Roof Storm Damage Checklist

If you live in the United States, you know how destructive storms can be to your home’s exterior surfaces. As a homeowner, we understand the importance of identifying roof damage and taking the necessary steps to restore your roof after a storm. Here are some tips on what to do after a major storm to ensure your roof stays in top shape.

Types of Roof Storm Damage

High winds, hail, standing water, and debris are the most common types of roof storm damage. Hurricane-force winds or gale-force winds can remove or tear shingles, leaving the underlayment, roof deck, or waterproofing material exposed to the elements. Hailstones can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles and knock shingle granules loose, which can cause problems in protecting your roof against rain and sun damage. Roofs without proper drainage can experience problems with standing water after big rainstorms, potentially allowing moisture to penetrate the underlayment or roof deck. Debris can end up on the top of your roof, leaving that area of the roof vulnerable to moisture intrusion.

Schedule and Conduct a Roof Inspection

Always prioritize safety. Contact a trusted, professional roofing contractor to schedule an inspection and help you with damage assessment. Many contractors offer free inspections and will know how to safely look for roof damage.

Roof Inspection

Visually assess your roof by walking around the perimeter of your house and taking note of any visible storm damage. Keep a list of notes and/or take pictures, which can potentially be helpful later for insurance purposes. Any visible signs of storm damage should be documented, such as dented, torn, curled, or missing shingles.

Gutters, Vents, and Windows

Check for dents on your home’s gutters and roofing accessories, such as gable vents and other overhangs. Windows should be inspected for cracks, broken glass, loose weather-stripping, and torn screens.

Outside Areas

Walk around your home’s exterior and look for fallen tree limbs, missing fence posts, or damage to lawn furniture and other decorations. Flat surfaces, such as patios and decks, can be checked for hail damage.

Attic and Ceilings

Observe these areas for leaks and water spots. While your home’s roof might appear undamaged on the exterior, wind and hail can cause unseen leaks that may lead to bigger problems later. Ceilings, light fixtures, and your attic should all be inspected for water leaks and spots. Use a flashlight to see in dark areas.

Hire a Dependable, Trusted Roofing Contractor

At Tron Restoration, we understand how important it is to work with a contractor you can trust. That’s why we make sure all of our contractors are dependable and trusted professionals who have experience in handling roof storm damage. Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection and get your roof back to its best shape.

13 Questions To Ask Before You Hire a Roofer

There’s no more denying it or putting it off. There are water stains on the ceiling. You’ve found a few shingles in your yard. There are birds, squirrels, or raccoons in your attic (or maybe all three, yikes!). Whatever the case may be, the signs are clear: it’s time for a new roof.

Find the Right Roofing Contractor for the Job

Getting a new roof or a roof repair starts with finding the right roofing contractor for the job.

Additionally, they must meet high standards and satisfy strict requirements, which include:

  • Carrying all required state and local licenses.
  • Holding at least $1,000,000 in general liability insurance.
  • Being screened for financial stability and customer service.

$1M Liability Insurance / Excellent Customer Service / Workmanship Inspection

Hiring a Professional Roofer vs DIY

Installing a new roof, or repairing an existing roof, is a big job and a big investment for your home. Working with a qualified and trusted roofer who understands roofing materials, safety, and building codes and requirements will ensure the job is done right. You’ll also have warranty options offering peace of mind that the roofing contractor will stand behind their work for years to come.

If you want to do a roof repair or roof replacement on your own, then you may want to check out DIY Roofing – but we highly recommend working with a professional roofer for whatever your needs may be!

Choosing a Roofing Contractor Checklist

Most homeowners start with a list of about two to five roofing contractors, and meet with about two to three, before making their final decision on who to hire for the job.

Searching for qualified roofers online, or getting recommendations from friends and family, are two ways to get started on creating a shortlist of roofing contractors to consider but may not give you all the information you need to tell who is qualified and who is not.

