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Why You Need A Storm Damage Assessment Before Getting The Roof Repaired

by Sheila Vasquez

Considerable damage to a home can happen during a storm. Weather storms often come with water and violent winds, which will lead to roof damage and damage to the exterior of the home. If a major storm front has gone through your town, you may be tempted to get started with repairing the damage immediately. While it is important for you to get your home's exterior repaired, especially your roof, you will need the proper information before you attempt to get it repaired. Here is why you need a storm damage assessment prior to repairing your roof. 

Deciding on a new roof or a repair

The last thing that you want to do is get a patch job that may last for only about a year. If the roof has considerable damage from this storm or added damage from prior storms the roof may need to be changed completely. If your roof is over 10 years old it may be a good idea to have a new roof built. A storm damage assessment will let you know if the roof can do with some patching and new tiles or if much bigger changes need to be changed. 

Where is the damage

A storm assessment for your roof takes a deeper look at the roof, gutters, and siding. While it is easy to get the roof repaired in the areas where it is easy to spot damage, there could be more to the system than just the blown away tiles or small leaks. Have the roofer take a deep look at the entire roofing system to determine if new materials need to be purchased or if the gutter system needs to be rebuilt as well. Be sure to get a complete overview of what is going on with your roof. 

If the issue is the materials

Some materials may not be as strong as others. If your roof seems to have subpar materials, you will need to get the roof reinforced. Have the roof repair tech provide information on how strong the materials are that are currently used on your roof and if there are better options. If there are better options, getting a rebuild with new materials is best. If the materials on your roof are possibly caustic and have long since been ditched on uses for roofs, you may be able to get your insurance company financially help with the rebuild.