The benefits of having a professional roof inspection to assess storm damage

Roofs are most often neglected, even though they are such an important part of a house. Homeowners take notice or go into panic mode only if there is a serious enough damage to the roof. Small damages are mostly ignored.

Due to direct exposure to the environment, the roof goes through a lot of wear and tear over time. A hail storm is always a cause for concern for a homeowner because it can inflict some serious damage. When it comes to the roof, even a seemingly minor damage can turn out to be expensive and cause harm to the complete structure in the long run. Hence, the earlier you can detect issues on your roof, the better for your home and your wallet.

A sudden storm can reveal various issues of the roof that either has been neglected for years or were hidden and need immediate attention. You should get a reliable roof inspection company to assess the roof for any kind of damage, especially after a storm.

Here is a list of unforeseen headaches that a professional roof inspection can save you from:

Some damages are invisible: Not all storms cause visible destruction. We generally tend to delay or neglect repair unless the damage looks like the scene of a horror movie. Roof damages sometimes are just not visible from the ground.

DIY checks don’t always help because even if you climb all the way up the roof, there are cracks that you will not be able to locate without trained eyes. Thus, calling a roof inspection service is a no-brainer as they have roof inspectors who are certified and have extensive experience working in the field. Contact us for a free inspection and estimate.

Don’t ignore the minor repairs: After the storm, generally, people are busy repairing evident damages and giving a miss to the not so major issues. When it comes to the roof, it is not a good idea to ignore it if there is no noticeable damage. Trained professionals can spot even a minor damage to the gutter or eaves, loose shingles, and tiny dents.

They will perform a thorough roof inspection both on the exterior and the interior and will bring to your notice any small or major roof issues such as leaks, ice dams, chipped or damaged tiles or shingles, the presence of molds or any other structural problems if found.

It is better to get such small repairs done as early as possible so that they do not escalate into bigger problems, forcing you to go in for a roof replacement.

Smooth sailing with your insurance claim: When you are filing for insurance, you will need to submit adequate proof of the damaged roof. When you hire a roofing company make sure the estimates are in line with what is accepted by the insurance company. The insurance companies accept only professionally certified reports.

That is one more reason to hire a trusted roofing company, who has worked with insurance companies to make sure that you get maximum benefits.

Water Damage Detection: Of all the damages, water damages are the most difficult to identify for the novice or DIY enthusiast. So if you don’t get your roof inspected regularly it would mean that you wouldn’t find out before it’s already too late, because they are elusive to the naked eye. Trained roof inspectors can detect moisture damage through leak research and water testing.

Check your roof today and save money in the long run: Damage or no damage, getting your roof inspected annually will ensure that you are immediately aware of any repairs that might be required. It will also mean a long life for your roof.

Any minor issues that come to light during an inspection, if fixed promptly will save you from a lot of bother. Imagine in case of a major leak in your roof, the amount of money you’ll need to spend to fix it, along with the stress of shifting your belongings to someplace else, till the new roof is in place. 

Exposure to UV radiation coupled with poor maintenance can leave your roof weak and prone to damages. Hail and wind damage can further reduce the life of the roof. Keep costly repairs at bay with annual roof evaluations and preventive maintenance. Contact us today. 

We are the roofing professionals you’ll need, after the storm

Whether you believe in global warming or not, there has been some major change in weather patterns all over the United States, especially in the last couple of years. Ranging from major snowstorms in places where there hasn’t been one in a decade or more to relentless hailstorms in the southern states.

Hailstorms are more common in The Great Plains and the Midwest states. The meeting point of Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado is called the Hail Alley. Cheyenne in Wyoming receives up to 10 hailstorms a year.

In the last couple of years, Texas has been on the receiving end of non-stop hail storms. Insurance companies reported of $1.4 billion loss to property, in the April 2016 hailstorm that hit San Antonio area.

What is a hailstorm?

Hail starts forming from water droplets that freeze as they rise and experience drop in temperature. The water droplets get caught in a tumbling pattern of the wind due to the considerable upward draft formed during thunderstorm clouds. A consistent upward draft is a prerequisite for hail formation.

Hailstones aren’t blocks of ice like sleet, but a cluster that is formed by layers. A cross-section of a large hailstone shows an onion like formation. The layers could be of transparent ice or may be formed with alternate layers of transparent and translucent ice. They could be in the shape of balls or could be in any other clumpy shape.

According to the US National Weather Service, a severe thunderstorm warning is issued when the size of the hail is expected to be 1 inch or more in diameter. These have the ability to severely damage life and property.

What kind of damage can a hailstorm cause?

The most common damages that a hailstorm causes are damaged roofs, holes in the windshields of cars and broken sunroofs, erosion of sealant on the roof and so on. It could also ruin your landscaping and leave your precious yard a mess.

During the hailstorm trees in your surroundings could get uprooted. This can cause catastrophic damage if the tree lands on your property or vehicle.

An uprooted tree landing on your house could mean serious damage to the roof and also your belongings. In such an event you and your family members should evacuate the house immediately.

Once the storm has passed, and the debris has been removed contact a trusted roof repair company to assess the damage. It’s not wise to postpone an assessment of the roof because you have no idea what kind of damage has been done.

A small leak or exposed area on the roof should be fixed quickly before it starts damaging the structure of your roof. A roofing contract can also help you with a temporary fix so that your house is not exposed to the elements, and you can clean up the insides of your home before taking up major repair work.

