Common causes of roof damage:
Shingled roofs are no match for the high winds of tornadoes and hurricanes. Occidentally, minor storms carry wind gusts with sufficient force and direction to lift roof shingles or damage a roof with flying debris.
All roofing materials deteriorate over time with exposure to wind, rain, snow, and other natural occurrences and weather conditions. The amount of deterioration is dependent on the severity of the weather conditions.
Many roofs have minor defects or experience minor deterioration. The failure to detect and correct these conditions in their early stages can lead to more serious roof damage over time.
Improper Installation of Roofing Materials
The proper installation of roofing materials will minimize the occurrence of roof damage. Even the lowest grade of roofing materials will supply adequate protection against roof leaks, water penetration, and wind damage if applied properly.
Emergency Roof Repairs
If you need roof shingle repair or any other kind of roof damage repair, you should hire a licensed and insured roofing contractor or general contractor. If you have to perform temporary roof shingle repair before the professionals arrive be very careful. Serious injury can occur if someone falls off a roof or ladder.
Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Here are some things that you should keep in mind when selecting a roofing contractor:
- Define the specific scope of roof repairs to be done
Ask family, friends and your local roofing supply house for recommendations and references.
Get at least 3 written quotes.
Check with your state or the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
Make sure the contractor is licensed.
Make sure the contractor is insured for personal liability, property damage, and worker's compensation.
Have the roofing contractor acquire the required permits from the city building inspector.
Do not pay for the job up-front.
Withhold final payment until the job is complete and has been inspected and approved.
Get a written contract stipulating the total price of the job, the schedule of payments, scope of work to be done, what materials that will be used, and the time frame for completion
– If you pay by credit card, you may be able to dispute the payment if the job is unsatisfactory.