January 2, 2015
How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle?
We’ve all seen the unbelievable pictures of the record-breaking snow that recently buried the Buffalo, NY area. While homeowners have been asked to stay in their homes and off the impassable roads, a new worry has surfaced – can their roof handle the pressure? Here’s some information you can share with your homeowners while they are stuck inside.
Signs that a roof may be at risk from bearing the weight of the heavy white stuff:
- Visible sagging
- Noises that sound like creaking or popping
- Leaking coming from the roof
Flat or low-pitched roofs are more vulnerable, but pitched roofs can still be at risk when the snow is very heavy.
When it’s safe to travel, contractors in the area or within driving distance have an opportunity to help homeowners repair an unsafe roof (see our article “The Benefits and Risks of Replacing a Roof in Winter”). In general, as much snow as possible should be raked off their roof, but leave a few inches to avoid damaging the shingles. Also, make sure the snow is thrown away from the building and be careful using metal tools around power lines. Contractors should advise homeowners to call their insurance company to see if they are covered in the event of a roof collapse.
Liza Barth (2014 November 14) How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle? Retrieved on December 10, 2014 from GAF.com
November 21, 2014
How to Identify Hail Damage
You may think that just because you can’t see any signs of damage, or because your roof isn’t leaking, you don’t have damage. Remember, hail damage can be particularly difficult to identify and many homeowners discover major roofing damage years down the road, after it’s too late to file a storm damage claim with their insurance company. If you have any reason to suspect hail damage after a storm, you should have a full property damage inspection performed by a reputable contractor, right away.
Roof Hail Damage – Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home or business in hailstorms. A damaged shingle may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls, or windows, and can cause leaking, staining on walls and flooding inside your home. Leaking roofs lead to costly damages and many insurance policies have strict time limits on submitting claims after hailstorms, so it’s in your best interest to act fast after hailstorms and start the repairs process, if necessary.
Asphalt Shingle Damage: On an asphalt roof, hail damage looks like a dark spot, or bruise, where the roofing granules have been knocked away (look in gutters for accumulation of granules). In some cases you may find holes, cracking, or missing shingles on roofs with hail damage. This can result in leaking and serious water damage, which can lead to mold formation and wood rot, which can compromise the structural integrity of your roof resulting in collapse. In severe wind storms, it is common for shingles or sections of the roof to be missing altogether.
Other Types of Shingle Damage: Shake (wood), metal, tile, and slate roof shingles can all suffer damage from hailstorms. Due to the materials, each type of shingle shows unique signs of damage from hail. If shingles are cracked, missing, torn or split at seams, you should definitely have a damage inspection performed. Similarly, if you notice leaking inside your home after a hailstorm, get an inspection right away.
More about Shingle Damage
Siding Damage often results from wind-driven hail. The three most common signs of damage to siding are cracking, chipping and holes. Read more about siding damage here.
Window Damage is similar to siding damage, but usually more obvious to identify. Wind-driven hail can strike windows and break the glass itself, or cause damage to the seals on windows. Read more about window damage here.
Exterior Appliances can also sustain damage in hailstorms. Denting and intake of excessive amounts of water often affect AC / HVAC units after severe hail. Read more about exterior appliance damage here.
How to Repair Hail Damage
Hail damage can be very difficult to detect and often occurs to roofs, siding and windows, all of which are difficult DIY repair projects that could void your homeowners insurance or manufacturer warranty, if not performed by a licensed contractor. Due to the risks associated with hail damage, it is recommended to cut to the chase and have a storm damage repair contractor inspect your damages right away.
Staff Writer (2014 November) How to Identify Hail Damage. Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from the National Storm Damage Center
May 5, 2014
4 Ways to protect yourself from bad roofing companies
In Texas, Oklahoma, and other states the treat of bad storms brings out the worst in some companies. If you have roof damage or need a roof replaced make sure you know what to look for to ensure you get a reputable company and a quality roof. Here are the top four ways to choose a quality Roofing Company for your home.
1) Don’t use storm chasing companies- The most important thing to consider when choosing a roofing company to roof your house is to make sure they are local. When storms strike in your area storm chasers will come from out of state to try and make a quick buck. They great warranty they talk about doesn’t mean a thing if they are off to the next storm. These companies typically roof as many houses as they can and then move on to the next community.
2) Check the businesses Better Business Bureau Record- Just because a business is a member of the BBB doesn’t mean they have a honorable record with the BBB. Check their report and rating on the BBB site to see if they have had any complaints. You should also make sure the business is a member of your local BBB. The storm chasers might be members of the BBB but they could be members of the BBB of San Antonio or Minnesota or anywhere. You should again make certain they are local and have been with them for more than a couple months.
3) Solid References- Checking out the references of a business you’re looking to hire is a great way to make sure they are a respectable contractor. Most roofing companies will have plenty of references in your area.
4) The no leak warranty- First of all make sure that you get a no leak guarantee from your roofing company. The standard for the industry is 3 to 5 years. The no leak warranty is only as dependable as the company who gives it. A RED FLAG is when a company offers you anything more than a 5-year no leak warranty. Many storm chaser offer a 10 year no leak warranty making you think that is a honorable deal but they will be gone within a year so it won’t do you any good. When you think about it, if your roof is going to leak because of workman ship that will normally happen in the first year, probably the first honorable rain.
Staff writer (2014 March 26) 4 Ways to protect yourself from bad roofing companies Retrieved on April 17, 2014 From CCFConline.org