What To Do If A Storm Blows Shingles Off Of Your Roof

May 14, 2024

When storms hit, the damage to your home can be stressful, particularly when shingles are torn from your roof. At Pinnacle Home Improvements, we understand the urgency of addressing such issues to prevent further damage to your property. Acting swiftly to replace missing shingles is key to safeguarding your home from the elements.

We offer practical solutions to resolve the immediate problem caused by blown-off shingles and other common roofing problems. Our experienced team can assess the damage and execute effective repairs to restore the integrity of your roof. Additionally, we provide advice on how to prevent similar situations in the future, ensuring your home remains protected against severe weather conditions.

To further fortify your home against the whims of Mother Nature, we advocate for preventive measures. This includes routine roof inspections to identify potential vulnerabilities before they evolve into serious concerns. By partnering with our clients, we contribute to the longevity and durability of their homes through comprehensive maintenance and preemptive care.

Assessing the Damage

After a storm, it’s crucial for our roof company to accurately assess the damage to the roof. This will determine the necessary steps for repair and help prevent further issues.

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Safety Considerations Before Inspection

Personal Safety: It’s important not to attempt a roof inspection if you’re not experienced. Roof inspections should be left to professionals, especially after a storm, when the risk of injury is heightened due to potential roof instability and slippery surfaces.

Professional Assessment: If you suspect structural damage, you should contact a professional immediately to conduct the inspection. They have the appropriate safety equipment and training to perform the assessment safely and thoroughly.

Identifying Missing Shingles

Visual Inspection: From the ground, you can perform a visual inspection to identify any obvious signs of missing shingles. Binoculars can be helpful to see details without climbing onto the roof.

Detailed Inspection Points:

  • Edge Damage: Look for damage at the roof’s edges, as these areas are often affected first by high winds.
  • Pattern Damage: After identifying general areas of missing shingles, focus on the pattern of loss to assess whether the damage is isolated or widespread.

By addressing these areas of concern, you’re setting the stage for effective repairs and long-term roof health.

Short-Term Solutions

When shingles are blown off a roof, it’s crucial to act swiftly to prevent water damage. We’ll discuss immediate solutions to protect your home until permanent repairs can be conducted.

Emergency Covering Options

Tarpaulins: We recommend using heavy-duty tarpaulins as an effective temporary cover. Secure them with wood strips nailed along the roof’s edges to prevent water intrusion. Choose a tarp that extends over the damaged area by at least 3 feet on all sides. Fasten the tarp to the roof using 2x4s to ensure it withstands wind.

Roofing Felt: For smaller areas, consider 30-pound roofing felt as a quick temporary cover.

  1. Cut the felt to overlap the damaged section by a minimum of 3 feet.
  2. Nail it down at 1-foot intervals and seal the edges with roof cement.

Temporary Fixes

Roofing Cement: Apply roofing cement for minor damage where a few shingles are missing. Spread a generous amount of cement where shingles are missing. It will provide a waterproof seal until new shingles are installed.

Replacement Shingles: If spare shingles are available, replace them as soon as possible by following these steps:

  1. Remove any remnants of the damaged shingles.
  2. Slide the new shingle into place and nail it securely.
  3. Apply roofing cement under the edges to seal.

Hiring Professional Help

When shingles are blown off a roof, it’s essential to address the problem promptly and efficiently. We recommend enlisting the services of a licensed professional to ensure the job is done correctly and to avoid common roofing issues.

Choosing the Right Contractor

  • Check Credentials: Ensure the contractor is licensed, insured, and has a good standing in the business community.
  • Verify Experience: Look for contractors with a track record of resolving similar roofing problems.
  • Read Reviews: Consult online reviews and client testimonials to gauge the contractor’s reliability and quality of work.
  • Get Quotes: Obtain multiple quotes to compare pricing but remember, the cheapest option might not always equate to the best quality.

Understanding the Scope of Work

  • Inspection: A thorough inspection must be conducted to assess the extent of damage and determine necessary repairs.
  • Contract: The contractor should provide a detailed contract outlining all the work to be done, materials used, timelines, and costs.
  • Warranty: Discuss warranty options for the work performed, which can provide reassurance and protect your investment.

