According to Travelers Insurance, roof damage from wind made up an astonishing 25 percent of all homeowners insurance losses from 2009 to 2015. High winds can damage your roof, especially if it’s older or if your home is often exposed to forceful wind.
Wind can cause a few different kinds of damage to your roof. These include leaks, torn away or broken shingles, and gutter blockage. Asphalt shingle roofing receives the most damage from wind – even though it’s sturdy and rated to hold up under 90 mph gusts. If the wind is sustained, it can wear away at the integrity of shingles and start to damage them at 50 mph. Knowing how to check for roof damage from wind is vital to your home’s long-term health.
Wind is unpredictable. It can damage areas that seem strong while leaving weaker areas alone. That’s because the wind doesn’t hit the entire surface of your roof with the same amount of strength. Corners, edges, and the exposed ridge suffer most frequently from wind damage.
For instance, where shingles hang slightly over the edge of your roof, wind can get under it and curl it up – or even rip it clean off. This is the type of damage that’s easiest to spot visually. Anytime wind removes a shingle, the roof will develop a leak in that spot (and anywhere below it, since water runs downward).
In addition, high winds can “lift” shingles without removing them. Most often, this is caused by suction from the wind passing over the top of the shingles, rather than getting under them. In this case, your roof may look intact from the ground. But all the while, water is seeping underneath the loose, lifted shingles. Lifted shingles lead to broken sealant – and leaks over time.
As another example, debris blown by high winds can tear apart your shingles. Tree limbs are a particularly common culprit here, so make sure you trim away any branches that reach over your roof. If you have trees next to your house, you’re likely to experience this type of roof damage from wind. In fact, high winds don’t cause as much damage as the debris blown by them does. They may look pretty, but those overhanging trees are a hazard.
Look for these signs of roof damage caused by high wind.
Leaks in your roof are the easiest way to spot damage. However, a leak is the last thing you want. Don’t wait until your ceiling is dripping to check for damage. After each session of high winds, check for damaged shingles before you have a water problem. And, if a leak does appear, call a trusted roofer right away!
You should be able to spot missing and curled shingles from the ground. Look especially at the roof’s stress points: edges, corners, chimney, valleys, and ridgeline. These spots will let water through to the sub roofing – and into your home.
On the other hand, lifted shingles are hard to spot unless you’re on the roof. What may have happened is that the nails have become looser, and the layer of sealant may be broken. You’ll want to have your roof professionally inspected from time to time, especially if your roof has a steep pitch or your home has more than one story.
Extreme wind and pounding rain can strip protective granules from your shingles, washing them into the gutter. After a rainstorm, especially one accompanied by high wind, check the gutter for an excess of granules. If you find more than normal, call a roofer to check the shingles.
This should be a quick check, but you’ll need to be on the roof to do it. Inspect the flashing around the chimney to see if it’s split or missing. Because it’s a vulnerable stress point, your chimney flashing is an especially common location for roof damage from wind.
Like always, a high-quality roof installed by an experienced roofing professional is your best defense against wind damage. Don’t cheap out – you may end up paying more in the long run. Call a licensed and insured roofer with decades of expertise, like Chattanooga Roofing Company. We’d be happy to inspect your roof for wind damage and give you a free estimate!
Knowing what to do if a tree falls on your roof is important. Tree damage to your roof often occurs after events like severe storms or other natural disasters, like earthquakes. In addition, rotten trees can split and break, falling onto your roof. Damage to your roof can vary depending on the event, the size of the tree, and where it fell. You need to know what to do if a tree falls on your roof – and do it in a timely manner.
It is crucial to document and report every bit of damage to your roof or home in the aftermath of a tree falling. This can be useful to provide to your insurance company to cover any costs of the roof or home repairs, as well to your roof repair crew.
If you remember this step and step #2, you’ve got the basics of what to do if a tree falls on your roof.
After you are finished taking pictures, contact your insurance company right away. Your insurance company will know what to do if a tree falls on your roof, and can help guide you through the next steps. Chattanooga Roofing Company can work with most insurance companies to repair your roof during your time of need.
Important: You will need to call a specialized tree removal crew to remove the tree and debris around your home. For your own safety, never try to remove the tree or debris yourself. Do this only after your insurance company has been to your home. Your claim will be put at risk if you start to remove debris before the adjuster has seen the damage.
