Storm response in Charlotte, NC
Know what to look for when inspecting your roof for damage
Seasonal storms often bring with them heavy rain, hail and high winds. If your roof is properly installed, most of the time it will protect your home from damage. There are times, however, when these storms can cause significant damage to your roof but may not be immediately noticeable. Charlotte Pro Roofing is a reliable roofing contractor that can help you assess the damage properly and work with your insurance company to make sure your home is properly and adequately covered by the insurance company.
Hail storms can cause significant damage to your roofing shingles including fractures, punctures and tears that will shorten the lifespan of the shingles. It is important to carefully inspect the roof of your home after hail to ensure that your roofing system has not been compromised. If you are not able to get on your roof safely, there are other signs around your home that will tell you if the hail caused damage to the roof. Inspect metal areas such as your vehicle, your mail box and other items such as furniture and landscaping to see if they have have been dented/damaged by the hail. Once you have identified the damage, it is time to call a reputable roofing contractor in your area. Charlotte Pro Roofing is a local roofing contractor in the Charlotte, NC area that has proven experience in dealing with insurance claims on your behalf to ensure that your roof is covered with the proper roofing system. We make sure your experience is hassle free and your new roofing system is installed to last!
High winds can also be a huge culprit to any roofing system. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), most wind damage on roofs starts on the edge of the roof. Over time, strong winds will cause any loose material around the perimeter of the roof to be lifted. This causes a chain peeling affect that will cause the shingles to blow away. The edges are also more susceptible to damage caused by flying debris. Over time, as the wind lifts the materials and the insulation factor is gone, water can very easily travel below the roof surface and into your home causing damage to the interior of your home. One obvious sign of wind damage is curled, torn and missing shingles. These can be spotted from examining the roof without having to climb it. You should also be aware of the other roofing components including ventilation pipes, the chimney flashing, gutters as well as flashing in general. While you are checking your roof, it is also a good idea to check your windows for any cracks, torn screens, or loose weatherstripping. Any of the components, when damaged, can allow water to penetrate the surface of the roof and cause leaks.
It is very important to take care of any damage to your roof caused by falling trees, branches or debris. Roof replacement or roof repair will cost you much less right away rather than waiting until the compromised surface allows moisture into the home and causes even more damage. Be sure to examine and document the damage thoroughly before doing any work on the roof yourself.
Always stay in contact your home insurance company
Wether your home has been damaged by a hailstorm, high winds, a fallen tree, or other reasons, it is always a good idea to contact your local home insurance company to review your options and get an assessment on the damage. Charlotte Pro Roofing is always willing and able to work directly with the insurance company to ensure that your home is properly taken care of. To see more information about working with your insurance company, visit our insurance claim information page.
Relevant Links: State Climate Office of North Carolina