Spring Storms & Storm Chasers

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St. Louis area business and home owner’s roofing begins to take its toll this time of year.  The Midwest is prone to tumultuous year-round weather, including tornadoes, high winds, hail and high volume rains.  Not surprisingly, each storm weakens the integrity of your roof.  Sometimes the interior signs take time to appear, so make it a habit to do a minor self-inspection of your commercial or residential roof after each storm.

There are some obvious signs of damage:

  • Ponding water
  • Missing shingles, slate or tile
  • Damage to or cracked sealant along parapet walls
  • Missing cap covers on chimneys or venting systems
  • Flashing that is not flush with the roof’s surface
  • Damage to soffits
  • Missing doors or side panels on HVAC units
  • Clogged roof drains and gutters
  • Uplifted roof systems no longer fully attached
  • Loose membrane

While some storm damage to a roof is as obvious as a broken bone, other roof ailments can be as innocuous as a bruise.  Taylor Roofing believes to maintain the long-term integrity of your roof, inspections are recommended in the Spring and the Fall.  You don’t let your kids miss their annual check-up, and you are certain to change the oil in your car on a regular basis, so give your roof the same attention to ensure its longevity and to prevent small problems from becoming large expensive problems.

Caution: Storm Chasers

In the wake of a storm, a flurry of “storm chasers” step into action, willing to work on roof or home repairs.  Often these roofing crews present unbeatable bids that are quite appealing.  However, the low bids come with an increased risk to you.

Because these crews are often unlicensed, uninsured, and not bonded, they can leave a job incomplete or not deliver quality work without many repercussions.  Further, if someone is hurt while working on your roof, the onus of payment for medical attention will fall onto your homeowner’s insurance, or worse, the worker could sue.