Exposing A Couple Of Myths About Roof Damage

Issues with your home's roof can be extremely stressful problems to have to address because they can be extremely expensive and disruptive to have repaired. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this type of work without causing major structural damage to your house. For those that have only recently become homeowners, these issues can be particularly confusing, which may lead them to believe the following couple of myths about roof damage. 

Myth: A Shingle Must Be Missing To Require Repairing 

It is common for new homeowners to assume that a shingle will need to be completely removed or visibly out of place to require repairs. While this is certainly a major indication that substantial damage has occurred, it is possible for your shingles to suffer a variety of issues that may not be easy for you to see. For example, it is possible for a shingle to be slightly raised, which will allow rainwater to seep under it. 

Due to the fact that shingle damage can be subtle, you should have your roof professionally inspected following any major storms. These inspections will allow minor damages to be discovered and repaired before they are able to become major concerns for your roof. 

Myth: A Builder's Warranty Will Always Cover Storm-Related Roof Damage

Paying for roof repairs is never a fun task, but many new homeowners may be in for a surprise if they assume their builder's warranty covers storm-related roof damage. While it can be frustrating having a newly built home's roof damaged during a storm, it is unlikely to be covered by these policies unless the damage was worsened by structural defects in the roof. Typically, these policies will only cover issues stemming from construction defects. 

In some cases, problems with the roof may only become apparent following a major storm, and you may think this will be difficult to prove. However, your insurance adjuster will be able to determine whether the damage was caused by the storm or construction. If it is determined the construction of the roof was to blame, you can submit the official report from your insurance company to your contractor as proof of structural problems with the roof. 

Roofing issues are a common problem that you will have to address at some point over the time you own your home. By understanding that shingle damage may not be visible and the limitations of your builder's warranty, you will be better able to address these issues when they arise at your home. 

For professional roofing services, contact a company such as Davis & Winslow Roofing.

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