What To Do When Disaster Strikes
Flooding, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hailstorms, windstorms, hurricanes, and cyclones, oh my! Mother Nature always seems to have something up her sleeves when it comes to the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex, an area where we seem to brunt some of the most severe weather in the country! Your roof is on the front line of all this inclement weather, and it is important to monitor the condition of your roof after these storms pass through. In this article, we are going to look at some ways that you can prepare your home for these disastrous weather conditions, and what to do following the storm.
Most common in Dallas is our infamous visiting thunderstorms. These can range from pesky nuisances to devastating. Typically thunderstorms bring about wind, thunder and lightning with them. While some thunderstorms may bring about light drizzling rain, other storms may have powerful wind-driven rain that cause widespread damage to your home and community.
A thunderstorm that brings about gusting winds can cause overhanging tree branches and limbs to fall and crash into your home or roof. Falling tree branches can penetrate directly through your roof’s shingles & wood decking. This is an emergency repair, and it is important to call a professional roofer immediately.
To prevent this type of damage, you should inspect your overhanging landscaping and shrubbery for any trees that could pose as a hazard to your home during a powerful storm event. You will want to remove them, as well as avoiding the chance of them igniting from a lightning strike and igniting your home as well. Ensure your home has surge protection. You may even want to consider a metal roof as metal roofs offer fire resistance!
In Texas, we are not immune to flooding events. When you hear a massive rainstorm is on the way, it is important to clear your lowest levels from any valuables or expensive belongings that you don’t want to get wet. You should also have all plugs and appliances removed that could be a threat for causing electrocution if they become wet from the flooding. As far as your roof goes, your roof is designed to shed water away from your home. However, if you have any leaks on your roof, or wind-driven rain, water could begin to seep into your home. You’ll want to check for any leak spots to ensure that you are not at risk for leaks – as water leaks can result in water damage to your interior and even provide a breeding ground for mold growth (particularly in your attic and insulation).
In Dallas, we have seen some of the largest hail storms in this country! If you want to see what grapefruit hail looks like, than moving to Dallas is one way to find out! Hail can come in numerous sizes, as small as peas and marble, up to grapefruit size hail. While grapefruit hail is completely devastating to anything in its path, it does not necessarily take 3″ hail in order to damage your car, roof, siding, gutters, or windows! Prolonged exposure to 1″ hail or 1.5-inch hail can do the trick.
Prolonged hail storms can crash into your windows, damaging the screens. They can dent the soft metal in your A/C and gutters, and metal roof. Hail damage is most at risk of damaging your asphalt shingles because it can knock the granules off of your shingles, causing premature break-down of your roof through exposure to the sun. Your shingles have granules to protect the fiberglass from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Direct exposure to the sun will cause your aging shingles to breakdown from becoming brittle or curling. These granules can also get into your gutters, causing a blockage in your gutter and downspouts! Lastly, hail damage can cause roof leaks and roof failure if not repaired. Most homeowner’s insurance cover Acts of God to your roof, particularly hail damage.
Hurricanes & Tornadoes
Both hurricanes and tornadoes can bring about extreme high-gusting winds with them. Strong winds and flooding can cause extreme interior water damage and roof damage. Gusting winds can lift shingles right off of your home. This directly exposes your home to the elements. Wind-driven rain can seep into any cracks and crevices on your roof, allowing water a direct channel into your home.
After a hurricane or tornado passes through, you’ll want to inspect your home’s exterior to see if any damage was suffered. This includes looking for any signs of missing or broken shingles from the gusting winds. Not all storm damage from tornadoes are visible, as the winds may have lifted your roof’s shingles and broken the seals (allowing for water to leak in), without causing visible damage as blatantly as hail stones cause.
When disaster strikes, turn to a Dallas roofing contractor that you can trust who specializes in storm damage restoration. When you home is impacted by a hail storm, or flooding or gusting winds, you want to know that you’re in good hands with someone who knows the process inside and out, and can quickly restore your home. Suffering any type of storm damage can be stressful, and we completely understand that. We are sensitive and understanding of your situation, and work to help you restore your home in a timely and efficient manner, all at a competitive and reasonable pricing.
In many cases, insurance will cover the costs of roof replacement and other exterior repairs from Mother Nature, however our pricing is always affordable, and we prioritize our customer service. We take pride that a majority of our work comes from happy customers referring us to others, and our glowing online reviews from homeowners and building owners across the DFW area! For more information, visit our website www.dallastxroofingpros.com