Roof Damage Colorado Springs
By far the most damaging and costly type of storm that can hit a roof is a hail storm. Hail is responsible for millions of dollars worth of insurance claims every year. It can rip through shingles and harm the structural integrity of the roof itself. While there is a huge hail storm a couple of times a year, odds are there are dozens of smaller storms here in Colorado that are causing damage to your roof without your knowledge. In the next few paragraphs we are going to be discussing some techniques for you the homeowner to check out and record damage on your roof. If you are in any way uncomfortable with using ladders, climbing onto your roof and taking notes then we would recommend scheduling an inspection right away to determine how extensive the damage is. If you do intend to inspect the roof yourself make sure you have a solid pair of soft soled boots, a functional ladder, chalk, and a camera to record anything you may see.
-Damage visible from the ground.
Before you even venture onto the roof there are some signs you can see from the ground that are a good indicator of the presence of damage on the roof. Dented gutters and downspouts are the first and most obvious sign, the next would be pits and damage in the siding and window sills of the home. Any outdoor appliances will surely be affected so be sure to record dents and scratches on air conditioning units and vents.
-Damage on the roof.
Once you have finished up the preliminary ground inspection you can hop up on the roof using a ladder and begin recording the hail impact damage. The best place to start would be on skylights, surface vents and chimneys. Hail will often cause the metal venting on your roof to dent and warp and depending on the size of the hail it can punch holes in the plastic of the skylight. On chimney’s the damage will be less obvious but it often appears as pits and scratches on the brick.
The vast majority of roof damage is going to be centered around the shingles. Sometimes shingle damage is hard to spot and requires careful inspection to uncover. The main thing you are looking for when you inspect shingles is the granules on the surface of the shingle to be displaced or pitted. While it may not seem like something to worry about, absolutely any damage to the integrity of the shingle can lead to roof leakage later on.
If after your preliminary inspection you have uncovered a large amount of damage then you should seek a professional roofing company like Triton Roofing for a second opinion. The most important thing to remember after a big storm is to be proactive and get an inspection done right away before any leaks have had a chance to develop. Triton Roofing is prepared to offer a detailed summary of roof damage so as to better serve you the homeowner and provide the insurance company with the detailed information they need to pay for either roof repairs or in some cases a total roof replacement.
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