Unfortunately for many of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, they learned the hard way what to do and what not to do after a hurricane. Hurricane winds can wreak havoc on many home structures, and one of the most important components of protecting a home against a hurricane is the roof. While ASAP ROOFING always recommends to customers that live in a hurricane zone to perform frequent and regular roof inspections, there are also several considerations to keep in mind after a hurricane.
First, a qualified roofing contractor will be necessary to inspect your roof for any damage. In order to determine if a roofing contractor is qualified, look for a couple of things:
- The roofing contractor has insurance, and is an established company with a permanent place of business.
- The roofing contractor is licensed and bonded. Failing to work with a licensed and bonded contractor can result in your insurance denying the claim, denying coverage on your new roof, and your new roof failing to meeting building code.
- The roofing contractor is a member of either a national roofing contractors association, or a local roofing contractor’s association. As these organizations determine industry standards, they can also help regulate roofing practices of contractors who belong to them.
- The roofing contractor is a member of the Better Business Bureau. The BBB will determine quality ratings on roofing contractors and contractors who belong to the BBb will often goto great lengths to avoid a BBB complaint.
Once you have settled on a roofing contractor, he will perform a roof inspection, looking specifically for a hurricane-related roof damage such as:
- Lifted or loose shingles at the roof’s edges. As most wind related roof damage begins at the roof’s edges, once the shingles are loose, the wind’s pressure can “grab” the edge and “peel” the roof upwards.
- Exposed deck or insulation. Once the underside of a roof is exposed, not only is the roof at risk for further damage, but rain and moisture can also enter underneath the roof, which can lead to further damage in the home’s structures.
- Windblown debris that may have blown across your roof. Debris often collects in roof’s gutters which can prevent appropriate drainage and cause further problems if not removed.
- Any downed power lines, frayed wiring, or electrical hazards. Once a hurricane starts, it effects everything in it’s path, and electrical hazards are a very common aftermath. Live power lines and frayed wires are a fire and explosion hazard that will require shutting off the home’s power immediately and notifying the local power company.
While ASAP ROOFING hopes that none of it’s customers ever experience a hurricane, by following the steps above, a victim of a hurricane will be well prepared to begin the process of restoring his/her roof to it’s best condition. For more information about ASAP ROOFING, and the many ways the specialists there can help you begin the process of roofing restoration after any kind of storm, visit www.asaproofing.com
Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.fema.gov)
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety® (www.disastersafety.org)
American Red Cross (www.redcross.org)
Written by Nick Dorotik
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