Roofs bear a lot during their lifetime. Roofs face daily vagaries of nature such as sunlight, heat, cold, water and high winds. To compound the problem, man-made activities also contribute to roof damage. One of the most common causes of roof damage and roof failure is a storm or hurricane. Florida and hurricanes have a long history. Given its geographical locations, Florida is quite prone to hurricanes which is why the facility managers, homeowners and roofers here should be sensitive to roof maintenance after every storm.
One of the first things to do after a major storm or a hurricane is to get an inspection done by a roofing contractor in Florida. Choose someone who is located close to your home. If you live in Palm Beach County then the roofing company should ideally be located in the county so that prompt and emergency services can be provided. The contractor should be licensed and must have insurance (read here for more details). Working with an unlicensed contractor may not only mean sub-standard repair work but also denial of your insurance claim. In many instances in the past, the new roof built by an unlicensed roof contractor was not in line with the building code. To avoid such unpleasant experiences, one should always go for a roofing contractor who has an established business, is licensed and is a member of some contractor’s association. Such associations regulate the roofing standards and keep their members updated about all the guidelines and requirements. If a contractor is registered with BBB (Better Business Bureau) and has a good rating it is somewhat ensured that the company provides good services.
A roofing contractor follows a post-storm roof inspection checklist. Most storm and hurricane related damages start with the edge of the roof. High winds try to uproot the roof which can lift or loosen the shingles. Also, the deck may be left exposed which can lead to more moisture penetrating the roof and thus resulting in roof leak and damage.
Debris carried in by wind is also a major problem. Heavy debris can damage the roof. Lesser evident damage, like blocking of gutters, downspouts and drains can be caused by debris such as leaves and dirt. This can lead to water getting accumulated on the roof which can cause severe damage to the roof structure.
Roof tiles especially the hip and ridge tiles are also a casualty of strong winds. Tiles along the eaves are also very susceptible to being lifted up in strong storms. Missing tiles can lead to rain water or moisture seeping in and resulting in heavy damage to the roof. Once the roof’s underside is exposed, winds can further damage the roof by peeling. Once this starts happening, all the subsequent winds and storms worsen the condition further by uprooting the roof even more until the deck or the insulation stands exposed.
Once the entire roof has been surveyed and damages have been noted down by the roofing contractor, repairs suggested by him should be conducted to reduce any further damage to the roof.
Roof repairs are costly and hence it is even more important that repairs should be done when the problem is in its initial stages and is easily rectifiable. Any dithering or negligence will only mean bigger problems in the near future and a bigger hole in your pocket.