After a big storm, it’s important to check on your roof
One of the worst things about roof leaks is that it isn’t always clear when you have one. Shingles flying off during a storm or roof leaks in heavy rain are good indications that something is a-miss, but it’s not always so obvious.
Taking the time to inspect your roof for damage after strong storms is a key step in extending your roof’s lifespan. If you fear that your roof took a big of a hit and suffered from a wind-driven rain roof leak, it’s likely time to call in the pros.
Signs of rain damage to your roof
One big storm can quickly cause serious damage to your home, including roof damage. However, it may be even more important to keep an eye on your roof if your region experiences frequent, small- or medium-sized storms. Over time, these minor storms can cause enough wear and tear on your roof that may not be easy to spot, but can have lasting effects on your home.
Whether your roof suffers damage from a big storm or several small ones over time, knowing what to look for after the rain clears can help you identify issues that, if left unaddressed, could cause serious structural damage to your whole home.
Missing and damaged shingles
One of the most common signs of wind-driven rain roof leaks, missing or damaged shingles are a sure sign that you need a roof replacement. Even one or two missing shingles can lead to serious problems down the road. During stormy weather, rain and moisture can work their way into your roof’s underlayment and cause wide-spread damage that exceeds the ability of repairs. If this damage goes unchecked, it can spread to the interior of your home, causing water damage to ceilings, walls and floors.
Leaks and stains
Leaks and stains occur when moisture infiltrates the interior of your home, making its way into your walls, ceilings and floors. More than a simple nuisance, leaks cause wood rot, leading to structural damage, and provides the ideal environment for dangerous mold growth, creating health hazards for you and your loved ones.
Checking for leaks behind gutters, in your attic and around lighting fixtures can help you determine if the source of the leak is your roof. Dark stains on ceilings and damp or dripping drywall are good signs that your sloped or flat roof leaks in heavy rain and needs to be replaced.
Mold and rot
Mold and rot are signs that your roof is in dire need of replacement. Damaged shingles allow water to enter your roof and pass through the underlayment into your home. After a big rainstorm, moisture can sit around for days, especially if your roof isn’t properly ventilated, leading to mold growth that can cause harm to you and your family.
Another potential consequence of a leaky roof is rot, which threatens the structural integrity of your home. As water sits on your roof decking and saturates the wood infrastructure of your home, it diminishes the strength and resilience of that material, making it susceptible to breaking, bending and warping.
It’s the things you don’t see that matter the most
Long Roofing holds SELECT ShingleMaster™ roof replacement accreditation, a distinction earned by only 1% of U.S. roofers for our dedication to providing customers with the highest quality products and following best installation practices to guarantee that your roof will last a lifetime.
As a provider of the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System®, all of our roof replacements include the following components to deliver a stronger, sturdier roof:
- The use of Winterguard waterproof underlayment.
- An additional layer of Roofer’s Select or Diamond Deck high-performance underlayment.
- An assigned starter shingle for each roofing shingle.
- The use of CertainTeed shingles.
- The installation of ridge vents; hip and ridge caps; drip edge; new metal flashing; and specified intake venting.
Peace of mind, no matter the weather
We take the quality and longevity of our products, systems and installations very seriously. “Long Roofing has made a commitment to offering our customers the highest level of peace of mind when it comes to replacing the roof on their home,” says John DePaola, CEO of Long Roofing.
Every roof we install comes with our SureStart PLUS five-star, transferable, 50-year warranty that includes the future cost of shingle and labor repair and non-prorated coverage throughout the protection period.
There’s a reason our customers keep coming back
With more than 75 years of experience installing quality products and providing top-notch service, Long Roofing is your number one choice for a durable, stylish, long-lasting roof replacement.
Trusted by families up and down the east coast, our 4.6-out-of-5-star rating based on over 5,000 reviews on GuildQuality earned us the coveted Guildmaster award and the loyalty and respect of our customers.
If your roof leaks in heavy rain, it’s time to call the pros at LONG. Visit us online to schedule your roof replacement today.