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5 Storm Damage Tips for Your Roof

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Tornadoes and turbulent weather can cause serious storm damage to your home and your wallet. Your roof, siding and other areas of your home can be damaged by wind, heavy rain, hail and ice. If your home has experienced a severe storm, it’s important not to panic. Here is a step-by-step guide to explain what to do after a storm.

Protect Your Home
First, protect your home as much as possible. If you have active leaks due to storm damage, cover the roof with a tarp to provide emergency protection. Keep in mind that a tarp is only a temporary measure until you call in a roofing professional. You may see additional signs of damage near your property, such as fallen shingles or other roof materials. Inspect your siding for telltale dimples caused by hail. Don’t forget to check your car for damage, as well.

Contact a Roofing Professional
Although you might be tempted to assess or fix storm-related damage yourself, it’s best to leave this to a professional roofing company like Findlay Roofing. You’ll receive an accurate report of the damage and an estimate of what it will cost to repair any problems caused by the storm. Professional roofing companies can ensure that you don’t overlook a hidden problem invisible to the untrained eye. Beware of storm chasers, who try to cheat and scam homeowners. Storm chasers typically visit neighborhoods after an intense storm. They may tell you that you need your roof replaced, when in fact, it only requires repair.

Call Your Insurance Agent
Be sure to report the storm damage to your insurance company immediately. Contact your agent to discuss your policy and what will be covered. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your insurance policy handy, along with the phone number to file a claim. Take an inventory of your household items, and make a list of belongings that were affected by the storm. Take photos of any damaged items, as some insurance companies may ask for them. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy carefully, and note your responsibilities. You’ll need to know your policy limits, deductible and how to file a claim.

Look for Additional Damage
If the exterior of your home has visible signs of storm damage, check the interior of your house, too. Your walls may show signs of water damage, including water stains or discolored areas on the ceiling. Have floors, furniture or appliances been affected by the storm? Keep a list of each item that requires repair.

Stay Safe
If your home is uninhabitable due to major damage, consider staying in a hotel or with a family member until repairs are completed. Some insurance policies provide reimbursement for living expenses if your property is deemed unsafe due to extensive damage.

If your roof has been damaged by a storm, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible to minimize water damage. Call Findlay Roofing today for a free roof analysis.

How to fix a roof patch with a professional touch

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Damage to part of the roof of your Coweta home will leave you with a tough decision. Should you repair just the damaged shingles and tiles, or replace an entire section of the roof? If you decide on patching one section of your roof, you will want to take care to match the colors and textures for continuity. Here is how to do it with a professional touch.

Fixing a roof patch right

When you’re surveying the damage to your roof, after a storm, for example, you might be unsure how many elements were affected and whether there is damage underneath the shingles and other materials. If you find yourself in this situation, ask a professional to inspect your roof and determine whether repair of a few tiles will get your roof back into good shape. Risking the possibility of future leaks will cost you much more in the long run, so it makes sense to address all roof damage as soon as it is diagnosed.

Roofers can cover the damaged sections while they prepare to replace shingles and waterproofing materials underneath. Then it is time to find the right materials to blend in with your existing roof.

Repairing a roof without sacrificing curb appeal

A roofing contractor may suggest replacing an entire section of roof to provide a sense of continuity and keep your home looking beautiful from the top down. While adding a new roof patch will be more expensive than replacing a few shingles or tiles, it is much less costly than roof replacement. Furthermore, a professional job will leave your home looking beautiful while allowing it to maintain its structural integrity.

To do the job right, roofers will take a shingle or section of the roof and order replacements that mirror the color and condition of your existing roof. Much like a dentist matches a porcelain crown to the color of the surrounding teeth, an experienced roofer will find the right match or apply coloring that allows the roof to look as if it were installed entirely at the same time.

Of course, the process is much simpler when you opt for an entire roof patch to be replaced. Whether you have metal shingle, tile or rubber membrane roofing, it is possible to pull off seamless roof repair when the job is in professional hands.

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Has Your Roof Suffered from Recent Summer Storms?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Are you worried that the recent heavy rain in the Atlanta area has done damage to your roof? If it has been a while since your last roof inspection, your roof may have more damage than you think! If you notice any of these warning signs, you need to have a full roof inspection by a qualified professional.

  • Hail – If you see any signs of hail damage to your gutters or car, or hail lying on the ground around your home, your roof has more than likely also been impacted by hail.
  • Missing Granules – The shingles on your roof have granules that help the overall integrity of your roofing system. If granules have come off of your shingles, you may see them in your yard or driveway washed out through your gutters.
  • Leaks – Check your attic or top level of your home for brown stains on the ceiling. Even the slightest leak can mean big problems if left untouched.
  • Wet Insulation – Wet insulation in your attic could mean you have a leak in your roof and can lead to mold
  • Curled, Raised, or Missing Shingles – Take notice of changes in your shingle pattern. Do you notice one on the end that does not match the rest of your roof? Curled or raised shingles need to be repaired.
  • Excess Debris/Limbs – If you live around trees, look on your roof for limbs or debris that has blown onto your roof. These limbs mean excessive wind has blown through and may have damaged your roof shingles.

Remember, not all storm damage is visible to the untrained eye. Make sure you protect the investment you made in your home and call us today at (770) 516-5806 for your free, no obligation storm damage assessment if you see any of these warning signs or would like an expert opinion.