How to Deal with Roof Damage on a Home
A house is vulnerable to roof damage from high winds, hail and flying debris. Homeowners may see signs of roof damage and not know what to do next. Depending on the type of roof damage and the source of the damage, a homeowner may be able to file a claim and have significant damage covered in part or in full from their insurance company. This helps homeowners reduce the financial burden when it comes to unexpected repairs. However, roof damage can occur for a number of reasons and it is important for homeowners and property owners to be aware of their options.
Ignoring Roof Damage
Some homeowners may not be aware of roof damage or may put off looking into the extent of the damage and required repairs. It is important not to wait. Water damage is often revealed during a home inspection and it may make for additional issues for occupants or when owners are attempting to sell a home. Look to work with a licensed contractor for repairs as homeowners may be surprised that extensive damage has occurred after substandard repairs have been performed. Water damage can lead to issues with the structural integrity of a home. Mold and rot can occur and increase the likelihood for insects and small organisms to take up residence within a home. These issues can decrease the value of a home.
When to Repair or Replace the Roof
Every roof has an estimated roofing cycle. There are many factors that may come into play, including the material and quality of installation. Those that sustain roof damage to a roof close to the end of its roofing cycle may simply want to go ahead and replace the roof. An asphalt roof that is 18 years old that has been damaged from hail, high winds or falling tree branches is near the end of its average lifetime of 20 years.
Compare the costs of the necessary repairs and how much it will be to replace the roof and choose the most cost-effective solution. Rather than making repairs and then replacing the roof a year or so later, it may be easier and less expensive over the long-term to replace the roof when significant damage has occurred to an older roof.
Damage that may weaken the structure of a home and expose it to moisture needs to be addressed. Stand in the attic and look at the roof boards. If light is observable through roof boards because of damage, attend to the issue. Other types of damage may be easy to fix. Missing shingles, such as those from asphalt roofs that have tabs, can be easy to replace. When there are many shingles that are damaged or missing, there may be a larger issue with the roof itself. Buckling shingles and curling shingles may be signs of a defective roof when the roof is relatively new.
A homeowner is responsible for maintaining their Evergreen home. There are many common roof repairs that may be needed over time, including skylight leaks, cracked flashing, ice dams and broken shingles. Homeowners that can make repairs soon after the damage has occurred may be able to keep costs down as quick action generally prevents addition deterioration and damage from occurring near or under the initial site. Speak with a roofing specialist to understand more about roof damage, repair costs and what roofing materials may be best for common weather conditions in a specific area.