According to Steve Wells of Overhead Roofing, a reputable Cincinnati roofer with over 17 years of residential roofing experience, homeowners are often surprised that their roof has experienced any damage whatsoever.
"Regrettably, this sort of damage is ordinarily not obvious to the majority of homeowners, particularly from the ground level looking up. Just because you can't see any missing, broken or bent shingles or dislodged gutters doesn't mean that your roof has avoided the ravages of winter untouched," Wells explained. "Most of the problems aren't even noticeable unless a qualified roofing professional goes up on the roof and looks for telltale signs of trouble."
Wells continued, "Sometimes shingles can become rendered ineffective due to severe wind conditions. Very high winds can cause the shingles to bend back, breaking their adhesive seal and preventing the shingle from protecting the wood beneath from moisture and water damage."
Whether the sealing strips stay intact is critical to the effectiveness and life expectancy of your roof. If the seal is broken for any reason, the roof will usually start leaking in the next year or so. That's why it's critical to have an experienced roofer inspect your roof as soon as you suspect damage may have been caused.
Other winter hazards that may wreak havoc on your roofing system are ice dams and the resultant excessive moisture buildup in the attic, which can cause wood rot, mildew, mold and rust to form.
The encouraging news is that the majority of homeowners insurance policies will cover weather-related roofing damage to some extent, and in some instances, may pay for the full cost of replacing the entire roof. Most homeowners are not aware that their policies have such broad coverage.
So what should you do?
Wells suggests having a qualified roofing contractor inspect your roof to check for any potential problems, and to report any trouble to your insurance agent so that repairs may be made right away.
To find out more about this subject, or to request a free residential roof inspection and estimate, call Overhead Roofing at 513-844-8700, or visit their website:
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