The roof on your home protects you and your family from the elements and in an emergency, when your roof is in need of repair, it is important to address the repairs right away to avoid costly damage to your home. A roof emergency happens when there is damage that causes a leak or allows water and moisture to build up under the roofing materials.
Types of Roof Damage
Most damage is caused by strong storms and debris falling on your home. When a storm blows through it can bring with it heavy winds, hail and even heavy snow.
- Wind – Shingles and tiles can be pulled up and torn away from your roof. Wind can also damage flashing and gutters exposing your roof to water damage.
- Hail – Damage from hail can result in anything from small cracks in shingles and tiles, to large holes that will allow the rain to pool under the tiles and leak.
- Snow – Large snow loads on your roof can damage it by unevenly distributing weight.
- Rain – If there is a build up of debris on your roof a light rain can cause pooling on your roof and weaken the area. Heavy rains in combination with other weather hazards can create a larger damage in need of immediate repairs.
- Debris –Your roof can also be damaged by trees, and falling debris. Broken tree limbs can fall on the roof and trees that are growing too close to the house can hit your roof in a storm.
When it is a Roofing Emergency
Just after a storm has passed it’s important to make a quick and safe assessment of the surrounding area. Check around your home for anything that may have blown off the roof or large limbs that may have fallen on or around your home. Make an internal check, looking at the ceiling or in the attic for any water damage.
What to do During Storm Season
The best way to be prepared for an emergency is to have a certified professional roofer on call. A roofer like Bill West Roofing in the greater Kansas City area will come out during an emergency to give you a free estimate on your roofing repairs. It is also a good idea to have Bill West Roofing come out before the storm season and do a quick check to make sure your roof is in good condition.