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6 Areas Where Your Roof Experiences Storm Damage

It’s well known that storm damage can be especially bad (and expensive) when it comes to roofs. The number of extreme weather incidents in the U.S. is on the rise. Unfortunately, the odds of damage to homes are higher, too.

After a thunderstorm or tornado has cleared the area, you’ll find a lot of people crossing their fingers as they inspect their houses. Even if you know that your roof is likely to take on some storm damage, do you know what to look for?

Don’t let the damage get worse because you didn’t know you needed help. There are some areas that are most likely to be affected after your home has gone through severe weather. Read on to find out which six areas to check for damage after a storm.

1. Check Indoors First

It might seem counter-intuitive to check indoors for damage to an external roof, but this is actually the first place you should check after a storm has rolled through the area.

Go to each external room in your house. Do you see any damp spots on the ceiling? Do you see any water stains where the ceiling meets the wall?

Of course, if you see water starting to leak, that’s a sign that your roof has taken on significant storm damage. You can keep assessing the damage outside, but your best bet will probably be to call in professionals. There won’t be much more for you to do, since your roof could need to be replaced completely.

If you don’t notice any water stains, breathe a sigh of relief. However, there still could have been some damage done, so you should still continue your inspection.

2. Shingles

Often, the most obvious storm damage done will be to your shingles. If your house went through a hail storm, for example, you’ll probably find a lot of cracked or dented shingles. These should be noted in case they become larger cracks or tears.

Inspect your roof closely and check the ground around you to see if there are any missing shingles. If shingles are missing, your roof is vulnerable to even more damage.

Missing shingles are an obvious problem, but even if all of the shingles on your roof seem to be in place, there are still some issues you should look for. Are they all flat and in place, or have some of them been bent out of shape? If your shingles aren’t lying properly, your roof will be prone to leaks.

Finally, you might want to grab a ladder or some binoculars to see if the granules have been worn away by the storm. The granules on the shingles help to provide fire resistance, so if they’ve been worn away, you’ll need to take action.

3. Roof Vent

Depending on what kind of a roof you have, and if you have an attic or not, you might have ventilation in your roof. Many homes in warmer areas have a roof vent to release hot air and make it easier on their AC system.

This seems like a pretty unimportant piece to check after a storm, but make sure that the roof vent hasn’t been bent out of shape or dented. Even if everything looks fine with your shingles, a dented roof vent could signal that there’s something else damaged you can’t see.

You’ll need a ladder to get a good look at the vent, so take extra care and make sure you have a spotter.

4. Gutters

Storm damage can affect your gutters, too.

First, look to see if they’ve been partially detached from your home. High winds can pull the gutters away from the roof and siding, causing even more damage than before. The wind can also bend them out of shape and stop them from working correctly.

If your gutters seem to be in place, make sure they’re not too clogged with leaves and debris. A clogged gutter can’t do its job properly. Debris can pile up and prevent water from draining, which could lead to even more damage.

While you’re at it, check your windows as well. They’re not technically part of your roof, but you’ll want to know as soon as possible if they’ve been damaged during the storm.

5. Flashing

Flashing is the material that’s used over your roof’s joints to prevent water from seeping in through the cracks. Depending on the style of your roof, the flashing could be in a lot of different places. It’s most common around a chimney, around the edges of the roof, and where two planes meet.

Flashing is usually a metal like aluminum, but sometimes it can be plastic or felt. Depending on what was used for your house, you’re most likely to either see tears or buckling in the material. If you have a chimney, you should look for missing flashing that might have been torn away by the wind.

6. Underlayment

You may have never seen the underlayment of your roof before, which is a good thing — you’re not supposed to.

The roof underlayment is a waterproof material that’s installed underneath everything else. It’s meant to be the last defense against leaks in your home in case everything else is damaged.

Since it’s so strong, it’s rare for a storm’s destruction to be so bad that it ruins the underlayment. With any luck, there won’t be too many issues with this area of your roof. You should still double check to make sure it hasn’t been damaged, though. If the underlayment is toast, you’ll probably need a whole new roof.

Does Your Roof Need Repairs from Storm Damage?

Look no further — Davis Contracting has over fifteen years of experience serving homeowners across the state.

We offer free home inspections so that a licensed professional can assess any potential damage. If you do need repairs, we can help. Our services include replacing missing shingles, fixing wall and chimney flashings, and much more to help get your home back in shape.

Ready to get in touch? Shoot us a quick message here or get a free estimate now by calling (864) 501-5208. Let us help you get your home back in perfect shape.

