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What To Do If You Discover Roof Damage


Roof

As a homeowner, you likely know that repairs are part of the equation. Broken appliances, leaky windows, and HVAC system maintenance are all things you must attend to in order to keep your home in good condition.


One aspect of home maintenance that few homeowners think about regularly is the roof. Your roof is an essential piece of the home puzzle, and one that must be inspected and repaired regularly in order to prevent lasting damage to the exterior and interior of your home. While some aspects of disrepair are only detectable to a trained eye, others can be spotted from the ground, such as missing tiles, shingles, or cracked flashings. What can you do if you discover roof damage? Whether its wear and tear or recent storm activity and high winds, you’ll need to act promptly in order to protect your most valuable asset---your home. Take these steps to address roof damage immediately.


What to do if you see roof damage

It can be tempting to panic if you see those first drips of water pooling on your living room ceiling. Keep a clear head and take action to ensure that you get the problem fixed promptly:

  1. See if you can locate the exterior weakness. If water has managed to make it inside your home, it indicates that it has found its way in from the outside. A torn shingle, missing tile, or leaky flashing is most likely the result. Take a walk around the exterior of your home to see if you can locate the entry point, then call your roofing professional for a more thorough examination of the area and recommendations for repair.

  2. Do what you can to minimize damage. The minute you notice water in the interior of your home, do your part to minimize any damage. Place a large bucket or basin underneath the leak, and cover any furniture that might be nearby. Move electronics and other valuables away from the water source to eliminate potential damage, and monitor for signs that the situation is worsening. Call your roofing contractor immediately for help in stopping the leak.

  3. If possible, fashion a DIY fix until help arrives. Putting a tarp down over the affected area is a short-term fix that you might consider until you know exactly what you are dealing with. If you don’t feel comfortable with the unique dangers that go with climbing onto your roof, call Len’s Roofing and let the professionals handle the situation.

  4. Look for debris on the ground. If a storm has recently wreaked havoc on your roof, there are likely to be telltale signs on the ground around your home. Loose tiles and shingles, roofing nails, and downed tree branches are all indicators that you may have damage to contend with. Let your contractor know what you discover, and he may be able to put the pieces together more efficiently as he tackles your repair.

  5. Call in a trusted professional. In most cases, fixing a substantial leak yourself is not safe or realistic; you’ll need the eye and expertise of a trained professional to ensure that the job gets done right.


Len’s Roofing: Your Trusted Professional

Len’s Roofing professionals are industry leaders in every sense of the word. Quality work, innovative roofing practices, and a commitment to customer satisfaction make them some of the most highly sought-after individuals in the business. If you desire peace of mind and the confidence that comes with a secure and efficient roof, let us address your repair and replacement needs. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation; visit https://www.lensroofing.com/ for more information or call us at 941-896-7897.