Hurricane Matthew has past and it’s time to assess damage to our homes and businesses.
The part of homes that most frequently need repairs after hurricanes happens to be our specialty – shingled roofs.
It’s often difficult to tell if professional inspections are necessary. No one wants to waste their money or a contractor’s time.
Don’t beat around the bush! Even a small breach in your roofing material could spell tens of thousands of dollars worth of repairs down the road due to mold forming or wood rotting. Use these 3 simple steps to know when to call in the pros:
1. Shingles in the Yard
This might be obvious to some – however if you use a weekly landscaping service or just don’t go out in your yard much, it can be easy to miss.
What can you do?
After every hurricane do a walk around your yard to inspect for shingles. Depending on the size of your yard and the intensity of the storm, you might want to peak around your neighbors lawns as well.
Do the shingles you find match your home? If you don’t have any nearby neighbors and are finding shingles, it’ll be clear where they came from!
2. Visually Inspect the Roof
Finding shingles in your yard definitely suggests that you might need repairs. Adding a quick, visual inspection of your roof will confirm if there’s damage that needs addressing.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that every bit of damage will be visible to the untrained eye. Even professionals sometimes can’t tell if a roof needs attention without walking the roof for a closer look.
Seeing the signs of damage? Don’t wait:
Call 910-795-2700 to get in touch asap
Homes are big investments and things can spiral out of control quickly with water damage from leaking shingles. If you’ve found any shingles in the yard, see gaf paper or shingles disturbed on your roof, or haven’t had an inspection in 4 years, we recommend calling us up. We’ll meet asap, walk your roof, and then plan any repairs if they’re needed.
3. Keep Alert During Storms
If you hear anything scrape or bump along your roof during a hurricane, be sure to record the incident so you remember to inspect later and have something to report to the contractor if need be.
It’s important to keep in mind:
Storms can be exciting and scary. Taking a quick moment to remind yourself to inspect the roof and the yard after any auditory signs of potential damage could mean the difference between a quick $40 patch job and a $4,400 truss replacement down the road.