Common residential roof damages you should not ignore.

Missing shingles: Once a storm has passed, you might notice parts of your roof look darker than the surrounding area. If you are able to take a closer look, you’ll notice that shingles in these dark areas are missing. The dark color is the black asphalt layer that protects your roof from becoming weak and leaking, that’s now left exposed.

The top lighter colored layer is made of mineral granules that shelter the lower asphalt layer from the harsh rays of the sun and protect it from rainwater. When hailstones or fallen tree branches damages them and they fall off, it exposes the black asphalt layer.

In most cases of even a single missing shingle could lead to leakage in the roof down the line. Water could easily make its ways between the lower shingles and expose the lower layer during rains.

Missing shingles, however few should be replaced immediately. Get in touch with a professional roofer who deals with residential repair. A trustworthy roofing company should be able to replace the shingles for a reasonable cost.

Broken Sunroof: Skylight or sunroofs increase the natural light that enters your house. Apart from keeping your home warm and cozy, it also enhances the value of your house. But if your house is in an area that’s prone to hailstorms, the sunroof can easily get damaged.  Being proactive and covering them up when you hear of an imminent storm warning helps, but it’s not always practical.

In case your sunroof is damaged, you should think of replacing it with an acrylic or polycarbonate material that’s much more resilient than glass. You could increase the durability of a glass sunroof with a protective layer or a double pane glass. Talk to a professional roofer to know what options would suit you best.

What to do if you’ve been hit by hail?

It’s always a good idea to ask a trusted roofing company to assess the damage if your home has just survived a storm. We have been restoring roofs and keeping families in Texas dry and safe for over a decade. Contact us to schedule your FREE roof inspection today.


When the hail storms come, Absolute is ready to help you

March 9, 2018

Mrs. Manning is worried that her roof might not survive the upcoming rains. She is more worried about the hail storms than anything else. Her house is about 30 years old and repairs have been minimal.

Last year the roof almost gave in due to a fierce hailstorm. To avoid sleepless nights, she is considering a roof replacement before the rains set in.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hail causes about $1 billion in damages every year. The typical months for hailstorms are May through September. In the US the top five states that are affected by hail storms every year are Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Oklahoma. A report by Verisk Insurance Solutions in August 2014 showed that in 14 years (2000-2013) insurance companies have paid out $54 billion for damages caused by hailstorms.

What to do if you’ve been hit by hail ?

Regular inspection of roofs is recommended if you want to avoid large and expensive roof repairs. Damages due to hailstorms can be overwhelming. If you think hailstorms can only destroy your beautiful garden, you’re mistaken. Along with uprooted trees and branches strewn all over the place,  your roof could also be extensively damaged.

Roof damage can be the cause of leaky ceilings, which can damage the interiors of your house and your precious belongings.

So how do you determine what damage has been done to your roof after one such hailstorm?

  • The first step is to check your gutters after a hailstorm. Large dents or cracks in them is a sign that your gutter needs a thorough inspection.Large hailstorms can break the shingles (individual overlapping elements on your roof) on your roof.
  • Damaged granules most often than not could get dislodged from the shingles and collect in your gutter downspouts.
  • Older roofs are more susceptible to damage.  Over time the base of the roof is exposed to the elements, which causes wear and tear of the roof.
  • Schedule a roof inspection after a hailstorm, to assess if there’s any damage. Most roofing companies offer free roof inspection. Even if you are tempted to do the inspection yourself you must avoid it as it can be dangerous.

Calling your insurance company

Call your insurance company as soon as you realize that a hailstorm has damaged your roof. If you neglect the initial damage, it could turn out very expensive in the long run. Make sure that it is repaired and ready to weather further storms.

Many insurance companies refuse to pay if they feel that the documentation isn’t accurate. It’s important that you take pictures of the extent of damages to your roof. It will help add weight to your case when you file a claim.

After you’ve filed your claim, you’ll need a qualified contractor with good credentials to fix the damage.

You should ask for quotes from multiple contractors who offer this service in your area. The key is to make sure that the roofing contractor is qualified and insured. The roofing contractor should also be able to determine the extent of damage and if the amount that you could claim.

When the insurance company visits your home for inspection be sure to have a qualified contractor with all your evidence (the pictures that you clicked after the storm). This will help you to claim the right amount and also make sure the insurance company doesn’t lowball you.

If after inspection, the inspector decides that your roof doesn’t qualify for insurance then don’t feel disheartened. Your local roofer will be able to guide through various alternatives to get your roof repaired.

How to choose the best roofing company?

Determining which roofing company would be best for your roof repair job can be a bit of a challenge. You want to make sure that you get the best services at a reasonable cost. Here are a few pointers that will help you decide on the roofing company that’s best for you.

  • Find out how long the roofing company has been in service. Look for a well-established roofing company that has been in service for a long time. If they didn’t provide great service, they wouldn’t be in business for long. 
  • Look for the companies reviews on social media platforms, Google MyBusiness or Yelp. You can decide after reading the experiences of other people who have used the services of the company. 
  • A trustworthy contractor will have all the required licenses and accreditations.  
  • A genuine contractor will not rush you through inspections and will be kind and courteous. 
  • Choose a contractor/company who specialize in hail claims 
  • A roofing contractor should also be able to explain which repairs are absolutely mandatory and why.

Contact Absolute Construction for a FREE inspection today!