When a roof collapses, the homeowners are often caught by surprise and have to scramble to react and stop secondary damage from happening. But there are signs of roof damage that observant homeowners may notice before any serious issues take place.
The most obvious sign that your roof is ready for replacement or repair is a leak. But there are earlier signs you can spot that may tip you off to the fact that a new roof is needed before a leak actually occurs. By paying attention to a few telltale items, you can be on top of any issues with your roof as they occur.
Damage to the shingles on the roof can be a sign of future damages to come. There are quite a few reasons that shingles may start curling up or falling off the roof’s surface. Most of these reasons have to do with the age of the shingles and the roof as a whole. Roof shingles are only expected to last around 20 to 25 years, depending on the material they are made from and the climate and weather around your home. If you spot missing shingles, pay attention to whether or not they are all in the same area. If they are, this can mean big problems during the next heavy rainstorm.
When put under extra stress or wear, the shingles can deteriorate to small pieces or granules. These granules can fall into your gutters and block the drainage of your downspouts and gutters. If you clean your gutters and see these portions of your roof shingles in with the other debris, it may be time to look for larger signs of damage to the roof.
In many cases, a visual inspection of the roof will tell you that something is wrong. However, many homeowners don’t have the time to get up on the roof and walk around. A simpler way to detect damage is to inspect from the other side of the roof. If you have an attic, inspect the ceiling to see if there are any parts that allow light or wind pass through. These sections of the roof may be soon to collapse and should be investigated by a roofing professional.
Whether or not insurance will cover the costs of repairing your roof depends on a few factors. Being able to prove the damage was caused by a covered peril is one of the ways to help ensure that your claim will be covered. If you aren’t sure how to get your insurance claim approved, a public adjuster can help. Public insurance adjusters have the experience and knowledge of the inner workings of an insurance company and can anticipate the issues that may cause your claim to be denied.
To get in touch with reputable, experienced adjusters who can assist you with filing a claim for your roof damages, contact Five Star Claims Adjusting today.