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How to properly inspect your roof for signs of damage

One of the best pieces of advice that we can give any homeowner is to examine their home on a regular basis. Catching minor damages in time can save you a ton of money and inconvenience. Periodic inspection is especially important in case of your roof as you don’t actually see your roof that often. But, how to inspect your roof correctly to spot the early signs of damage? Well, let’s find out!

When to inspect your roof?

The best practice is to inspect your roof twice a year. Once in late Spring and once again in late Summer or early Fall. Apart from these routine checks, make sure to inspect your roof after extreme weather conditions such as storms, hail and heavy snow.

If you experience a problem such a leak, dampness or crack, make sure to call a roofing expert to get things looked at before the problem intensifies. If your roofing material is getting old and nearing its warranty period, you should increase the frequency of inspection. The goal is to catch any problem when it is still minor and easily manageable.

What exactly to check?

Merely looking at your roof is not enough. Make sure that you pay close attention to the following things during the inspection.

  • The surface of the roof: Check for the condition of the shingles. Look for missing, cracked or damaged shingles and make arrangements to replace them promptly.
  • Check the flashing: Flashing is the metal pieces that cover chimney. Make sure you are looking for rust, cracks and other signs of damage to this area. If the flashing is leaky, water and snow can leak in and start rotting the roof.
  • Gutters: Make sure that your gutters are clean and clog-free. Remove the dead leaves and other debris regularly and make sure that there is no obstruction for the rainwater or snowmelt.
  • The underside of the roof: Look for sagging ceiling, leakage and holes on the underside of the roof from your attic. There should be no sunlight pouring through the gaps in the ceiling. Make sure that if you see small holes in your ceiling, you get professional help to correct it as soon as possible.

Always remember that your safety is of paramount importance. If possible, use a pair of binoculars inspect your roof closely. Stay safe on ladders and around electric wires.

Checking your roof regularly can help you identify minor problems quickly before they get out of hand. The best way to get this job done is to have a checklist ready before you start the inspection. Make a strategy and note down any anything that out of the ordinary, even any minor issue such as peeled paint or patch of moisture.

If you observe any issue, get it looked at by professionals. Call Beneficial Roofing to schedule an appointment for a thorough roof inspection. Our experts will help you assess, repair and prevent the damage to your roof and keep you and your family safe.

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5 Tips for Preparing your Roof for a Storm

Roof Storm Preparedness Tips

If you own a home, it is important to make sure that you are always prepared for disasters that might strike. One of such disaster that might occur now and then includes storm. Storm can cause damage not only to your roof but to your entire house too. This is why it is important to be prepared at all times to ensure that when it occurs such damages do not happen. Your roof is very crucial because it is the one that protects your house from such occurrences. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your roof is strong and in good condition to be able to withstand all the effects brought about by storm. To assist you in this process, here are some of the roofing storm preparedness tips you need to apply.

TIP 1: Perform thorough inspection of your roof

One of the greatest tips you need to apply to ensure that your roof is safe from a storm is to check if it has any weaknesses. You should carry out a visual inspection in order to note if there are any loose or missing shingles. It is also important that you check for cracks or gaps between the roof and the rest part of the house. This will ensure that such gaps are filled to avoid leakage that might arise as a result of the storm. Make sure that you recognize any issues with your roof that might get worse with the storm so that they are handled well in advance. Call Beneficial Roofing for FREE Roof Inspections.

TIP 2: Look Out For Trees

You should also check if there is any tree near your property that might fall on your roof if the storm escalates. In case there is any, you should call an arborist to come and cut it down or remove branches that might fall on the roof.

TIP 3: Repair your roof

If your roof has aged or was installed many years back, it is advisable that you do a thorough renovation. This is necessary because an old roof has high chances of being destroyed completely by the storm compared to a new one. It might cost you some money to do the renovation, but it is worth the cost because you might even spend more in case it gets damaged by the storm. Or if you wait for storm damage- insurance may be liable for repairing/replacing the roof.

 

TIP 4: Make sure you have contacts of roof damage repair services

When there is storm there are always risks of water damage from occurring. The water damage can even affect your roof or any other part of the house. This is why you need to have phone contacts of the nearest water damage professional service so that you can call them in the case of any emergency.

TIP 5: Last but not least…

If you follow all our tips you shouldn’t be worried about the incoming storm. The thing you should do now is always be prepared for the worst and know a professional and trusted roofer in your area.

In case the worst happens and your roof suffered damages from the storm. Make sure to call us so we can start offering you security and peace of mind when it comes to your roof.

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Recover from the damage caused by hail storms

Priority #1: Remain safe in the hail storm

A hail may occur during any strong storm; That is, hail represents a threat everywhere. When hail falls, roof coatings can be destroyed and water can damage ceilings, walls, floors, appliances, and your personal possessions. Knowing what ceiling coatings offer good impact resistance can save you money and trouble.

Know your limits

Most roofing jobs can not be done by yourself. Unless you have experience replacing roof coatings, hire a professional roofing contractor.
Before re-roofing, check with local building officials about what local building codes are.

Know the lining of your roof

If you are replacing the old, worn roof tile with asphalt shingles, make sure they have a Class 4 rating under Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard 2218. A Class 4 rating ensures that a sample of the product did not crack after being hit twice in the same area by a two-inch steel ball.
The UL 2218 standard is a practical method for performing impact resistance testing, although it is not perfect and works best for some roof liners than for others. The UL standard measures whether a product cracks after receiving an impact. Some roof coverings, especially some made of metal, may not crack but have dents and holes.
Therefore, even if they pass the test well, they may not be practical. Keep this in mind when using a UL standard to measure the quality of a ceiling coating.

Stay safe in case of a storm

If you are indoors when there is a storm with large chunks of hail, stay there. Because large hail can shatter windowpanes, close your drapes, blinds, or curtains to prevent wind from throwing broken glass into the house. Stay away from skylights and doors. If it is outside, immediately get under a shed.

For more information on protecting your home from hail damage, visit the Business and Home Safety Institute or contact your local Beneficial Roofing Office.