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Identifying Hail Storm Damage To Your Home
Storm season has arrived. Do you know what to look for after a catastrophic hail or wind storm hits your area? Here are a few tips to help you decide to call JM Roofing Group for a Free Property Inspection:
Wind Damage is the most obvious type of damage to identify, and typically is an excellent indicator of storm damage.
- MISSING SHINGLES: If you see missing shingles on your roof, it’s an obvious indicator that you have storm damage.
- ROOF MATERIAL ON THE GROUND: Finding full or partial shingle or roofing pieces on the ground may indicate parts of your roof have been blown off by wind, even if you can’t see it from the ground!
- BLOWN OFF EXTERIOR COMPONENTS: Blown off fascia, siding, gutters or other exterior components are all indicators of wind damage also.
HAIL STORM DAMAGE:
Hail Storm Damage is quite a bit more difficult to identify than wind damage. This is mainly because wind damage displaces exterior components of the home, while hail simply impacts those components, affecting the lifespan, warranty, and functionality of the exterior components (Shingle, Siding, Gutters, etc.). Supporting evidence of hail damage, or collateral damage as it is referred to, can be found all around your property. Here are some things to look for:
- HAIL DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR: Hail dings on your car. This may seem like an odd place to look for evidence of hail damage to your home, but it’s actually one of the most effective and obvious. In order for hail to damage most cars, the hail must be a certain size and density. That size and density reflected in the hail damage to your car, would most likely indicate the hail was large enough to damage your roof, as well. That is, assuming your car was at your home or property, at the time of the catastrophic event.
- SOFT METAL DAMAGE: Hail dimples on gutters, downspouts, fascia, window wraps and other soft metal accessories on your home (Aluminum, copper, etc.). Soft metal accessories are easier to damage than other exterior components, and offer insight in to hail large the hail was at your property during the storm. Larger hail hits to your soft metals certainly warrant further inspection of the roof and property.
- A/C FIN DAMAGE: Hail indentations to the fins on your A/C unit. Older A/C units and window A/C units typically have exposed A/C fins. If hail came in from the direction the A/C unit faces, the A/C fins on the unit would be peppered with indentations from hail impacts. This is additional collateral damage, or supporting evidence, and further support the decision to call for a property inspections from one of our Haag Engineering Certified Inspectors.
- GRANULE LOSS: Massive granule loss from your shingles is a fair indicator of hail damage to your property. You may notice grains of asphalt rock on your back deck, or driveway, or coming out of your downspouts after a storm. Shingles are designed to lose granules during inclement weather, but when an abundance of granules comes off during a weather event, it’s better to be safe and have your roof inspected for further insight.
- WINDOW SCREENS: Hail damage to your window screens. Most window screens have a certain pliability to them and can withstand a certain amount of debris impact. But when a hail stone hits your screens at a certain velocity, it will puncture your screen and leave it peppered with holes. You may only see damage to your screens on certain sides of your house, depending on the direction the storm traveled and the amount of blowing winds.
- NEIGHBORITIS: Your neighbors are all getting new roofs! If you step out your front door one morning, or come home from work one evening and see your neighbors getting a new roof, or have solicitors knocking on your door to sell you the promise of a new roof, politely tell them, “No thank you!” Then call your trusted insurance restoration specialists at JM Roofing Group for a complete property assessment and inspection. Neighboritis, as we affectionately call this phenomena, is typically the largest influence on a homeowner’s decision to get their roof inspected, and eventually file an insurance claim. It’s hard to see ALL your neighbors getting new roofs and think that you wouldn’t get approved either.
ALL of these tips, on what to look for, will help you decide whether or not to have your property inspected. Not all of these must be found to warrant calling for an inspection, but even finding one is an excellent reason to have your home looked at. Besides, it’s FREE!
Once a certified hail and wind inspector looks at your property, we will show you pictures of any damage we found, and give you an honest assessment of the damage to your property. If one of our inspectors, or sales representatives finds sufficient damage to warrant filing a claim, he or she will then instruct you on how to proceed. If one of our inspectors DOESN’T find sufficient damage to file a claim, he or she will explain their assessment to you and how to best move forward with any repairs or maintenance outside of an insurance claim. We wouldn’t want anyone to waste our time with filing a needless insurance claim, and we certainly won’t waste yours!
Contact JM Roofing Group today to schedule your free Hail Storm Damage Inspection.
