If you’ve lived in Middle Tennessee for any length of time, you know that storms are most active through early summer and then again in mid to late fall. But, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and hail can happen when you least expect it. Today, we take a quick look at how you can take roof inspection into your own hands by understanding the most common types of damage you will likely experience.
The vast majority of homeowners can spot visible damage, even without training. This includes missing or damaged shingles, drooping gutters, or dented/missing ridge caps. Significant damage from tree limbs and other falling or flying objects is also apparent. Roofing companies throughout Franklin typically encourage homeowners to call for a full inspection if any of these issues arise after a storm. However, homeowners should also be on the lookout for less obvious signs of damage, including:
- Granule erosion. Granules are the large sand-like particles that cover traditional asphalt shingles. They help to reflect UV radiation and add strength to the shingle. Over time, granules can become loose and erode off the shingle. Mineral deposits in the gutters and bald spots on individual shingles are signs of granule erosion.
- Pooling water. If your home or business has flat spots or a roof with a very slight incline, pooling water can cause damage in the form of mold, mildew, damaged shingles, and wood rot.
Once you have identified even minor damage, it’s time to schedule a professional roofing inspection. When looking for roofing companies, ask about availability, cost, and prior experience. You should also confirm that your technician will provide an interior and exterior evaluation. QE Roofing offers homeowners in the Franklin area a complimentary roofing assessment that includes:
- Structural components. Our inspectors look for signs of sagging as well as damage or degradation of the gutters, soffit, and fascia. They may also note issues relating to your chimney, which may require further inspection by a masonry contractor.
- Interior. Sometimes, damage is only visible once you get inside the house. If you have an attic, for example, you may not see minor leaks, rotting wood, or water stains until it’s too late. Most roofing companies will also alert you to any red flags pertaining to workmanship or materials.
Your roof is one of the last lines of defense between your family and the storm. Make sure it stays in top shape by performing a visual inspection any time there is heavy rain, strong winds, lightning, high winds, or tornado activity in your neighborhood.
QE Roofing is one of Franklin’s most trusted roofing companies and was voted the Best Roofing Company in Tennessee. With experience in all types of roofing systems, our family-owned and operated company has installed more than 4100 roofs since 2006. Need our roofing expertise? We service the following cities: Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nolensville, Spring Hill, Thompsons Station, Smyrna, Columbia, and more!