Storm Damage Repair
As your home’s first line of defense against the elements, your roof takes the brunt of the damage from storms and natural weathering. We experience all types of weather and storms here in Michigan, and sometimes the damage can be devastating. Other times, storms create long-lasting effects that are not visible to the naked eye or don’t show up until long after the storm occurred. The only way to discover all of the damage is to undergo an inspection by a professional roofing contractor. When you call on J&J Roofing to inspect your home after a storm, we will also install emergency tarps to prevent further damage, and can help you navigate the complicated insurance process.
Do you have roof damage from wind? Experiencing roof leaks in heavy rain? We at J&J Roofing have the knowledge and expertise to identify problem areas and restore your roof after any number of extreme weather events.
Winter can be harsh on a roof, especially in southeast Michigan, where the average annual snowfall can be up to 57 inches! Heavy loads of snow and ice can breech roof materials and cause subsequent leaks and water damage. Snow accumulation on your roof can also lead to ice dams—ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining.
It’s never a good idea to wait until spring to address winter roof damage. It’s also never a good idea to climb up on your roof and try to do your own snow removal. Every year there are reports of homeowners falling off of roofs and getting seriously hurt or even killed. Leave it to the professionals at J&J Roofing to remove snow and ice dams from your roof without damaging shingles.
Hail is one of the most common sources of damage for homeowners and can damage your roofing system in many ways. Hail damage to shingles may cause dents or soft spots that are difficult to see and may not even be visible to the naked eye. The impact of hail can knock off the hard granules that make up the top surface of the shingle, leaving the layers underneath exposed. The exposed areas are then vulnerable to precipitation and to the sun’s ultraviolet light, which can weaken the spots and make them brittle and very susceptible to leaks.
Experts agree: hail damage is a necessary and critical roofing repair. If you suspect you have hail damage, call J&J Roofing to have your roof professionally inspected.
Frequent heavy rainfall during the spring and summer months can have a negative impact on your roof, especially if your structure was poorly designed or improperly installed. Heavy rains can cause shingles to loosen or tear away, creating weak spots in the roof where water can sneak in. Once water has infiltrated your roof, that’s a problem, because water travels. It can spread and cause deterioration and leaks throughout your entire roofing system.
A roof that leaks is a nuisance in any type of weather, but it can quickly escalate to an emergency situation if your roof leaks in heavy rain. Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your home; it leads to mold and mildew growth, rotted framing, destroyed installation, and damaged walls and ceilings. Call the experts at J&J Roofing at the smallest sign of a leak, before it turns into a much larger—and more costly—problem.
Wind and Lightning Damage
Even a storm that produces no heavy rain or hail can cause roof damage. Strong winds can tear, curl, or remove shingles, creating stress points in your roof that weaken and compromise the entire structure over time. Flying debris can knock shingles loose, causing dents and soft spots. Lightning can blast off shingles and strike trees, which may then fall on your home and damage your roof.
How to handle roof damage from wind, lightning, or any kind of storm:
- Look for missing and damaged shingles on your roof and around your property. We recommend doing this from the ground unless you are very comfortable on a ladder. Do not climb up on to your roof directly after a storm; the roof structure may be weakened and shingles may be slippery.
- If you see any signs of damage, you may need to contact your insurance company. We understand the insurance process can be complicated. Before contacting your insurance company, call us for a free inspection. We will assess the situation, install emergency tarps to prevent further damage, and help determine whether you should file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.
- Get your roof fixed immediately. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will be. Roof repair/replacement is much cheaper when you don’t have to add the cost of repairing leaks and water damage. Contact J&J Roofing right away, and we’ll send one of our experienced professionals out to conduct an inspection and offer affordable solutions.
Beware of Storm Chasers
“Storm chasers” is a term reserved for out-of-town contractors who follow in the wake of severe weather incidents. Because they aim to exploit homeowners, storm chasers often use aggressive tactics to drum up business. Many will show up unannounced and try to manipulate homeowners by offering to pay their insurance deductibles. They know how the insurance companies work, and will figure out how much it will cost to put a new, cheap roof on your home. They then do shoddy roofing repairs that oftentimes fail within a couple years or less, because the chasers do the bare minimum to replace your roof without addressing any underlying problems that may exist. Afterwards, they will likely disappear so you can never hold them accountable when your roof fails. Some even just take your money and run without performing any of the work at all.
Don’t fall for fly-by-night “storm chasers.” After a damaging storm, choose an experienced roofing contractor you can trust: J&J Roofing. To learn more about our storm damage repair services, contact us today!