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4 Signs Your Home Needs Storm Damage Repair

If you live in a storm-prone area, chances are you’re familiar with the sight of roofers repairing storm damage.

Whether it’s in the southeast, where hurricanes dominate the summers, or in the midwest, where tornados are a springtime staple, storm damage to your roofing is a very real danger.

You want to ensure that your roof stays in good shape. Not only is it costly to replace, but it is the one factor of your home that is arguably most important. It protects you from the elements and ensures that the other parts of your home, from climate control to lighting, function the way they should.

Ignoring the well-being of your roof is a costly mistake.

But short of your roof actually being ripped off, how do you know that you need storm damage repair?

How Storm Damage Occurs

Storm Damage can come from three sources:

  • Hail
  • Heavy Rain
  • High Winds

Hail

Hail acts a projectile, hurling balls of ice at your roof. These ice balls can be anywhere from pellet sized to the size of small melons, depending on the updrafts going on during a particular storm.

Hail can cause damage to shingles, gutters, chimneys, and can even put holes in your roof, especially if you’ve had prior damage.

Heavy Rain

Heavy rain is unlikely to soak through your roof unless you’ve had previous damage that has gone unchecked.

If your house has been through multiple storms without storm damage repair or a roof replacement, heavy rain could become your enemy.

Moisture will seep in through tiny cracks made by hail or high winds, and while you may not see an actual leak, water can accumulate in your walls and ceiling, causing swelling, structural instability, and mold.

High Winds

High winds like the kind you find in hurricanes and tornados can rip shingles from rooves, and, if the winds are high enough, tear a roof clean off.

High wind is also the cause of external damage and can be the cause of fallen trees or other projectiles slamming into your roof.

If you’ve had a storm with any of these factors, and especially any of them in conjunction with one another, you need to check for roof damage.

We have the four signs to look for.

Leaks

Water causes incalculable amounts of damage to rooves and homes every year. Left unchecked, water damage can cause issues with swelling and mold.

Obviously, if you have a leak, you probably have roof damage. But leaks can be hard to spot, especially if you have an attic or crawl-space.

After a storm, you should take the time to walk the uppermost space of your home and check for leakage. If you find puddles or water spots on your ceiling or walls, it is time to call a roof specialist.

Loose Shingles

You don’t have to get up on your roof to assess whether or not you have missing shingles. And in fact, you should never walk around on your roof unless you are a professional. There is no need to add bodily injury to your list after a large storm.

Walk your property after a storm and keep an eye out for pieces of your roof littering the ground. Even one or two missing shingles is cause for calling a professional.

You may be tempted to just DIY it if the job doesn’t seem too big, but your roof is an investment, and you don’t want to compromise its integrity just because you don’t want to pay a professional.

Dimpling

Now it’s time to head up to your roof, especially if you’ve had hail. It’s best not to walk around on your roof, for safety’s sake. Use a ladder and take a cursory look. If you feel like you need a more detailed examination, call a storm damage repair company.

Check for missing shingles here, even if you didn’t see any on the ground.

Also, take a close look at your shingles. Look for any cracking or dimpling caused by large pieces of hail.

Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that a small ding from hail is no big deal. After all, there’s no hole and no leak.

But even tiny imperfections compromise the integrity of the shingle and can erode over time, leading to leaks and water damage.

Damage to Externals

While you are up on your roof checking for hail damage, take a look at your rain gutters, downspouts, and chimnies.

Damage to any of these components may indicate damage to your roof that you are unable to see, especially if you have had high winds or hail.

Keep an eye on your air conditioning unit as well. If it took substantial damage in a storm, it’s likely that you need a professional to look at your roof as well.

Other Situations for Storm Damage Repair

There are a few other, more obvious signs. For instance, if there is a tree on your roof, even if it hasn’t broken through, you need to call a professional.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to move a tree off your roof on your own.

You also should not remain in your home if there is a tree on your roof. Get out as quickly as you can and call a storm damage repair company.

If your home has taken storm damage, see how we can help you out. Contact us today!

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5 Ways to Protect Your Roof From Storm Damage

Storm season is an unpleasant time of the year for many people. 

Some of this weather can even destroy or damage our roofs. This damage can take even the most attentive property owners by surprise at times.

While no one can completely avoid this storm damage, there are steps people can take to prevent some of it.

From routine roof checks to simple maintenance, here are five things you can do to keep the roofs over your heads.

1. Assess the Condition of Your Roof Early On

The time to be concerned about the condition of your roof is before storm season hits. Waiting until storm season arrives is only going to make any existing problems worse.

