When a hurricane or violent seasonal storm hits, your home’s roof is one of the most likely areas to be damaged. Because roof problems can lead to more issues such as structural and internal issues, it is crucial to be proactive in hurricane damage prevention measures.
It is undeniable that the older your roof is, the more prone it is to leaks and damage. Homebuilders design roofs to withstand intense weather systems. Including the powerful storms seen in Florida’s forecasts. Yet even the best-designed roofs can experience damage from powerful weather fronts or extreme conditions. Over time, repeated exposure to harsh weather can sustain the erosion of a roof’s structural integrity. Taking preventative measures before the storm, such as checking for loose shingles, holes, or any other pre-existing damage could help you make sure your home is safe from further damage when the storm hits. Even if you do not have a lot of experience with home repair, some simple fixes and necessary reinforcements will help your home stand a chance.
If the repairs or reinforcements that need to be made are out of your capabilities or knowledge, it is always best to contact a professional roofing company like A.J Wells to do a thorough inspection and adequately secure, replace and prepare your roof.
Looking to a Professional
First and foremost, if you suspect you have sustained any damage from a storm, you should seek a professional assessment. Roof damage, like unseen wind damage, can become costly and bring more issues if they go unrepaired, or worse repaired wrong. Roofs present safety challenges when a homeowner tries to do a self-inspection. You should always contact a licensed, experienced, and trustworthy contractor who can detect damage before it threatens your home’s integrity. They can do so safely and precisely. A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction, whether you need repairs, a replacement, or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.
What to Look For:
The standard Asphalt Shingle is generally able to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, and there are even products available that exceed that. When you go to replace any worn-down, loose, or damaged shingles, consider those options. It is also important to treat any newly installed shingles with high-performance roofing adhesives. Doing this adds an extra level of protection against high wind gusts and helps keep your repairs in place.
If you suspect your roof has or will sustain storm damage or has weathered other damage previously as a result of time or inclement weather, it is important to have it assessed properly.
Apparent signs of direct wind, hail or storm damage are broken shingles or deteriorated flashing. Less obvious signs such as nail pop leaks can become more significant issues should they go unrepaired. A licensed, trustworthy roofing company like A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction can detect and repair roof damage before the damage threatens the integrity of the structure.
Roof reinforcement can seem like a tedious task at the time, but it is one well worth the effort in the long run. In extreme situations, roof reinforcements could even save your life. Overlapping two-by-four lengths of wood across the roof trusses is the most common way to reinforce your roof. If you are doing this to your own home, leave about a foot and a half of space between each row of two-by-fours.
Cracks and Gaps
Go around your home and check all the areas your roof converges with the walls and ceilings. If you find any cracks or gaps, they should be closed off with a water-resistant sealant to prevent further damage and leaking during the storm. Many homeowners will attempt to caulk around the home on their own to save money. While this offers some protection, it is best to get a professional grade sealant for the home. Sealants ensure protection and perform better success rates. A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction uses Vulkem sealant, which is incredibly durable. Vulkem makes up 90% of all sealants A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction uses on exterior roofing. Heavy rains that typically accompany tropical storms can seep into tiny cracks or intrude walls. The sealant is applied to cracks and crevices around the home to prevent water intrusion in the roof and walls.
Properly sealing the house exterior is vital to ensuring the roof’s quality and safety for years to come. When shingles are damaged, it causes premature wear and a shorter lifespan. When going over your roof and looking for cracks, gaps, and damage, it is best to contact a roofing professional like A.J. Wells to give you a thorough roof inspection.
As important as it is to fill in any cracks and gaps, it is also essential to perform a check on all your roof’s gutters and downspouts before the intense storms move in. A blockage or incorrect drainage can spell disaster in the face of a tropical storm, leading water directly into your home. Misplaced or malfunctioning downspouts are not only a potential hazard to your roof; they can also accumulate rainwater outside your home, leading to flooding.
First, check for clogs with debris such as loose sticks, rocks, dirt, or decaying leaves and remove them immediately. Second, test your downspouts and where they output the flow of rainwater.
Contact A.J. Wells Roofing to secure your roof with any means necessary to prevent water intrusion. Wind can crease your shingles, and sometimes even tear them away from your roof completely. Strong winds can also cause havoc with fallen trees and debris. If your roof has sustained damage from downed trees and/or has shingles missing… you should contact a roofing specialist to secure your roof.
Due to hail’s larger size, it can cause more damage than other forms of moisture. It can leave your roof with pockmarks, marring, or bruising that can lead to degranulation. In conditions like these, it is unsafe for homeowners to try and do a self-inspection. Sometimes the effects of the damage are hard to catch, which is why it is important to choose a professional to assess your roof correctly.
Tropical storms and hurricanes are not an uncommon occurrence in Northeast Florida. Storms like these, place the potential hazard of having a tree or tree branches impact your roof and cause severe damage. It is imperative to have your roof inspected and repaired as soon as possible to prevent any further roof damage.
AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904-553-0069.