It’s imperative that we emphasize the importance of hiring a professional not just for immediate repairs, but also for preventing future issues.

Long-Term Prevention Strategies

In long-term storm preparation, we focus on proactive steps that ensure roofs can withstand harsh weather conditions. The longevity of a roof is closely tied to regular upkeep and the quality of the materials and craftsmanship used in its installation.

Regular Maintenance Tips

  • Inspect your roof twice a year: Look for any signs of damage, such as loose, cracked, or missing shingles. Also, check for wear around chimneys, vents, and pipes.
  • Clean your gutters regularly: Ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. This helps prevent water from backing up and causing damage.
  • Trim overhanging tree branches: By keeping branches away from your roof, you minimize the risk of physical damage and reduce the buildup of leaves and branches that can compromise the roof structure.

Quality Materials and Installation Techniques

  • Choose the right shingle: Opt for high-wind-resistant shingles that meet local building codes and are suited to your regional climate.
  • Work with certified professionals: Use qualified roofing contractors who follow proper installation methods to ensure optimal performance of your roof.
  • Ensure proper ventilation: This is crucial to minimize heat and moisture buildup that can weaken your roof over time.

A focus on these preventative measures is key to safeguarding homes against future storms.

Insurance and Warranty Claims

When storm damage occurs, it’s crucial to understand your insurance coverage and the warranty on your roofing products. We’ll guide you on how to navigate your insurance policy and file a claim effectively.

Navigating Insurance Policies

Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover storm damage, including lost shingles, but there are specific procedures and requirements for filing a claim. Firstly, review your policy to understand the coverage and any deductibles. Typically, policies cover common roofing problems such as wind or hail damage. Keep in mind that coverage can vary, so it’s important to know the particulars of your policy, including:

  • Coverage Limits: The maximum amount your policy will pay.
  • Deductibles: The amount you’re responsible for before your insurer pays.
  • Exclusions: Certain types of damage that may not be covered.

Filing a Claim Step-by-Step

Document the Damage: As soon as it’s safe, document all damage. Take clear photos or videos to show the extent of the damage.

Contact Your Insurer: Reach out to your insurance company promptly to report the damage. Provide them with the documentation of the loss.

Claims Adjustment: An insurance adjuster will likely visit your home to assess the damage. Present your findings and offer access to all affected areas.

Get Repair Estimates: Obtain detailed repair estimates from licensed contractors like Pinnacle Home Improvements. We can assist you in providing accurate estimates for repairing the storm damage.

Claim Approval and Repair: Once approved, you can proceed with the repairs. Work with trusted contractors who understand the intricacies of roofing warranties and insurance claims.

By following these steps and working closely with your insurer and a qualified contractor, you can navigate the claims process with confidence and restore your home’s safety and integrity.

Roofing Warranties

Understanding the warranty for your roofing materials and workmanship is also important. Warranties can provide additional peace of mind and financial protection in the event of storm damage. Here’s what to consider with roofing warranties:

Manufacturer’s Warranty: This typically covers defects in roofing materials. It’s crucial to understand what is included and for how long the materials are covered.

Workmanship Warranty: Offered by the roofing contractor, this covers errors in installation. Ensure you know the duration of the warranty and what specific aspects of the installation are covered.

Keep Documentation: Retain all warranty information and receipts for any roofing work done, as you’ll need these for any future warranty claims.

Maintenance and Warranty: Some warranties require regular maintenance to remain valid. Adhere to these requirements to avoid voiding your warranty.

Professional Roofing Support

At Pinnacle Home Improvements, we are committed to providing not just roof replacement services, but also ongoing support to maintain the health of your roof. Our team is ready to answer any questions and offer the necessary assistance to ensure your roof is prepared to withstand future storms.

Partnering with a trusted contractor like Pinnacle Home Improvements means investing in the safety and longevity of your home. Whether it’s emergency repairs, routine maintenance, or navigating insurance and warranty claims, we’re here to help you every step of the way. With our expertise and commitment to quality, your roof will be well-equipped to handle whatever nature throws its way.