Taking Action: Roof Inspections After the Storm

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -We've seen the aftermath of the most recent wake of storms: trees uprooted, power lines down and houses damaged. Some of the most common destruction: roof damage.

But there's also signs you can't see unless you're looking for them. There are steps you can take to prevent leaks and cracks in your roof after the storm.

Adam Brooks is a roofing contractor with 1 Source Roofing,  serving the Tennessee valley. Since the storms hit Monday, about a dozen calls came in reporting roof damage. That doesn't seem like a lot, but Brooks says we're in the aftershock phase.

"It's pretty simple work for any professional contractor," Brooks says about the damage he's seen, mostly in Athens and Hazel Green.

As a professional, he says there are signs that you don't see though: hail damage.

"Hail damage actually makes an indention in your shingle and so really you've actually got to get on the roof, have a professional get on the roof, to actually see the hail damage."

Brooks says that damage leaves your shingles exposed to the elements, such as sun and rain, and that can get pretty costly if you don't catch it right away.

He says, "you need to start looking for that now because overtime, if you wait too long, your shingle will start decomposing. You'll start getting leaks and things of that nature."

Most roofing companies will come inspect your roof for free, especially in times like these.

The Better Business Bureau has a list of accredited roofing companies. If you ever have a complaint about a business, remember you can call the WHNT News 19 BBB Consumer Action Line. The number is (256) 850-0719.

1 Comment

  • Lawrence Crushing

    They are absolutely right – hail will destroy a roof. Many homeowners do not think much of it because usually after a strong hailstorm you do not see direct damage. Its the next heavy rain that you start seeing leaks forming. That’s because the outter layer of the shingle is only meant to provide protection from the sun and some of the water. When the outter layer is damage, water is able to enter spaces between the shingles and the underlayment and the underlayment and the roof sheething. If damage goes on long enough then cold/hot temperature swings will cause the new spaces (where water is entering the home) to grow in size and exacerbate the entire problem. Be sure to only use accredit roofing companies that have an outstanding reputation with the BBB and is local to your area.

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