Canada is not anew to the occurrence of storms. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that since 1850, the country has been hit by around 240 hurricanes. This means that the country experiences at least one or two hurricanes per year.
If your hometown has ever been hit by a storm, you probably know that it can cause significant damage to your home, especially your roof. Often, the roof is what suffers the most when a storm hits.
In this blog, we’ll discuss some steps you can take if a storm has destroyed your roof:
Evaluate the damage
Before you go about taking necessary measures to repair your damaged roof, examine the damage on it first. It’s important to act quickly and make a careful inspection before the damage worsens.
Check the roof and see if any tabs or shingles are missing that may have occurred due to wind damage. Moreover, search for cracks in roof shingles where you notice the shingles have curled up. Notice if any granules are missing from the shingles as well and whether they have loosened. A thorough examination is essential before repair.
Installing new shingles
If your roof shingles are severely damaged and need to be reinstalled, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Ensure that the nails are safely embedded into the felt and sheathing. This is vital because strong sunlight can gradually enlarge the shingles, making its nails pop out and causing possible leakage.
Start layering the shingles from the bottom and then make your way to the top. Note that if the top set of shingles overlap the bottom ones, they’ll add an extra protective element to your roof.
Repairing and replacing damaged roof parts
A strong storm can cause the corners of your asphalt shingles to curl up. If you notice this happening, simply glue down the curled areas using a roofing sealant or cement. You can buy this from any hardware store. If your shingle is cracked, simply apply a thick layer of roofing sealant under the formation of the crack. However, it’s best that you leave this to the professionals.
For metal roofs, check for broken seams and consider replacing the damaged vents. Heavy storms can greatly dent metal roofs and lead to hairline cracks in their finish, causing future water leakage. Water is the ultimate enemy to metal shingles and can lead to significant rusting that can affect your home’s visual appeal as well as your roof’s integrity.
Keeping these facts in mind, it may be more viable to invest in asphalt shingles as it’s easier to repair. Metal roofs are susceptible to rusting, and not replacing them would damage your home’s physical appearance along with being a strain on your pocket!
Himalaya Group Corp. is located in London, Ontario and they offer quality residential roofing services. Their services also extend to the commercial sphere, and their efficient customer service team can guide you through your roof repair process. Make use of their state-of-the-art products and get a free quote now! Call at 519-266-2651.