Your insurance is likely to recommend several roofing companies that can come in and repair your roof after a tree has fallen on it. Repairing your roof is an urgent matter. You need to return to living comfortably in your home. And, quick repairs help avoid problems with the elements or pests potentially getting through damaged areas of your roof.
When you are looking for a roofing contractor, always make sure that they are licensed and trusted roofing contractors. Be patient with the process of roof repairs to your home. If a rotten tree split and fell on your home, be aware of any other problems in trees and get them taken care of to avoid more roof damage later.
Don’t let tree damage to your roof wait. In this busy, summer season storms are inevitable. If your home has suffered from roof damage due to fallen trees, depend on Chattanooga Roofing to make the right repairs. Call us today at 423-308-ROOF for help!
The lifespan of a roof ranges between 15 to 30 years. Asphalt roofing is typically the shortest to last, while metal roofing can last up to 50. There are other factors, like roof design and manufacturing, climate, and roof maintenance, that go into the durability of your roof’s lifespan. But even the best of roofs cannot last forever. You’ll need to know when to call for a roof replacement when it has reached the end of its lifespan.
Leaks can have several causes, including damage from pests or storms. While these can be easily fixable, leaks can lead to water damage inside your home and weaken the overall roof structure. If a weak and aging roof continues to have problems with leaks, it may be reaching the end of its lifespan.
Seeing rays of sunlight through your roof may come as a shock. After all, its supposed to keep the elements out. If light is coming through your roof, there are cracks or exposed parts of your roof that must be addressed. These cracks can come with age, as well as structural damages.
Granules are the materials that asphalt shingles are constructed out of. These granules are designed to protect the shingles from sunlight. Granules can wear down throughout the years, and the black specks may end up in your gutter or staining your roof. If you’re noticing a significant amount of granule loss on your roof, your roof may need a partial or full replacement.
Mold is never a good sign for your roof. Along with the damage it can bring to your roof, it may seep into your home and cause health problems. When left untreated, mold growth will shorten your roof’s lifespan considerably, or show that the roof’s durability is ending soon.
Think your roof needs a repair? Do you suspect your roof’s lifespan may be at the end now? Give Chattanooga Roofing a call today at 423-308-ROOF.
Can you spot the signs your commercial roof needs replacement? Professional roofers recommend that you have your roof inspected once or twice a year. You can check on your own roof any time to see if there is anything out of the ordinary. But a more experienced eye may spot problems you don’t see.
Commercial roofs must be inspected regularly to catch problems early. This includes looking for potential signs your commercial roof needs replacement. Let’s look at several of those signs now.
The average commercial roof lifespan falls between 20-25 years. Once the roof approaches this age, potential for structural damage increases. A common aging issue with commercial roofs is blisters – created by buildup of moisture between the shingles. High temperatures can intensify the degree of the roof blisters, which will eventually lead to poor roof ventilation.
Poor roof ventilation means that your building’s heating or air flow is not being circulated properly. The more your HVAC system must work to heat or cool your space, the higher your energy bills will be. There are instances where your roof could use a repair to combat rising energy bills, but if the roof’s structure is damaged enough, it will take a roof replacement to fix the problem.
Any rotten areas are obvious signs your commercial roof needs replacement by a professional. A roof can become rotten after any damage to the roof structure. Any gaps created by exterior damage to your roof make way for mold growth or roof staining. A rotted roof will sink or sag, so to avoid any potential dangers you’re always better off calling a certified roofer who can come in and assess the damage.
When left unaddressed, any sort of commercial roof damage or neglect will inevitably lead to interior damage. When outside elements or pests can get through problem spots in the roof, they can lead to more expensive repairs or maintenance. If you’re noticing leaks or water stains in your roof, pests getting inside easily, or even mold growth inside, don’t ignore those signs your commercial roof needs replacement immediately.
Don’t hesitate. If you spot signs your commercial roof needs replacement, call Chattanooga Roofing today at 423-308-ROOF.
Algae doesn’t just thrive in the ocean. In fact, it can grow on your roof. You may have noticed long black streaks that have accumulated on your roof. This isn’t mold – it’s algae. But, even though you don’t need to worry, it’s important to identify and treat algae growth on your roof. This is a part of good roof maintenance and will help you avoid future mold or mildew growth. Here are three ways that algae can put your roof at risk.
