Should you have your roof inspected after a storm even if it doesn’t appear to be leaking? The short answer is yes, because not all damage is visible to the untrained eye. Universal Roofing & Exteriors elaborates further below.
Fixing Minor Damage
Just because your roof isn’t leaking doesn’t mean it wasn’t damaged during the storm. For all you know, strong winds might have dislodged a few shingles and water managed to infiltrate your roof. Left unattended, a relatively minor issue like a dripping roof can lead to a more serious problem, such as mold or wood rot.
Remember: the only way to find out if your roof really was damaged during the storm is to have a residential roofing contractor inspect it. It’s better to identify and address a relatively minor issue before it turns into a more serious concern.
Documenting Storm Damage
This is also important from an insurance perspective. Before you can file a claim with your insurer, you’ll need to submit pictures of storm damage—insurers need proof that the damage to your home was caused by the storm and not any negligence on your part. If you wait too long to have your roof inspected, it may be impossible for the insurer to determine the extent of the damage caused by the storm, which means you may not get the compensation you deserve.
It’s important that every sign of damage is found, documented and addressed, which is why you should only hire an experienced contractor to conduct roof inspections. After all, it takes a certain level of expertise to identify subtle signs of roof damage.
Universal Roofing & Exteriors, a community-focused company with nearly three decades’ worth of experience, offers professional roofing services, including roof repair and installation services. To request a quote, you can call us at (317) 257-0779 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Carmel and Zionsville, IN, as well as the surrounding communities.