You don’t want to spend more than what is necessary because you waited too long to make simple fixes, right?

In any case, there is a pretty generic checklist that can be used to examine the overall condition of your roof. The first order of business should be to look for the obvious things, such as missing tiles or shingles.

You should also be sure to check the condition of the tiles that are still on your roof.

Are they loose or bent? You might want to think about arranging some small fixes if so.

You might also consider evaluating your roof’s condition from the inside of your property. This works best from the attic.

If you find leaks or gaping holes that allow water or air to enter the building, you need to make some fixes before storm season hits.

Be sure to do this type of check at least a couple of times a year. You could do one before winter sets in to make sure that you have no problems up top. If you don’t check your roof before winter, you risk not being able to once the snow and ice pile up.

You might also choose to check up on your roof after winter ends. This is the perfect time to find out how your roof held up during the colder months.

2. Selecting The Proper Products For Roofs

This tip is more geared towards those of you who have some property that isn’t residential. We’d just like to address some mistakes that building owners might make.

Sometimes building owners, for one reason or another, choose residential products for their roofs. This is specifically problematic when residential gutters are chosen for commercial buildings.

So, what’s the problem?

Commercial buildings typically collect more water than their residential cousins.

As a result, a lot more water runs through these gutters. If commercial buildings rely on residential gutters, the water will run all the way to these buildings’ foundations. This will damage them.

Technically, this doesn’t necessarily result in storm damage to your roof. Still, this is a problem that starts on your building’s roof. So, it’s a problem that you’ll need a roofing company to fix.

3. Clean Your Roof As Needed

Many people don’t really know the positive effects that a little spring cleaning can have on their property. Cleaning is more than cosmetic. It can literally save your roof from storm damage.

When cleaning your roofs, start by removing the obvious junk up there (basic maintenance).

If you have tons of foliage or branches lying around on your roof, get rid of them. Every bit of garbage that builds up on your roof makes it heavier.

When your roof gets too heavy, it becomes easier for certain sections to cave in.

Clearing your roof is also a matter of preventing drains from getting clogged. During the winter months, snow and ice can cause problems like this.

Your gutters should also be cleaned. They play a vital part in proper drainage. Without properly functioning gutters, your roof is much more likely to develop a leak.

4. Repair Damage Quickly

Repairing damage quickly is the name of the game.

That said, storm season or not, you should get to repairing any damage you can identify as soon as you see it.

Don’t wait until you absolutely must get the repair done. You might think that it’s okay to sit on the damage for a while. However, ignored issues make it easier for your roof to suffer storm damage when the weather gets bad.

Got a hole or a leak in your roof? Need new gutters? Then, please, repair this damage as soon as possible. You’ll probably end up paying more in the long run if you don’t.

5. Call In The Pros

Trust us when we say that we’re coming from a good place when we tell you to call in the professionals.

There are plenty of doable DIY fixes, but sometimes you just need someone who is extremely qualified to do the job.

We know that some of you want to hold on to your money, and we get it. That doesn’t change the fact that you pay professionals for a reason. They know what they’re doing, and they’re usually pretty good at it.

Professional roofers know all about fixing problems with gutters and doing roof replacements. Not only that, but they’re also excellent at uncovering hidden problems. These are issues you might never have been able to identify without their help.

Further still, your roof is not a place to attempt DIY fixes. Roofs are not cheap. So, there is no reason to undervalue your roof so much that you turn into a personal project.

Stay One Step Ahead of Storm Damage

The weather is unpredictable.

So, it’s impossible to always stay ahead of any damage that it might cause to your roof. Even if you can’t stay ahead, though, it’s nice to be prepared at the very least.

Preparedness is what we excel at here at Davis Contracting. We specialize in repairing roofs, windows, and siding. We’ve been doing so for more than 15 years now.

That said, if you’d like to get your estimate or home inspection, don’t forget to fill out our contact form. We’ll be in touch soon after you do.

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How to Avoid Roof Damage in Greenville SC

Roof damage, no matter how slight or severe, is inevitable. At some point as a homeowner, you’ll encounter problems with your home’s roof. You may be asking yourself, “So, what can I do to prevent roof damage? How can I make my roof last for as long as possible?”

We’re here to answer just that!

The constant sunny weather and lack of snow in South Carolina may make it seem like the homeowners here have it easy.

But did you know that Greenville gets around 50 inches of rain per year? That’s higher than the national average. It means that Greenville homeowners are especially susceptible to storm damage

Roofs are integral to the safety and foundation of our homes. In this article, we’re going to talk about how South Carolina homeowners can avoid roof damage. Don’t let your roof succumb to short-term and long-term damage!

