In the aftermath of the damage caused by severe weather in the Midwestern states, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is encouraging homeowners to check their rooftops for damage that strong winds and hail cause.
Roofs are designed to resist typical wind loads in their locations, but no roof system can withstand the most extreme winds. Strong winds can incrementally damage a roof system.
Hail damage to a roof system may result in granule loss in asphalt shingles, material removal at the edges of shingles and penetration of a roof system.
NRCA strongly urges that homeowners and business owners do not attempt repairs on their own. Damage assessment of a roof system and subsequent repairs should be done by a professional roofing contractor.
NRCA also warns those effected by Thursday’s storms to be aware of unprofessional contractors who may approach them about performing roof system repairs. If it is necessary to hire a roofing contractor, homeowners and business owners should keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is only one criterion for selecting a professional roofing contractor; professionalism and quality workmanship also must be considered. Potential contractors should be thoroughly evaluated before a deposit is made or any reroofing work begins.
To locate an NRCA professional contractor, homeowners and business owners can visit NRCA’s consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.