As we all know there is truly no other place like Jacksonville and Palm Coast. We have some of the world’s best theme parks, most immaculate beaches, and some of the zaniest people you’ll ever come across. But as much as we love our city, Jacksonville and Palm Coast often find themselves in the middle of some of the most severe weather conditions. When things like hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms pass through the state it often leaves a large trail of destruction in its wake. Some of this damage may even include your home.
Roof damage can be particularly brutal – it leaves your home exposed to external elements which can cause further damage to the home. This is why we can’t stress enough the importance of acting fast when your home is in need of emergency roof repair services.
During emergencies, you may find yourself panicking and freaking out because not only was the storm traumatic but now your roof is in disrepair on top of it. The first and the best thing you can do is not to panic. Panicking can lead to you making incorrect and rash decisions. You may find yourself trusting storm chasers who may leave your home worse off than before. So before making any decisions calm down, take a breather and get to work.
Assessing the Damage
There are many ways the damages done to your roof can be assessed. Some people choose to do their own initial assessments. This includes checking which structures have been damaged, what materials and parts are missing and what needs immediate attention. Remove any debris and try your best to clear out what you can. Also, again if you can, move your family away from any possible danger zones.
Your insurance company will also send a storm damage roof inspector to assess the damage and determine how the damages done to your home will be covered.
And then finally your roofing contractor will do an inspection following the reporting of your insurance company and determine just how bad the damage is and get to work on the most pressing issue.
Spotting Roof Damages
There are common roof damages that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or storm, these include:
The most obvious to the eye is fallen trees and branches. A tree falling on your roof can mean major damage to your roof and maybe even your home. If you’re lucky the structure of your house breaks the fall of the tree preventing it from causing any serious damages. If that is the case you can expect some scratched roof materials and some minor missing panels or shingles.
Missing, broken and torn asphalt shingles are common during a severe storm. If you’re lucky you’ll only need to replace some shingles and not the whole roof.
Roof leaks are common with some heavy rain and even more so when a storm passes through. Inspect your attic for any leaks and water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, you’re likely to be in need of repairs or a roof replacement.
Check that all your gutters and piping are still in place and intact. These are usually the first to detach and fly during intense gusts of wind.
Your flat roof may have some cracks and holes in it, especially in areas that have been previously repaired.
Hail storms usually leave a trail of dimples in your roof. These usually look like dents scattered across your roof. Hail is also capable of cracking and breaking certain roof materials as well as your windows.
Talk to the experts
If your roof has suffered storm damage it’s time to talk to the experts. We can assess your roof and provide affordable and efficient roof repair services in Jacksonville and Palm Coast. Call Elo Roofing today to discuss your options!