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As a property owner or business owner you are no doubt familiar with repairs and maintenance projects. Your building’s roof is one of its most important parts and regular care and upkeep are needed to keep your business and possessions safe. Your roof is vulnerable to the elements such as heavy rainstorms, hail, and wind. This all can cause damage that requires the professional care that a San Antonio Roofing Company can provide. Here are five signs your roof is damaged and you should consult a professional roofer.
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1. Bumps or Dings
Hail damage leaves signs that are easy to identify with a close inspection with or without a roofer. A heavy hailstorm leaves small divots in your home’s shingles, metal components such as your gutter system, and the roof surface. Hail damage is often circular and can range in size depending on the size or type of hail that struck your roof.
A bad storm can easily cause a tear in your roof allowing water to leak in. A leak is one of the most common ways property owners discover there is an issue and call a roofer. Leaking damage can vary depending on where and how your roof is damaged. However, you may not see dripping water but instead see the resulting damage. Water damage can include discolored ceilings or walls, damage to surfaces, rot, and soft spots on floors.
3. Missing Shingles
Some storm damage is visible and missing shingles are a clear sign a violent windstorm has come through the area. Some property owners can see the damage from outside if the shingles were pulled off of a more visible part of the roof. In some cases, though the damage may not be visible without climbing on the roof and doing an inspection. Since a modern roof can be quite steep (with high pitches and slopping) you should always leave such inspections to a professional roofer for your own safety.
4. Shingles in Your Yard
Property insurance agents will tell you they receive a great deal of claim calls that start with someone finding shingles outside around their property. When a storm breaks or dislodges a shingle (or several) they often end up near the building. While the first assumption may be fewer singles equal less damage this is not always true. Depending on the wind speed you may only find one shingle while the overall damage was far more severe. Even if you only find pieces of a single shingle you should call a roofing professional as soon as possible.
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5. A Roofer Knocks on Your Door
Most property owners only find out they have roof damage when a roofer knocks on their door. This is because after large storms roofers doing repair work in a neighborhood will often inform unaware property owners that their roof needs attention. While storms can miss you and only damage surrounding properties you have no real way of knowing if that was the case until you have a professional check your roof for any signs of damage.
Never Ignore Damage
If you’re having roofing issues you should not ignore the signs that work is needed. Prolonged roof damage such as leaks or the framework being vulnerable can lead to long-term damage such as mold or rot. Being exposed to the elements leads to more expensive repairs, reduces your property’s value, and can make your property unsafe long term.
The roofing industry is a competitive one filled with many highly skilled and respected companies looking for your business. If you notice any signs of damage to your roof call a roofer as soon as possible. Many will do an inspection to give you an idea of repairs that may be needed and most are more than willing to work with your insurance company, in fact, they may do so already.
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