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St Louis Roofing: Article About Shingle Blow Off

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Many regions are prone to high winds throughout the year, challenging shingled rooftops with periodic stress. Shingles can take considerable wind speeds because they're held down by four to six nails along each section. However, shingle blow off can occur during any storm, revealing the roof deck below. St Louis roofing professionals must repair this damaged area quickly to avoid possible structural instability across the entire roof.

Most blow off situations occur because of failed fasteners. Roofing nails hold shingles down, but they can pull out when winds are extremely strong. The roof deck below could be damaged, for instance, creating a poor base for nail stability. Although some shingle blow off situations are caused by extreme weather, such as tornadoes, most damage occurs as decks and nails wear down over time.

The moment blow off damage occurs, homeowners should try to minimize interior damage. Residents can lay a tarp down in the attic, for example, to curb any leaks into the home and use buckets where active leaks reside. Residents should not go outside during a storm to survey the damage but should simply concentrate on interior protection while contacting a contractor. The exterior cannot be examined thoroughly until after the weather event anyway.

Homeowners may hear a leaking roof but find it difficult to visually confirm the location.

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It's best to try to find the leak's originating location inside the home. This location doesn't automatically translate to a roofing area, however. Interior clues help contractors find leaks on the roof that might be several feet away. Leaks could be from several problem areas draining into one rooftop crevice, for instance. Professionals must survey the property inside and out to truly verify all leak locations.

It's important to note that roofers may need to pull extra shingles off the structure to fix the blow off area. Even if surrounding shingles are in good shape, they might mask a moisture problem just below them. New materials are necessary to fix the damaged area, but homeowners could have insurance to cover the costs. Wind damage is usually part of a standard homeowner policy, giving contractors a chance to fix the roof properly with claim funds.

Homeowners should follow all steps roofers provide during an emergency appointment call to reduce more damage. Homeowners might be tempted to venture to the rooftop surface, but this area should only be accessed by professionals. Damaged and slick roofs are treacherous areas that must be surveyed by contractors to ensure safety for everyone on the property.

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