If you live in an area where hurricanes typically travel, the best thing that you can do is be prepared before the hurricane and be retroactive after the hurricane hits. If your home is hit by a hurricane and there appears to be damage, the next step that you should take is to find a professional inspector. A home inspector will be able to assess the damage and will be able to let you know what must be fixed and if it is covered by your insurance policy. Your roof should be inspected by a roof inspector as well. here are three questions to ask the roof inspector after a post-hurricane inspection.
How many branches and limbs are on the roof?
Of the best ways of telling just how close you were to an actual tree falling on your roof is to determine how many limbs and branches are on the roof. If there are a lot of limbs and branches, it may be time to get your trees trimmed by an arborist. Keeping the trees trimmed and short will make it so that you don't have to deal with a tree trunk falling on your home next time. If there were a lot of large branches, be sure that you ask if there could be any damage to the structure of the roof.
Is the roof loose in any way?
If there are loose shingles, this is a problem that can be taken care of for an inexpensive price. However, if you are constantly dealing with loose or missing shingles after a hurricane, this would be a good time to consider redoing the roof. Changing your roof from a shingled roof will be a big job, but the lowered risk of further damage make a new roof well worth the price. Since shingles can fly off and hit other pieces of your property, changing your roof style can also mean less damage to other property.
Is there standing water?
Roof pitch will mean the difference between water standing and proper water flow from the roof. If you have standing water on the roof after a hurricane, your roof could begin leaking or cave in. Talk to a roofer, like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal, about installing rubber sealing to the roof or increasing the pitch or drainage of the roof. This will ensure that the interior of your home does not become affected by water off your roof during a hurricane.