What is a roofing inspection and do I need one?
When you are buying or selling a home, it is important to know the age and condition of your roof. At these times a roofing inspection is crucial, but it may also be important at any time to know the condition of your roof so that you can better understand when it may need repair or replacement. A roof inspection may be a valuable thing to have performed every few years throughout the lifespan of your roof. A roofing inspection is also a necessity after major storms as hail, tornadoes, severe rain, snow, ice and strong winds can affect the life of your roof. A roofing inspection also helps to stay ahead of any major issues that could cause a leak or damage to the inside of your home.
At Guardian Roofing our team of roofing experts have been do roofing inspections in Fort Worth & Dallas for over 10 years. From residential homes to apartment complexes, warehouses and large commercial buildings our team is ready to provide you with a free inspections and assessment of any damage that your structure may have received after a severe storm.
We highly recommend contacting a reputable roofing company after a storm to properly inspect your roof. Inspecting your roof after storm damage can be very dangerous and should be done by a qualified professional. At Guardian Roofing we offer FREE roofing inspections and 24 Hour Emergency Service! Contact Us today or call 817-500-4906
What are the most common types of Hail Damage?
Is hail damage immediately noticeable? Not always. Hail impact may cause latent damage that can, over time, result in premature aging of the shingles. Without obvious visual damage, there is no real way to be sure how much, if any, damage shingles have encountered. Latent damage caused by hail or severe weather may not be apparent until months or years later and may cause the shingles to age prematurely.
How can I tell if the roof was damaged from a severe storm? Generally, damage can be seen as indentations and/or fractures on the shingle’s surface. Hailstones vary in size, shape, and hardness and can create a random pattern of dents or depressions. If this is not evident, look for indentations on metal flashing, siding, chimney caps, or even skylight flashing. After some time, clusters of granules may come off (at the point of impact) in a random pattern and expose the asphalt.
- Granule loss at points of impact, which may be accompanied by surface depression. Loss of mineral granules as an immediate or gradual consequence of storm damage can lead to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. This may lead to accelerated aging of the shingle. Therefore, granule loss is NOT just cosmetic damage, and “sugaring” — the process of adding loose granules to damaged shingles with asphalt cement — is not a permanent solution.
- Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing, which may radiate outward from points of impact. Cracks may be present especially if high winds blew the shingles back.
- Exposed fiberglass mat, where hail shattered the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to break away from the fiberglass mat.
- Fractured fiberglass mat, which may or may not be immediately visible. A fractured mat may result in tears radiating out from the points of impact. Furthermore, hidden damage to the mat may later develop into cracks and tears in time as the shingles age.
- Loosening of the self-seal strip. This damage may or may not be immediately visible and may weaken the seal integrity, creating the possibility of future shingle blow-off.
Can several individual shingles be replaced or should the entire roof be replaced?
While it is possible to replace individual storm-damaged shingles, latent damage to the surrounding shingles caused by a storm can be difficult to assess. Because of the potential for the surrounding shingles to also have experienced storm damage, complete roof replacement is sometimes recommended for the long-term performance of these roofs. If the damage is confined to one plane of the roof, replacement of just the damaged roof plane may be possible. If individual shingles are being replaced, any nails that were removed from surrounding shingles must be replaced and the surrounding shingles must be resealed by hand for the best results.
Be Alert to Early Signs of a Roof Leak
A yearly roof checkup is great, but problems can occur at any time. Early signs of trouble include:
- Dark areas on ceilings.
- Peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.
- Damp spots alongside fireplaces.
- Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.
If you find worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there’s been a storm with heavy wind or hail, get a free professional inspection from Guardian Roofing today!
Guardian Roofing: Give us a call at 817-500-4906 & let us schedule a free roofing inspection or commercial roofing bid for you!
The Better Business Bureau gave Guardian Roofing and Construction an A+ rating. Owens Corning rated Guardian “Preferred,” along with only 145 other Roofers for the entire state of Texas. We are also members of the Commerce of Fort Worth.
Whether you need residential roof repair, routine inspection, commercial roofing, roof restoration or a new roof, at Guardian Roofing and Construction, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and make it happen.
We highly recommend contact a roofing company after a storm to properly inspect your roof. Inspecting your roof after storm damage can be very dangerous and should be done by a qualified professional. At Guardian Roofing we offer FREE roofing inspections and 24 Hour Emergency Service! Contact Us today or call 817-500-4906