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Hurricane Season and your Roof

POSTED ON: 09/03/2019

 

Residents in South Louisiana are used to the chaos hurricane season can bring.  Between flooding waters, falling tree limbs, and high-speed winds, your home or business takes a beating even from the milder storms that come our way.  Protecting your home from further damage by getting your roof replaced or repaired after a storm is paramount.

Hurricane force winds can pull up shingles completely or cause the edges to curl up.  The curled edges or removed shingles mean the underside of your roof is exposed to the elements and moisture can seep in.  The combination of wind and rain means that as the wind shifts your shingles, rain finds its way in and can seep into the attic.  Falling tree limbs can puncture the roof if they are heavy enough, and crack or tear shingles.  Check your gutters for signs that grain particles are coming off your shingles and depositing in your gutters.  Wind can remove items from your roof such as your attic vents, satellite dishes, and antennas. Storms can damage a roof in subtle ways, but that subtle damage will create big problems inside. 

Your roof in Lafayette protects your residence or commercial building from the elements, and when your roof is damaged the interior is vulnerable.  After a storm, one of the most important things to do after settling back in will be to check your roof for damage and to place a tarp over damaged areas.  Before placing the tarp, make sure to document damage for your insurance company if you plan to file a claim.  An experienced roofing contractor in Lafayette will be able to determine whether your roof needs simple repairs or total replacement.  

 

 

 

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