It’s your first line of defense. If covers and protects the foundation and bones of your house. It covers and protects your treasures within. And most importantly, it covers and protects your family.
Your ROOF. It needs to be right!
So, how often should this protector of all have a really good inspection?
And if you roof hasn’t been inspected in a while, the best time is now. Winter snow and ice is only a few months away, but Virginia is in the height of Atlantic hurricane season. Even the 95 mph winds of a CAT 1 hurricane can damage your roof and cause costly water damage to your home. In recent years, Virginia witnessed the deluge of rain with Hurricane Matthew, the powerful wind destruction of Irma, and slow churning flood damage from Florence.
This really good inspection might be one you leave to the pros. There are telltale signs that anyone can see, just not always from the ground. Experts at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) knows the 4 warning signs a roof needs repair or replacement. If you suspect damage from a sudden weather event, such a hail or high wind storm, check these lickety-split:
- Loose, worn, broken or missing shingles
- Noticeable gaps or missing seals
- Ridge vents that are not attached well
- Signs of water staining, especially around the chimney, vents or pipes
Now, lean in. We're about to let you in on a little secret only the experts know.
If your roof is old or beyond repair and it comes time to replace it, there are a few super smart and low cost ways to bring in a huge extra layer of protection.
And the average roofing contractor most likely will not do these things unless you ask for it. IBHS has a specific handful of ways to make roofs go the extra mile. These include things like re-nailing and sealing for an added layer of protection. We agree 100% because we’ve seen what the destructive duo, wind and water can do.
Watch this great video from our friends at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS):
This is a big ticket item. So, start with a reputable licensed and insured roofing contractor and avoid scammers. Take the time to actually check their references (please and thank you). Then, share how you want to fortify your roof with the contractor. Share these great resources from IBHS and be crystal clear about your expectations.
Once you're done, what great peace of mind for the winter, not to mention hurricane season!