DFW storm damage inspection & repair: why it's important
The basic purpose of a storm damage inspection is to closely examine the home (and especially the roof) to determine how much storm damage is present. Also, in regard to storm-damaged roofs, the inspection will determine whether it would be valuable to replace the entire roof or better just to
repair a specific area (or if the roof is in excellent condition).
Sometimes, a few quick and small storm damage repairs will be sufficient. However, we often recommend a lot more. Of course, if a huge tree has crashed through in to your bedroom or living room, then the storm damage repairs will be very extensive, as in rebuilding a large fraction of your home (or commercial building).
Usually we see much smaller amounts of storm damage in Texas. Typically, there is no interior water damage from roof leak in to your attic or ceilings. (If so, we will help with a restoration of the water-damaged parts of your home.)
As long as we know that there is no water damage and risk of mold growth, then we would only be recommending repair or replacement of exterior surfaces of your home in Texas, such as the roof and siding. Fortunately, after storm damage to your roof, a full replacement of the roof will often be paid for by your property insurance policy. Then you can have a new roof (almost for free- after covering your deductible). We can also inform you about the latest breakthroughs in the durability of newly-engineered roofing materials.
On the other extreme, if our storm damage inspection determines that the storm damage to your roof in Texas was isolated and minor, then a few small roof repairs can result in the entire roof lasting several more years (without the need for major repairs or replacement) Plus, timely repairs will prevent the development of leaks that would have led to the need for water damage restoration and even mold remediation services. (To learn more about the details of the process, click here: what happens when we will inspect your roof?).
How important is the roof to everything under it?
Further, keep in mind that the roof itself is not the only issue. Your roof is your first layer of defense against hail
, and extreme temperatures. Everything under the roof is protected by the roof, right?
So, how important to you is what is under the roof? That is how important the roof is to you! Think of it like this: if a tree fell in to your roof, would you prefer for the roof to completely collapse or to simply get a big dent?
Basically, if there is even a small, slow roof leak
, then that can lead to water damage, the rotting of wood, and contamination by mold. Further, if there is ever a major leak from the roof, then naturally the interior of the building will flood, leading to the urgent need for extensive damage restoration and remodeling services.
Why does my insurance company want the roof to be inspected so often?
In the event that potential major repairs can be prevented by a small, quick repair, your insurance company may be very eager to solve a big water damage problem by preventing the damage from ever starting. That is why many repairs to your roof in Texas will be covered by your homeowner's insurance (whether or not the manufacturer's warranty on the roofing will help pay for the repair of your roof).
So, the roof inspection will be useful to assess which repairs are likely to be covered for free (either with absolutely no cost to the homeowner or after they cover the annual deductible amount for their home owner's insurance). To read our full article focusing on how often you should have your specific type of roof inspected, click here:
How often should I have a roof inspection at my home in Texas?
What if the inspection shows there is no urgent need for roof repairs?
What a relief, right? In some cases, the contractor inspecting the roof will determine that there are no priority repairs needed. In that case, an assessment can be made about when to plan the next routine
(assuming that there is no
to the roof prior to that time). Also, for roofs that have regular maintenance requirements, such as a new layer of coating, then a roof inspection that does not find any urgent repair needs can at least provide a more precise estimate of when to schedule the next routine maintenance activities.