1. Keep Your Gutters Clean

Gutters drain rainwater away from your home. For them to do their job, they need to be properly cleaned from time to time.

When gutters clog with leaves and debris, excess rainwater can accumulate on the roof. This can cause serious problems. You could be dealing with leaks and damage to the interior and exterior of a home.

Clogged debris pose as fire hazards, as well. It can also weaken the foundation of a house. It can even cause roofs to collapse completely. Repairing roof damage can cost thousands of dollars. Serious problems like roof collapses can exceed tens of thousands of dollars.

Clogged gutters also attract pests, rodents, and insects. They can lead to mold and spore growth. This can be a serious health hazard to your family. 

How often should you clean your gutters?

It depends on how many trees are in your yard. Yards with more trees means that more leaves and debris can wind up in your gutters.

The most important time of year to keep an eye on your gutters is in the fall and spring. However, they can still clog in the winter.

Since it doesn’t snow that often in Greenville, clogged gutters aren’t much of a threat in the winter. But it’s still a good idea to check them from time to time during the cold months.

Cleaning gutters is a task most homeowners can do themselves.

But the job can be dangerous if gutters are located high up. It can also be dangerous if your yard isn’t level. Without a sturdy ladder, you won’t be able to clean your gutters alone.

That’s where a professional comes in. They can clean your gutters and check their durability for a reasonable price.

2. Trim Your Trees

As we mentioned, leaves and tree debris are the main cause of clogged gutters. Homeowners with many trees in their yard have to especially stay on top of their gutters.

But excess trees in a yard can cause other roof damage. During high winds, branches can fly off and hit your roof. They can loosen the shingles or tiles off your roof. They can also damage other areas of your home.

Though it’s not common in Greenville, frost can accumulate during the winter. When this happens, tree branches are at a greater risk of falling onto your roof.

To prevent roof damage caused by tree branches, it’s important to trim your trees. This is easier for shorter and smaller trees. But it can be more difficult without a sturdy ladder or level ground.

3. Check for Roof Damage

From time to time, you should grab your ladder and check your roof for damage. Again, this will be difficult without a strong or tall enough ladder. However, it’s important to do.

Check your roof 2-3 times per year. The best time to check your roof is after a thunderstorm or windstorm. It’s crucial to check it before and after hurricane season.

When you go up on your roof, check it for damaged shingles or tiles. Also, look for missing shingles or missing gravel. Replace any damaged/worn out shingles or tiles.

If the nails on your shingles are loose or improperly installed, they can cause damage to your roof. They can also fly off and cause damage to other areas of your house.

Additionally, check for surface bubbles, blisters, or cracks on flat roofs. Trapped moisture or air can cause these, and excess sunlight can exacerbate them.

You should also check the flashing of your roof. The flashing is important because it directs the flow of water away from openings into the house. It needs to be in good condition so that water flows away from the house.

Fixing roof damage like blisters or cracks can be challenging if you don’t know how to. It requires cutting away the damage and applying layers of new membrane material to the area.

The worst thing you can do is to ignore existing damage. Eventually, the damage will become so bad that you’ll need the help of a professional. You can end up spending thousands of dollars to repair the damage or install a new roof entirely.

4. Ventilate & Insulate Your Attic

A vented attic in any climate is necessary. But in South Carolina, a vented attic can be the best thing for your home during the hot summer.

A vented attic forces hot air out of the attic and helps cool it down. In turn, it helps keep the rest of your home cooler and puts less strain on your air conditioner.

Though it doesn’t snow often in South Carolina, it’s a good idea to ventilate and insulate your attic.

Because it rains so much, an insulated attic can expel moisture and excess heat. It won’t release so much heat that it will cause frost or snow to melt and cause water leaks. But insulation will prevent ice dams from forming on the roof altogether.

Poor ventilation can also further damage to loose shingles. During high winds, poorly-ventilated roofs loosen shingles.

Talk to a professional roofer about whether you need to install better insulation. Depending on how old your house is, your insulation or ventilation system may need to be replaced. In any case, a professional roofer can determine the next best course of action.

Avoid & Prevent Damage to Your Roof Year-Round!

By keeping your gutters clean, trees trimmed, and your roof in good shape, you can avoid damage to your roof.

While you can do your part, sometimes you can’t control damage on your roof. In an area that’s as susceptible to storm damage as Greenville, serious roof damage is a common problem. 

Not sure if your roof needs professional care and repair? Contact Davis Contracting for your free estimate today!