Here are three basic things to look for when checking your roof for any potential damage.
Missing, Damaged, Or Loose Shingles
High winds in general, and particularly high sustained wind typical for hurricanes, can be very difficult on your roof. If your asphalt shingles have been blown off or damaged by flying debris, your home is far more vulnerable to roof leaks and associated problems. Examine each section of your roofing deck using binoculars, if available. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any chimney flashing pieces. Also, check the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls. And if there is any hail, check your roofing and siding for hail damage as well.
Hurricane’s hard, driving rain may exploit existing cracks or problem areas on your roof. Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Look for stains on ceiling or walls. Any water getting inside the house will damage the internal structure and can become a source of serious structural damage. If there are leaks, the most important step you can take to prevent any further damage to your roof and house is to control the spread of the water seeping in. Likewise, any puddles of water or stagnant water forming on the roof should be removed as soon as it’s safe to do so. If left unattended, this can be a major cause of roof leaks down the road.
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
Hurricanes stir up a lot of debris. Swirling twigs, branches, leaves, and building materials may not only damage your shingles, they may also clog your gutters, too. And, if debris remains on your roof, upcoming snow and rain is likely to wash it into your rain gutters. Malfunctioning downspouts pose hazards not only to your roof, but also to your basement, as rainwater accumulation can result in flooding.
You’ll want to be sure your roof, gutters and downspouts are clear before water or ice backs up and causes damage. Remember, stay safe, and be sure to handle roof & gutter cleaning after the storm is completely out of your area, or hire professional help.
When your home is bombarded by heavy rains, storm, strong winds or hurricanes, prompt emergency repairs are often necessary. If you suspect your roof has been damaged or otherwise deteriorated, the best advice we can give you is to seek out the expertise and advice of an experienced, local roofing contractor. Don Schmidt Roofing is ready to help!
You are in safe hands with us, Whether it be for your business or your home, and you’re not sure what to do… Give us a call Don Schmidt Roofing would love to earn your trust and help you with your central Florida home/commercial roof repair or installation. Call us at 407.892.9884 today or contact us online at www.DonSchmidtRoofing.com. We are a local family owned business serving central Florida since 1988 and an Osceola county resident since 1959. Put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust.
Find other hurricane preparedness tips and more information about Hurricane Preparedness Week on the National Weather Service web site.
Kua’s Hurricane handbook —-> https://kua.com/hurricane-safety/