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Winter weather can be harsh, and many commercial premises suffer from storm damage. Fallen trees or branches can crash through roofs, and hail storms can cause damage to the surface of your roof, while strong winds can rip off roofs.
Texas is famous for its bad winter weather and is sometimes known as tornado alley. For this reason, commercial roofing companies often have to deal with the after-effects of destructive storms.
If you live in the area and are looking for a commercial roofing company to repair storm damage, you may like to contact Longhorn commercial Roofing. The company can maintain and repair all roofing types and install roofing on your residential or commercial property.
Storm damage is a common problem for many homes and business owners across Texas. It’s essential to look after your roofing as your roof will help to defend you against the elements. This article will look at what to do if your roof has suffered from storm damage.
Problems caused by storm damage
Residential and commercial roofing are susceptible to storm damage, so it’s crucial to keep on top of repairs. If left unchecked, storm damage can lead to roof leaks, which are likely to cause additional problems in the long run. If your roof is leaking, mold will start to grow, and you’ll face costly water damage repair.
If a storm has damaged your roof, you should contact your local roofing company to access the roof and carry out the necessary repair. It’s also a good idea to contact your insurance company as you may be able to claim back the cost of repairs.
How To Spot Signs of Storm Damage to Your Roof
Follow these steps to look for and repair signs of storm damage to your roof. If you notice any issues, you can call in a commercial roofing contractor, rather than trying to repair your roof yourself.
Go Outside and Look at Your Roof
The first thing you should do after a storm is to go outside and look at the roof. Only venture outside If it’s safe to do so. Look for any signs of storm damage, such as fallen trees. You can also check the area surrounding your property for fallen shingles, tiles, trim, or flashing.
If you have a chimney, you can also check whether it looks ok. If high winds have damaged a chimney, it’s likely to be leaning, or could even be missing bricks, or flashing.
You should also check the exterior of your home for signs of exterior damage. Check that there aren’t any damaged bricks, windows, gutters, or siding. Sometimes gutters can become dented or broken during a storm. Don’t ignore damaged gutters and downspouts, as these are important as they direct water away from your property. Gutters will help to prevent water damage to your home’s foundations.
If your gutters look like they are in good condition, they may have become blocked with debris. You can clear out gutters using a ladder and a hose. Clearing your gutters will stop water from spilling over and running down the side of your property.
Carry Out an Indoor Inspection
You can also look out of your upstairs windows as this will give you a clearer view of your roof. If you have an attic, you can look for water damage, which would indicate that the roof is leaking. If you see any rusty, brown-colored stains in your attic or on the ceilings, this is a sure sign that you have a roof leak. Also, look out for peeling or bubbling paint.
Another indicator that there’s a problem with your roof is if you suddenly notice a sharp increase in your energy bills. This is a sign that your roofing has been compromised.
Look for Hail Damage
Damage caused by hailstones creates millions of dollars’ worth of damage to property annually. As hail is one of the main causes of roof damage, you should look out for the following signs of damage.
Look for damage to the surface of the roof. The damage caused will depend on what type of roofing materials you have, as well as the age and location of your roofing. Hailstones can also vary dramatically in size and hardness, and the angle they fall will impact the damage they cause.
Hailstones that are an inch in diameter, can cause severe damage to asphalt shingles and wood shingles. Different roofing materials will have slightly different marks when hit by a hail storm. If you notice any darker marks or soft spots, these are likely to be caused by hail. If you have a shingled roof, this is likely to look dimpled. You may also notice cracked or broken roof tiles or shingles.
Another common sign of hail damage on a shingled roof is loose granules on the shingle’s surface. If you notice this problem, you should also have a look in your gutters for pieces of loose granules that may cause blockages.
If you see any exposed roof felt, this is also a sign of hail damage. For asphalt roofs, you’ll likely see patches that appear shiny. When hailstone strikes, they can create a shiny appearance as the asphalt is freshly exposed.
Don’t Attempt DIY Roof Repairs
It’s never a good idea to attempt DIY roof repairs yourself. This is especially true if the weather is stormy and the conditions are wet. Getting on a roof after a storm can be very dangerous.
You should call on the help of a professional commercial roofing company who can assess the damage and fix it safely. A roofing company with experience of storm damage will be able to restore your roof, carry out repairs and check for leaks.
Longhorn Commercial Roofing, San Antonio, TX
If you live in San Antonio, TX, or the surrounding area and are looking for a commercial roofing company to repair storm damage, contact Longhorn Commercial Roofing.