Algae will usually appear as black streaks on your roof. These streaks begin after algae spores latch onto the roof and grow, especially in wet or humid climates. In its earlier life cycle, algae can also look white, green, or greenish-blue. These discolorations on your roof can be quite an eyesore and get worse when left unaddressed. Algae growth can stain a roof in as quickly as four years. By that point, your roof would need a professional roof cleaning.
Algae growth usually affects the appearance of a roof. But it can also mess with any energy-efficient paneling installed on your roof. Algae can block these panels if they grow over them, raising your energy costs or potentially ruining the roofing. Algae can survive on the roof without water, so the chance of it increasing your energy bill even in dry weather is high.
If algae growth affects any energy-efficient roofing, in the long run it can lead to the need for roof repairs. Algae can damage a roof if it manages to get through a leak or crack. Mold or moss growth is likely if algae gets through a roof leak. However, this is completely preventable with annual roof inspections, especially if algae growth is already present.
Algae makes your roof look grimy and dirty. If left unattended for long periods of time, it can lead to costly future problems. To have your roof inspected, give Chattanooga Roofing a call today at 423-308-ROOF.
During this month we celebrate Earth Day as a reminder of our efforts to protect the environment. We want our homes to be good for the environment. After all, we depend on both. Chattanooga Roofing Company is proud to offer metal roof installation among our services. If you are thinking about installing a metal roof, you may ask: is metal roofing environmentally friendly? The answer is absolutely yes.
Metal roofing, which is a roof made up of metal tiles and pieces, has been proven to have the least environmental impact. Here are 3 ways how metal roofing is environmentally friendly.
Metal roofs are often constructed from recycled material. Some roofs are constructed with up to 95% recycled materials. Aluminum and steel are two of the most recycled products in the world, so installing roofs with the recycled metals cuts back on a lot of waste. As a result, metal roofs are rarely found in landfills compared to asphalt shingles. And the great news is that metal roofs can be easily installed over asphalt shingles if you choose to do so.
In climates that experience heavy rain or snowfall, metal roofs are ideal because snow and water can easily roll off – decreasing the chance of ice or water damage. They can endure wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour (meaning they are hurricane-safe) and are also fire-resistant. Metal roofs have a minimal carbon foot print due to their low weight and offer life-long sustainability. They can last up to 40-50 years.
Metal roofs are not only a great energy-saver, but a money-saver too. They are referred to as “cool roofs”, meaning that they can reduce up to 40% of the energy your house spends. This means you can save on your power bill every month. With this, your home value can increase. Saving costs on heating and cooling your home are a great favor to the environment through the installation of a metal roof.
If you’re interested in saving money and living in a green, energy-efficient home, give Chattanooga Roofing a call at 423-308-ROOF. We will be happy to give you an estimate and coordinate a roof upgrade. You won’t regret it – and neither will the environment.
You don’t want to find pests anywhere inside your home – especially your roof. If your roof has any weak spots, animals will often find a way to burrow inside and hibernate during the colder months. In fact, winter is when most pest damage happens. As temperatures rise and rain falls, unfixed damage can wreak havoc on the walls and roof of your home. So, what should you do if pests damage your roof?
First, let’s look at which pests cause the most roof damage. After all, knowing your enemy is half the battle.
Here in the south, we see lots of problems with pests like squirrels, mice, rats, beetles, termites, ants, and even bees. Each of them can cause different types of damage to your home.
Termites are especially known for invasions around areas where there is mold or rotted wood. Termites will build colonies in and weaken wooden roof structures, leading to loosened roof tiles or shingles.
Birds and bats will build nests inside your home and can leave unpleasant droppings. They can both get in through rotten fascia boards. You can prevent further incursions by replacing those boards.
Hornet and wasp nests can attract other insects that cause damage to your roof when left alone. Wasp nests also attract termites, leading to extensive wood damage.
Squirrels cause issues with electrical materials when they gnaw and chew on wires, pipes, structural supports, or shingles in order to get into your attic. They usually leave behind urine stains and unpleasant odors.
Like squirrels, mice and rats commonly chew and gnaw on roofing and structural materials. Their presence can expose your family to disease or disgusting droppings and odors.
Get an exterminator – and then call a professional roofer like Chattanooga Roofing Company to fix the damage! When pests damage your roof, we’ll handle all roof and fascia repairs efficiently and effectively. We can repair any damage done and prevent further infestations, so next winter your home will be safe from pests and vermin.
