” you’ll ever experience roof damage, but “when”. However, if you know what can cause roof damage, you can take steps to prevent it, but if you can’t prevent it, you’ll know what to expect: 

  • The Weather: Depending on where you live, there are various weather elements that cause roof damage. Among those elements are hailstorms, heavy rains, high heat, high winds, all the factors of a thunderstorm.  The deep freezing cold can cause roof damage too, with layers of ice and piles of snow.
  • The Age: Just like anything roofs age with time, and eventually it catches up and the roof become brittle, old, and weak. Even when you have maintained maintenance, repairs, and upkeep, aging will eventually cause roof damage. 
  • The Foot Traffic: Most homes don’t have much foot traffic, but if you have a lot of satellite service, or skylight serviced, then roof damage can happen. 
  • The Installation: A poor installation will cause roof damage in time. This could be poor workmanship or inferior roofing materials. If the last new roof was installed over an existing roof, it can cause roof damage, and damage the roof decking and more. 
  • The Missed Repairs: When you notice a shingle loose and askew, not getting it fixed right away can lead to severe roof damage if it start raining. Even the smallest hint of a leak should be repaired immediately to avoid severe roof damage. 
  • The Gutters: Keeping the gutters clean and repaired are just as important as keeping the roof clean and repaired.  Inspect both on a regular basis yourself and have them inspected twice a year by a professional roofing contractor. These inspections allow you to get ahead of any problems that can lead to severe roof damage.

How do you know if your roof is damaged?

When you suspect roof damage, inspection is critical to confirm that and get any repairs done promptly before that roof damage bets worse. When roof damage is allowed to advance, the repairs can get expensive and extensive, spreading into the walls and flooring. Warning signs to watch for are:

  • Water Damage: If the ceiling or walls have water stains, noticeable by brown, dingy water marks, or you notice mildew and mold in the attic along the rafters, you have roof damage. 
  • The Shingles: If you have missing shingles, or other parts of roofing materials, it is probably the result of extreme heat or high winds. Critters can lift up shingles or knock other roofing materials loose. Either way, you have roof damage. 
  • The Fascia and Soffits: If the fascia or soffits have deterioration or wood rot, this is a strong indication of roof damage that needs immediate attention. 
  • The Gutters: If your gutters have a large amount of asphalt granules, you have roof damage for either hail stones, heavy rains, high heat, or simply your roof is aging and weakened. 
  • Poor Ventilation: If you notice the edges of your asphalt shingles are curling, your roof has poor attic ventilation, and it has created roof damage by not being able to vent the heat and moisture out. 

Is roof damage covered by insurance?

Roof damage claims are determined by the insurance adjuster.  If there is obvious weather caused roof damage, your claim has a good chance of being approved.  However, if you have a leaking roof and file a roof damage claim, they will inspect it further. If they find it is leaking from age, or normal wear and tear, then your roof damage claim will be denied. 

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How do you repair a damaged roof?

 If you have roof damage leaking rain from a cracked or missing shingle, you can do a simple repair using a roofing sealant and a replacement shing. Simple remove the cracked shingle, or where there is a missing shingle, apply roof sealant on the underside of the shingle, spreading it with a utility knife, and press it into place.  Place something weighted to hold it for a couple of hours until the sealant adheres. 

So, what if you don’t find no roof damage, how often should I inspect my roof? As a homeowner, you should inspect your roof on a monthly basis, simply by walking around, looking up and checking for any obvious indications.  After a spring with a lot of storms, and after winter with ice and snow, have a professional roofing contractor inspect for possible roof damage that you can’t see. Call 478-785-2285 today for your roof repair in Macon & Augusta, GA.