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Have you ever gone into the bathroom in the morning to shower and get ready for work, only to find an ugly brown spot near your bathroom fan? What about when you go to light a fire in the winter and find water dripping on, or even inside, your fireplace? How about my personal favorite? Water dripping onto you WHILE YOU SLEEP!?!
Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure, a leaking roof is no fun. Here are some common leak problems, and why they happen:
Leaks in the bathroom or in the kitchen:
This type of leak tends to come from one place in particular, your PVC plumbing pipes that protrude through your attic and roof. A rubber flange, with a hole for the pipe to fit through, is secured around the PVC pipe to prevent water from entering around it. Water can enter the inside of the pipe, without any water entry issues. However, if the water enters on the outside of the pipe, due to breaks and cracks in the rubber, it can and usually does cause a significant leak in a home’s kitchen or bathroom. This is due to the fact that most of your plumbing routes to these areas. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. What an interior ceiling stain might look like. 2. What a plastic & rubber pipe collar looks like installed around the PVC pipe that exits through your roof. 3. How a properly repaired pipe collar should look.)
Leaks around your chimneys and flashing walls:
This type of leak tends to show up during heavy rains. You may see water leaking down your drywall on the outside of the chimney, or dripping on the inside. You may see drywall damage and stains where your garage meets the house, the foyer entrance of your house, or along the walls of dormers on the front of the house. How do you know these things, you might ask? It’s because these intersections on the roof, tend to be where a vertical structure (like a wall or a chimney) require an adequate flashing system to prevent water from leaking into the roof. 75% of the time, the fix is simple… maintenance your roof after it’s initial 8 to 10 years. Caulking dries up and peels off, aluminum flashing gets bent from wind and flying debris, and fasteners (nails & screws) become dislodged due to temperature change and exposure to the elements. However, their are times where the initial installation of the wall flashing system is entirely improper, and prolonged or extensive damaged may be affecting structural items on the roof, like the wood decking it is secured to. In those cases, the flashing system needs to be removed and reinstalled with all the proper components. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. Wall flashing with unsecured fasteners. 2. Chimney flashing with exposed water entry points, needs caulked. 3. Improper chimney flashing installation, leaving a dead spot, behind the chimney, where water and debris collect.)
Leaks due to wind driven rain:
This type of leak is the most unique type of leak and tends to happen during more severe weather events. During a strong storm, rain may be accompanied by wind gusts. These wind gusts blow the shingles up and either break the matting of the shingles, or it bends/creases it, during the storm. Sometimes these leaks are easy to detect, because the missing shingles on the roof make it quite obvious. However, at times, shingles may raise during a wind storm and allow water to enter through a nail hole, or seam where parallel shingles meet. These leaks tend to happen for 1 of 2 reasons. The first is the most common: improper installation. This means, the people who installed your roof originally did not nail on the shingle where they should have, allowing the shingle to bend during strong winds and either cause a leak, or break completely. The second reason these leaks tend to happen is due to a material defect, in the shingle. It is common, with certain shingle manufacturers, to have a defect in the production of certain shingle lines, from certain factories. If this occurs within the first 10 years of the roof’s installation, I would recommend you file a claim with the shingle manufacturer for a defect. Otherwise, I would advise you to repair the problem if it is small, and save up for a new roof in the future. Maintenance of your roof goes a long way though folks. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. Wind damaged shingles that are completely removed, along side creased or bent shingles, all due to wind. 2. Wind damaged shingles, blown off during storm & exposed fasteners caused leak. 3. Older shingles, that have a defect, with extensive wind damage.)
Every leak and every home are completely different, but experience with so many different types of leaks and homes is what sets us apart from all the other roofers in Lexington, KY. JM Roofing Group is one of the top rated roofing contractors in Central and Northern Kentucky for both roof repairs and roof replacements. So, whether it is one shingle to repair or a whole roof to be replaced, JMR LeakPros should be your first call. Don’t wait until you get drenched with costly repairs, call JM Roofing Group today for a FREE roof assessment!
Thank you, once again, for taking the time to read “The LeakPro Blog”. Our next entry will address ratings, reviews, and how to identify a trustworthy and dependable contractor. Until next time…
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It’s that time of year again! Storm season has arrived which means we’re all stepping foot out of hibernation to inspect what kind of storm damage repairs we’re facing. Do you know what to look for after a catastrophic hail or wind storm hits your area? Here are a few tips to help you decide to call Joshua Miller Roofing for a Free Property Inspection to inspect for Hail Damage and Wind Damage.
