Storms can wreak havoc on your home’s shake roof and cause damaging moisture to penetrate into your home. Kansas City has its fair share of storms each year, impacting roofing systems often significantly. Your roofing’s durability and overall value decrease significantly after a storm, so it’s vital to call a roofing company to have it inspected and repaired if needed.
Your roof is one of the most important structures in your home. If it gets damaged, it may simply need a repair. But if your roofing is so compromised from a storm that it needs to be replaced, it pays to do so promptly to avoid further damage from moisture penetration.
Questions to Ask a Roofer about Shake Roof Repair After Storm Damage
Finding a reputable roofing contractor can give you peace of mind that your roof is in good hands. When locating the best contractor for your needs, look for a well-established company. Choose a licensed or bonded roofer, and ask them for references. Check out their ratings online including reviews, Angie’s List, and the BBB. Ask if you can see proof of insurance for liability and workman’s compensation.
Get a detailed written estimate with materials and labor charges outlined. Discuss a starting and completion date, and be sure the company you choose doesn’t ask for the full price upfront (indicating a scam). If they ask for the full price before starting the job, look elsewhere for a contractor. Once you find the right roofer, here are some questions to ask:
1. Why did my wood shake roofing shingles split?
Wood shake roofing damage occurs due to its aging process or storm damage. When rain or snow fall on your roof, moisture infiltrates your shingles. Shingle shrinking and swelling is caused by water penetrating and then drying.
2. Is shake roof repair possible?
Yes, a roofing contractor can remove damaged shingles and replace them. Consider the age of your roof and the amount of damage you have when deciding between repairing or replacing your roofing.
3. How large does hail need to be to damage my roof?
Typically, pea or marble sized hail won’t damage a roof that is in good condition. If the hail is larger than a marble, you may incur damage. There are a variety of factors that come into play when looking at hail damage. How big is the hail? What shape is it? Is it dense? How strong is the wind? What type of roofing do you have?
4. How does hail damage vary within a neighborhood?
Interestingly enough, hail can vary quite a bit in its size, hardness, and the amount of hail in your area. Wind direction and velocity can also play a part in the extent of damage your roof incurs.
5. Why are hail marks lighter on my roof than the roof itself?
Your roof may get darker over the years due to algae growth and weathering. Hail impacts your roof and penetrates the dark mark, creating a light-colored mark in its place. If left alone, the marks will eventually fade due to algae and weathering.
Roofing Replacement Options
Two fabulous replacement options include asphalt roofing and metal roofing. They both do a fantastic job of protecting your home.
This affordable roofing option gives you a classic look and lasts 15-30 years. It can mimic other materials like slate and cedar. It comes in a variety of styles and color options, and is low maintenance. Asphalt roofing stands up to wind, fire, intense sunlight, and storms.
This option is steadily gaining popularity due to its extreme durability and style. Its super low maintenance, longevity, and strong return on investment (ROI) make it a favorable choice. If you’re looking for added design interest and increased curb appeal, you’ll love metal roofing. Choose from stone-coated steel or standing seam, or combine the two for even greater aesthetic appeal.
How to Assess Your Home’s Roof Damage
If you see water dripping inside, or spot a brown stain on your ceiling, you may have incurred roof damage. The good news is, you can do a simple DIY inspection. Here are some guidelines:
Check your roof twice a year
Even if you don’t have water dripping indoors or brown spots appearing on your ceiling, it’s wise to check your roofing twice a year.
Outside your home
You can simply get a pair of binoculars and stand far enough away from your home to see the roof in its entirety. Check for cracked, torn, balding or missing shingles. Check the area around your chimney and vents, and keep an eye out for hail or storm damage. Roof leaks can be caused by even a small hole in your flashing or a missing or damaged shingle. Look at your gutters and shingles for wear.
Inside your dwelling
With a flashlight, take a good look at the highest ceilings in your home, (which is typically the attic). Look for signs of water penetration or structural damage such as discoloration, moisture on your ceiling or insulation, a sagging roof deck, or the ability to see daylight from inside your attic.
Christian Brothers Roofing offers free insurance claim assistance. We are skilled at insurance negotiations, giving homeowners peace of mind after storms. As part of the insurance claims process, we inspect your roof and gutter system, and provide a detailed estimate. Your insurance company completes their inspection and provides a claim estimate. Christian Brothers Roofing ensures your home’s damages have been properly assessed so you get a fair settlement on storm damage.
Contact Christian Brothers Roofing to schedule a consultation.