Storm Damage Repairs
Contact Best Contracting for storm damage repairs to your roof, siding, or gutters as well! You may or may not be able to see the damage from ground level and they know what to look for and how to maximize your benefit. Let our trained specialist inspect your home for damage and work with your insurance company. They will take the hassle and worry out of the insurance claim process.
Listed below are a few of the more common problems we encounter during roof inspections
Leaks can develop on any roof for many reasons. Any protrusions through a roof, air vents or skylights are all areas where we see leaks. Flashings on walls and chimneys are also common areas. Leaks travel and may appear in an area far from the source of the leak. If you think your roof has developed a leak and need professional roofing Chester County PA company, Best Contracting, can come inspect the area.
Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof. Melting snow on the upper roof and in the valleys then runs down toward the eaves as water. When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it re-freezes. The continual thaw and re-freeze process creates ice dams. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles or behind fascia boards where it can soak through the roof decking or walls sheathing, causing damage to attics, ceilings and walls.
It is important to have ventilation in the attic so any heat lost from the interior of the home is drawn up and out of the attic. Adequate attic ventilation will help the roof deck stay cool. Another benefit of having your attic ventilated is that it allows for moisture that rises into the attic from things such as bathing, cooking and the laundry to escape. Unchecked moisture can promote mold, mildew, and wood rot.
How Hail Damages a Roof?
Hail is dangerous to your home’s roof because it decreases the roof’s life expectancy. Damage to the asphalt roof occurs when the protective granular surface of the asphalt shingle loosens and falls off. With the granules removed the shingle loses some of its protection, shortening the life span of the roof and making it more susceptible to additional damage.
Roofs that sustain hail damage do not always need to be removed immediately. If left undressed with time the damaged shingles could potentially allow water seepage into the roof.
How to Identify Hail Damage?
Like most of the country, asphalt shingles are the primary roofing material used on roofs. Below are some common signs your roof has been damaged by a hail storm:
- Dents or bruising on the roof’s asphalt shingle
- Granules are missing from the shingle (roofing shingle has ‘bald spots’)
- Affected roofing shingles feel softer to the touch
- Granules are present in the gutters or at the base of downspouts
- Metal air vents, gutters and siding are damaged and dented
What is the best time of year to have my roof replaced?
Any time is a good time. Roofing materials are safe to install year round, weather permitting.