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How to Choose Roof Colors For Your Home
Many of Joshua Miller Roofing customers ask for direction, when choosing roof colors for their home. It’s a big decision. You certainly don’t want to regret that decision. Below you can find some tips and examples of color schemes for your roof. You can always check out more Joshua Miller Roofing projects and color schemes in our “Portfolio” section of our website.
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Many will agree that energy efficiency is important to both home and business owners because saving energy usually equates to saving money! Ensuring your roof is energy efficient can cut your energy cost all year round. There are several different types of energy efficient roofing materials and accessories to choose from. However one of the most critical components when looking at energy efficiency is having proper insulation and ventilation. Having an efficient ventilation system can improve climate control throughout both the hot summer months and the cold winter months, as well as provide additional protection against harsh elements.
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There are several types of storms and severe weather conditions that leave your roof susceptible to wind or water damage such as hurricanes, hailstorms, tornadoes and thunderstorms. All of these conditions have the capability of ripping shingles from your roof or causing tree limbs to fall on and potential scratch your roof. With this being said, it is imperative to check your roof for damage following any severe weather.
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It is essential to have an Ice and Water Shield installed on your roof. It will not only protect against water damage and decrease the possibility of leaks, it will also enhance your roof’s lifespan. The Ice and Water Shield provides an extra layer defense to the roofs most vulnerable areas: eaves and valleys, roofing vents, skylights and around the chimney. The damage in these areas is caused by ice damming, wind-driven rains and backed up gutters. These shields are usually offered as an “additional feature,” but we strongly recommend that you have the Ice and Water Shield installed!
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Most of the damage done to your roof is caused by severe weather like heavy rain, strong winds, hail and snow storms or hurricanes. Although this type of damage is unavoidable, there are precautions you can take to prolong the lifespan of your roof. Here are 5 things you can do as home and business owners to keep your roof in the best possible condition.
1. Clean out your gutters regularly. Most people do not realize how important it is to clean out their gutters regularly. The gutters are essential to keeping the roof dry and protecting your roof from water damage. When your gutters are not properly cleaned out the water is unable to run from the roof to the ground. This water gets trapped and begins to pour where it does not belong which can result in extensive damage not only to your roof, but to other areas of your home. To avoid this from happening to your home, make sure you clean out your gutters twice per year.
2. Trim your Trees. Make sure you keep tree limbs groomed when they are close to the foundation of your home. When limbs get too long, they start rubbing on your roof and siding. They have nowhere else to go. Eventually they will start to cause wear and tear to your roof, such as holes that allow water to leak through. This can create huge problems for your home. So, pay attention to the trees surrounding you. If the branches are close to your roof or siding, trim them down to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.
3. Avoid pressure washing your roof. Before you decide to pressure wash your roof, you should know that the damage it causes does not outweigh a clean looking roof. In the short-term your roof will look great, but in the long-term you will notice a build-up of moss, algae and mold. This is the result of the slow erosion caused by pressure washing. The intensity of the water jet can take the top layer of coating off any roofing material. This leaves the surface more susceptible to deterioration and water damage. If your roof is in need of a cleaning, it is best to call a roofing professional.
4. Stay proactive with mold and mildew removal. Being that they provide coverage for our homes, roofs are constantly exposed to the elements. Since are not able to avoid the variety of precipitation and heavy winds we experience throughout the year, mold and mildew growth is inevitable. If left unattended, mold can lead to moss which forms water pockets. To avoid this process, it is recommended you have regular inspections and/or maintenance done to clean up small spots of mold. This will increase the lifespan of your roof and preserve its structural and cosmetic nature.
5. Leave maintenance and repairs to the professionals. There are 2 main reasons we recommend you hire a roofing professional instead of fixing it yourself. The first reason is that we care about your safety. Unlike the professionals who have spent hours learning the safest and most effective way to fix and install roofs, you are not familiar with the proper practices and techniques. Not only is your roof a few stories above ground, you will be handling tools you do not use on a daily basis. If you are not careful, you could end up in a dangerous situation. That’s why it is best to leave it to the professionals.
The professionals are also going have a better knowledge of warranty and pricing information. They will know which materials are worth spending the extra money on and which ones provide the best bang for their buck. They will advise you through the whole roofing process and help you choose options that are best for you.
If you remember to do these 5 things regularly, you will prolong your roof’s lifespan and keep it in the best possible condition.
Let a JM Roofing representative help you resolve all your roofing needs, today! Contact us for a free consultation at 800-409-5709.