Homeowners in Jacksonville, FL are aware of the potential large storms that come with the Atlantic hurricane season — June 1, 2016-November 30, 2016. This year, experts are predicting an average to an above-average number of hurricanes. August starts the peak period for these high-powered storms.
However, hurricanes are not the only storms that can cause damaging winds, hail and torrential rain. Frequent Florida afternoon thunderstorms can be accompanied by high winds and sometimes even hail, like the weather Northeast Florida experienced on July 12, 2016 when severe storms swept the area downing trees and power lines and causing damage to homes.
Although roofing materials are manufactured to hold up to high-speed winds, even well-built roofs are susceptible to damage due to the sustained high capacity winds caused by hurricane or tornado winds, as well as, hail, debris and winds found in common thunderstorms.
If you do notice any damage, it’s critical that you make sure you document the damage right away as many insurance companies only allow a short window to make a claim after a storm.
Sometimes homeowners don’t notice the wind damage that has occurred to their roof. It’s hard for untrained eyes to recognize how much wind damage a roof sustained during a storm, missing things like small holes or deteriorating membranes or flashing. When roof damage goes unnoticed, chances are future storms will continue hurting the roof’s performance.
After a large wind storm, first, and most important, is safety. It’s recommended that homeowners not climb on the roof as it may be slippery or structurally unsound. Instead, look for dislodged, split, or cracked shingles, and damaged gutters or windows using a good pair of binoculars or from another vantage point. Avoid having to climb a ladder if at all possible. Work with your insurance company and contact a knowledgeable local GAF Elite certified roofing contractor, such as Reliant Roofing, to analyze your roof’s condition.
Do not hire a national storm chaser. National storm chasers will hire subcontractors to complete the work on your home. Most likely, the national storm chaser will have insurance, but it’s not as clear as to whether the subcontractors are insured as well. It’s nearly impossible to verify that everyone on the job is insured which could put homeowners in a bad situation if something goes wrong.
Another reason not to hire a national storm chaser roofer is that even though they may offer a warranty, the chances are they will not be around to honor it when the time comes. When storm damage work runs out, these companies leave town and no one is left to take care of the warranty work.
Be cautious with roofing companies that offer to waive your deductible as a bonus for signing up with their company. Waiving an insurance deductible is illegal, a felony. The contractor and the homeowner can be severely penalized if the state authorities or the insurance company representatives find out.
Finally, beware of door-knocking companies offering to handle your insurance claim directly. You must be a licensed public adjuster to handle an insurance claim for a homeowner. Contractors often ride in the gray area on this, and it can end up haunting the homeowner if the insurance company takes action.
These door-knocking roof companies have bad reputations with insurance companies as the insurance companies view them as adversaries and sometimes shady. Some door-knocking roof contractors will make false claims which creates more work for the insurance companies. Insurance companies also become suspicious because they know that the door-knocking roofers have already been on the site and could create fake roof damage.
Reliant Roofing works closely with insurance companies and only work with homeowners who have legitimate claims. We hire a licensed public adjuster to represent the homeowner and to work with the insurance company. The only money the homeowner is responsible for is their insurance deductible.
When a storm happens, Reliant Roofing is your trusted roofing company. Many Jacksonville homeowners know Reliant Roofing is who to call when their roof’s are damaged by storms of any kind.
Here are the top three things to look for regarding your roof after a storm:
1. Loose or missing shingles – High winds can dislodge shingles of the roof. Missing shingles are the common cause of leaks and other interior damage. When deciding on your shingle selection, compare the wind coverage ranking. Ask the experts at Reliant Roofing to recommend the top wind coverage shingles.
2. Cracked or damaged shingles caused by debris – Tree branches, hail, and other falling debris are usually the culprits after a heavy storm. Check out your attic for holes or leaks, as well as, examine the ceiling throughout the house, paying special attention to around lights or previously damaged areas. If any water stains are seen on your ceiling or walls, it’s most likely that you need repairs or a roof replacement.
If in doubt to the extent of debris affects, call Reliant Roofing to inspect the condition of your roof.
3. Compromised Shingles – Remember that it’s crucial for your home to have protection from future storms. Don’t procrastinate on fixing damaged areas or replacing old roofs, and be sure to use a local GAF Elite certified roofing contractor; if you don’t, it could cost you more in the long run.
It’s a good idea for homeowners to have their roof checked by professionals after any major storm. If you suspect that your home experienced some roof damage, please contact the experts at Reliant Roofing.
Reliant Roofing is a GAF Elite certified roofing contractor specializing in residential roofing. With years of experience proudly serving the Jacksonville community, our friendly team of professionals will provide you with the best quality finished product in new roof installations, roofing repairs, replacements, general cleaning, and maintenance.
Contact Reliant Roofing at 904-657-0880. Let’s make sure your roof is healthy and ready to protect you during the next storm.
Note: If you suspect that your roof may be extremely compromised, vacate your home, and call us immediately. Your safety and comfort are our primary concern.