As a homeowner, one of the most nightmarish things both financially and logistically can be roof damage. Your roof is an expensive, and very crucial part of your home, insulating you, your loved ones, and your possessions from the ravages of the elements. On top of this, it has a direct impact on your home’s resale value, and of course, curb appeal.
Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable. Thunderstorms, snow, ice, hail, and wind can all do some serious damage to any type of roof. When this happens, this damage needs to be addressed right away, as it compromises the safety of your home, and often, damage can spread and grow worse the longer it’s left unattended.
When mother nature damages your roof, the first step should always be to call the best roofing contractor in your area. For Pennsylvania roofs, that’s inarguable JDT Construction.
Emergency Roofing Repair Services in PA
We pride ourselves in offering 24×7 availability to address emergency roof repair. Mother nature doesn’t keep a 9-5 schedule, so why should your roofing company? You can count on our skilled technicians to be on site immediately to assess the damage and get to work right away containing leaks and other immediate problems that can increase the damage. There’s no type of roof damage we haven’t seen, which means you can count on us to handle the problem guaranteed.
Typical Emergencies in Roofing
There are countless things that can damage a roof, in all reality. Fortunately, like with most things, there is a much smaller list of common types of roof damage and causes thereof, which you can expect to see in most climates. Flashing can degrade around chimneys, vents or other outlets. Gutters being less than clear can cause failures and leaks. Ice dams can build up in the valleys or gutters of your roof which can lead to structural compromises and leaks.
Sometimes, and this is common in older homes, the roof was just poorly maintained for some time, or simply never installed properly, to begin with, making it far more susceptible to damage.
Some of these problems are preventable by keeping your gutters clear and taking efforts to prevent ice dams from building up. However, random incidents like fallen tree limbs, severe wind damage or hail, are just out of your control completely.
Typical Roofing Emergency Causes
Below are some of the more common causes of roof damage, some of which can be prevented with proper maintenance and attentiveness:
- Fallen trees/limbs.
- Ice dams and other ice buildups in gutters or valleys.
- Flashing failures around chimneys, dormers and vent stacks.
- Improper installation of the roof.
- Negligence in regards to maintenance, allowing wear and tear from UV and weather exposure.
If You Need Emergency Roof Repair
The first thing to remember is to not panic. Don’t go up on the roof yourself – this is tremendously dangerous to you and the roof as well. Assess damage and its potential causes from the ground. If you can reach the damage from a ladder, cover it with plastic sheeting to prevent further invasion of the elements until professional help can arrive.
- Cover your interior near damaged areas with plastic sheeting or a tarp. This will prevent damage from leaks or further falling debris.
- Inspect the roof as best you can from the ground, noting where debris and damage appear to be. This information allows professionals to tackle the situation all the more quickly.
- Never, under any circumstances, go on the roof yourself. This could result in further damage to the roof, or worse, severe injuries!