We inspected a roof in Jeffersontown today that had significant wind damage. The homeowner did not realize there was damage. He is contacting the insurance company to have an adjuster inspect the roof. Wind damage is not just missing shingles. It is also shingles that have lifted and not sealed properly if at all. The shingles will also have creases in them which can lead to several problems. The inspection should be performed by someone who is qualified. There are many roofing companies from which to choose. Preferably you would like the ones that are the most knowledgeable with inspecting roofs and working with insurance companies to confirm weather there is damage and if it is covered under insurance. One question to ask the roofing company is if they are certified by Haag engineering to inspect roofs. If not by Haag then by whom are they certified. Haag is the largest and most widely recognized organization to certify roof inspectors. In addition to looking for damage minor problems should be addressed and repaired, nail pops, loose flashing, etc. If you are reading this and need a roof inspection please call or complete the "contact us" email form.
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I wanted to share with you about a repair we made for one of our Angie''s List customers in Prospect, Ky. Mr. Lyon called and asked us about repairing his leaking valley. He was concerned about how the repair would look because the valley was on the front of his house. We arrived and first went inside the house to see where the water had leaked through the valley and stained the ceiling. We then inspected the roof. The shingles (tabs) were starting to curl at their edges indicating it would be time for a new roof soon.
We removed the valley shingles and noticed a couple of issues. One, there was no additional protection in the valley to protect it from leaking. It is extremely important to provide added protection to the weak parts of the roofing system. Anywhere two roof lines meet, all projections through the roof and where a roof line stops at a wall are weak areas and a source of potential leaks. Years ago roofing companies would use metal in the valleys then felt paper then shingle over the valley. Nowadays there are better products on the market to address those issues. The best product we have found is Owens Corning WeatherLock which is a butyl rubber adhesive system. We installed WeatherLock which is a fantastic product, self adhesive and nearly indestructible once it is installed. It is 3'' wide, self adhesive and is installed right in the middle of the valley. If water does get through the shingles somehow the water would be redirected down the valley and away from the house. As long as I have used this product I have not had any problems with a leaking valley.
Two, we found the gutter guards (gutter protection) had been installed wrong. Let me say first of all I am not a fan of gutter guards that are designed to slide under a shingle. Many problems can occur during installation and they could be installed wrong. Which you may not be aware of for years to come. The protection systems that slide beneath the shingle break the sealing strip that seals the shingle to the course beneath. It will NOT reseal as well once the seal has been broken. So, wind damage can occur because of improper installation. I would recommend gutter protection that does not require infringing upon the roofing products.
The valley is now repaired but it is not pretty because the existing shingles had faded tremendously over time. In addition shingles made at different times will have slight variations. But mainly fading is the problem. Repairs will always be noticeable. If someone tells you otherwise RUN.
One of the things that homeowners fear the most is having a roof that is not secure. Old, damaged roofing and leaks can cause homeowners a lot of trouble and cost a lot of money. It is best to detect early when your roof is in need of repairs or replacing; because it is often delay that causes major problems and eats away at a homeowner’s cash.
Here are a few ways you can tell that your roof may be in need of repairs or replacing:
There are ways you can tell from the inside of the home if your roof is in need of repairs. You can begin by checking for:
- Sagging areas in your ceiling
- Water damage or any leaking that may be occurring
- Damp or dark spots that look like they may be places where water may have settled
- Streams of daylight that may be coming through your roof
Once you have checked for signs on the inside of your home; it is best to have someone safely check the exterior of your property. Here is what to look for:
- Damaged shingles that may need to be replaced
- Any other roof damage, such as, chimney damage, loose vents or pipes
- Check your gutters for shingle granules. They will appear as very large grains of sand. This is a sign that you need to call a specialist immediately.
- Mold, rot, or any other signs of moisture
- Gutters and downspouts should be free of debris and securely attached
If your home has a roof with wooden shakes you also need to have it inspected for termites periodically. Cedar roofs need to be checked for moss in moist climates.
If your home has a tiled roof, you will want to examine it for cracks in the tiles. Don’t walk on the roof, or you will cause more damage to the tiles. Tile roofs can last a very long time, for generations even, but individual tiles may become damaged, and in need of repair. You don’t need to replace the entire roof.
A roof made of concrete, should be inspected and maintained, but should never need to be fully replaced.
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