13 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Basing your decision purely off recommendations or a gut feeling is risky without knowing all the facts about the contractor, so here are 13 questions to ask that will help you narrow down your selection and hire the right roofer for your project:

  1. Do you have adequate insurance coverage? Your roofer should carry insurance to help protect your home from accidental damage. Owens Corning Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors hold at least $1,000,000 in general liability insurance.
  2. Do you offer additional warranty* and workmanship** coverage? Your roofing contractor should be able to offer a limited warranty that may include workmanship coverage. Owens Corning Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors offer several different levels of Roofing System Limited Warranties that offer up to a lifetime** of material and workmanship coverage.
  3. Will you provide an explanation of my warranty? Your roofing contractor should explain your warranty and be clear about whom to call with a problem. Find out if defective shingles are replaced for prorated replacement cost or original cost and if labor charges are additional.
  4. Which roofing materials will you use on my roof? Not all roofing products are the same, so be sure your roofer works with a name you can trust.
  5. Will you provide me with a written estimate? Your roofing contractor should provide an estimate that includes an accurate description of the work to be performed, plus work that may have to be contracted out.
  6. Do you comply with all local building codes? Your roofer should know and comply with all local building codes.
  7. Could you please give me a list of references? Ask for references and call a few of them.
  8. Will you perform a thorough inspection? In addition to checking for storm damage, your roofing contractor should perform a thorough inspection of the entire roofing system, including the deck, attic, flashing, chimney, soil stacks, and other roof penetrations.
  9. Will you check for adequate ventilation? Your roofer should check the existing attic ventilation and explain the importance of proper ventilation. This should include inspecting the roof from inside the attic to determine if the current ventilation system is working properly. Improper ventilation can damage your shingles and invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty.
  10. Will you install synthetic underlayment? Roofers will install either a synthetic or felt underlayment as the first layer of protection on your roof deck. If you’re looking for advanced protection against leaks, water absorption, and mold then you’ll want to make sure your contractor will use a synthetic product rather than felt.
  11. Will you install ice and water barriers? Depending on several conditions, additional ice and water barriers between the shingles and the wood deck may be needed to help prevent ice damming, wind-driven rain, or collected water.
  12. Will you follow the manufacturer’s specifications? Your roofer should be familiar with and follow all manufacturer’s specifications since improper application can affect your manufacturer’s warranty.
  13. Will you explain how my roofing system works? Your roofer should offer a thorough explanation of the entire roofing system and how all the parts work together, so you can make educated decisions. Use Build Your Roof™ to select each layer and component that goes into your protecting your roof.

5 Signs You Need A New Roof

1. Roof Age

Wear and tear on an older roof are sure signs it’s time to call for a replacement. Other factors include when the roof got its last replacement, the number of layers of shingles and how the roof ventilated.

If you didn’t build your home, and the sellers aren’t quite sure how old the roof is, a good trick is to find out if all the houses in your area are around the same age. If you’re buying in a new or old subdivision, gated community or something similar, there’s an excellent chance many of the roofs were installed around the same time. If you notice your neighbors are getting new roofs, it is probably a sign you need a new roof as well.

2. Your Attic

If you haven’t been up in the attic in a while, now’s a good time. Grab a flashlight and check under the eaves. If your normally dark attic has little rays of sunshine peeping in or if you notice water stains on the floor or the walls, you probably have a roof with holes and leaks. If you don’t have any streaks on the wall, but the insulation is wet, this is another sign you have a roof leak.

Here’s another tip. If you are up on the roof for any reason, such as to repair a shingle or flashing, and you notice the roof feels spongy or bouncy, that could be a sign of underlying moisture. When you’re back inside, go up in the attic and check for those water streaks and sunshine rays.

3. Curling or Buckling Shingles

Look at the roof slope on the side of your home that receives direct sunlight. If the shingles have curled or buckled, it can mean they have outlived their life expectancy. It can also be a sign they were defective from the get-go. A professional roof contractor will be able to tell you if this is a cause of the problem.

4. Roof Valleys

Roof valleys are a vital component of the overall roof system. These are the areas where snow and rain flow through to your rain gutters. If shingles are missing or falling apart in these areas of your roof, they can quickly lead to roof leaks.

5. Missing Shingles

You can tell just by looking at your roof if you’re missing a shingle. If you had a recent storm with a lot of wind or rain or even hail, you should do a visual inspection of your roof at the first opportunity. Missing shingles in your roof valley, as we just pointed out above, points to a potential moisture issue. If there are more than a few shingles missing, this is a sure sign your roof is getting older and needs replacement.