Springtime is just around the corner. It’s time to put away the winter coats and enjoy the sunshine and much-needed rain. As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But what if spring storms damage your home? Harsh weather like tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and hail storms can cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes during the spring. This damage can be simple, small scratches and dents. But in the worst case, you may even need to repair or replace your roof.
You need to know what to do if your roof is damaged following a bad storm, and what steps to take to ensure your home is protected. Here’s what to do if spring storms damage your home.
Your roof is the first place to check after a storm. It’s important to identify the signs of storm damage. These can include:
Next, you’ll need to examine your windows and siding for damage. Look out for:
When assessing your home for storm damage, don’t forget to document and photograph everything. You also need to check around the home for debris or trees that may have fallen on your roof. This will help with insurance claims and let you know what to expect when your trusted roofer inspects your home. Never climb up on the roof yourself. This can be extremely dangerous, as a roof’s structure can be weak if damaged.
Call Chattanooga Roofing Company at (423) 308-ROOF if you suspect your home has spring storm damage. We can inspect your roof, give you a repair estimate if needed, and work with your insurance company to cover the costs of storm damage. We have an experienced, licensed, insured, and hard-working team to make your home safe again after a bad storm.
Well, your roof needs repair. Or maybe you even need a full replacement. Either way, you’re getting ready to look for the right roofing contractor. Before you hire a roofing contractor, you need to know what questions to ask them. As you search, you can make an informed decision by weighing the answers your prospective contractor gives.
Cost and completion time are obviously big questions. So big, in fact, that we’re just assuming that each customer will ask them. “How much, and how long?” Your choice depends on your budget and scheduling needs.
Know what? Price matters. You should be skeptical of any roofing contractor that comes in with a far lower bid than anyone else. They’re probably not experienced enough to know the true costs of re-roofing your home. Either they’re just trying to get the job, or they have no clue how much materials and labor are involved.
Do your research before making your choice. If you choose the right roofer, even if they’re not the cheapest, you’ll be confident that your roof will be in good shape for a long time.
Don’t be shy – fire away. The more direct your questions are, the better chance you’ll have of getting straight answers.
Stay away from any roofer who doesn’t want to get into specifics. For instance, if you have more than one roofing layer, they all have to be removed before installation of any new material. Make sure your roofer will be replacing all flashing and installing rubber membrane at the eaves to avoid leaks from ice dams and backed up leaves.
You need to see a proof of policy from the roofer’s insurance company, showing both liability and workers comp coverages. Any roofing contractor can say they’re insured. Make them show you. Any roofer who deserves your business will be happy you asked. Do not, I repeat do not, hire a roofer without insurance, bond, and full license. Chattanooga Roofing Co. always stays current with all forms of authorization and insurance.
In addition to providing a roofing material warranty, your ideal roofing contractor should also guarantee their workmanship. Look for a roofer with a 1-2 year warranty, and make sure the terms are included in the contract you sign with them.
Want a clear picture of how a roofer goes about their business? Go to a job site and check out their work. Are they working efficiently? Is the site generally clean? Are they diligent or do they seem like they wish they were watching TV? A roofer who’s confident in their team’s quality should be happy to hear you ask this question. They look forward to getting the job based on the strength of their work.
Most roofing companies use subcontractors, at least some of the time. It’s not a problem. The reason you’re asking is to learn who they are. You want to make sure they carry their own insurance and licensing. Also, make sure that an experienced foreman will be on the job with any subcontractors.
Go one step further than simply getting references. Actually call them, or email if you don’t have their phone number. The experience of a happy (or regretful) customer can be very revealing. Among other questions, ask if their roof was finished on time and on budget.
You’re the one paying for the roofing project. That should exempt you from cleaning up the mess. Make sure the contractor will be using tarps to catch all debris, and that they’ll haul it all away. Confirm that they’ll sweep a magnet over the lawn and garden to pick up any stray nails. Cleanup is normally part of the estimate. If it’s not, ask for it to be added at no charge.
Your home isn’t secure without a good roof. Fortunately, if you ask the right questions up front, you’ll end up with a great roof from a trustworthy roofing contractor. The more you know, the more roof repairs or roof replacements will give you peace of mind. Talk to you soon!