Weathering the Storm- Roof Safety Edition
For those of us dwelling in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, wind and storm damage can be real concerns when it comes to the safety of our homes. Even if a storm doesn’t produce a torrential downpour of rain or a harsh beating of hail, it is vital to know that wind alone can warrant a roof repair or replacement due to the damage caused. National Service meteorologist Walt Zaleski warns that “Every thunderstorm has a straight-line burst of wind – at 50 to 60 mph, you start seeing damage to homes- trees toppling, power lines coming down, debris blown from your neighbor’s house.” Most important of all is staying safe! If you experience ceiling tiles falling or indications that the roof may be caving in, evacuate the building immediately! After such a storm passes, it is important to know the steps you need to take in order to first assess the damage, and then take the actions necessary to fix the problem in the most effective and efficient way. Contact Chase Construction North West, INC today!
A Step by Step Guide to Ensuring your Roof is Safe after a Storm
There are some stark tell tale signs that you will likely need repairs or a full replacement. Violent storms can rip shingles off your roof and give it a beating with tree branches. After it has concluded, the following steps will assist you in gauging the damage caused. First, inspect your attic for any visible leaks or water damage. If water stains appear anywhere on your ceiling or walls, it is highly likely that at least a repair will be necessary. Chip Ward, president of AP Ward consulting, advises homeowners to establish priorities in this type of situation. He states that “anything that’s causing leaks is top priority and needs attention as soon as possible.” Even if you don’t see any current leak damage, you’ll still need to see whether any metal flashings have come loose as they create a risk for water getting into the building in the future. Next, inspect the ground for any remnants of the storm damage. Make sure to check for either missing shingles, pieces of metal fascia or any other pieces that may have become displaced in the storm. Along with this, assess the condition of any place where the roof meets the walls such as the exhaust pipes, valleys or outer edges and angles. In cases where a hailstorm has been endured, you will need to check for siding damage along with roof damage. This particular type of damage most commonly appears in the forms of dimples created by smaller chunks of hail that batter the outer layer of shingles. If the pitch of your roof isn’t too steep, walk the roof and listen for a crunching sound. This may be an indicator that the roof was in fact lifted by the storm and is settling back into place with each step. Lastly, you’ll want to check the roof drains and gutters to see if they have become clogged. These steps can highly assist you in assessing the storm damage but remember, if you notice anything suspicious, get Chase Construction North West, INC involved today!
How Chase Construction North West, Inc and Partners can Help!
Here at Chase Construction North West Inc, we have a full team of such experts ready to take the stress and worry off your shoulders. As a Master Elite Roofer, we have been given the highest rating possible in customer satisfaction and not only will we fix your current problems but also diminish the possibility of similar problems occurring in the future. Instead of the staples that a lot of companies use, we nail in each individual shingle to ensure a longer lifetime and stronger durability. We mostly work with the IKO and GAF manufacturers, both of whom highly equip all their products with superior safety features. The Timberline HD Lifetime High Definition Shingles have acquired a Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories in safety, the highest rating possible. The Dura Grip Adhesive “seals each single tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off.” The shingles are warranted to withstand winds up to 130mph– more than double the speed that initial damage starts on most other roofs. IKO also offers their Goldshield, ArmourGard or StormShield Ice & Water Protectors in order to “provide a second line of defense against water penetration due to ice dams or wind-driven rain, and the costly damage it can cause.” If you are in the Puget Sound region and want to know whether the condition of your roof is in a dangerous state, feel free to contact us today. We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950.