Roof Repair: Recovering from Natural Disasters

roof repairMother Nature can be tough on all types of structures. When a home or building is in the path of a snowstorm, hurricane or other force of nature, the damage and devastation can be shocking, and can often take the property owner by complete surprise.

Depending upon the type of weather event involved, and the amount of advance warning property owners in the area receive, there may be some steps they can take to prepare and try to protect their property from the impending storm. But even the best preparations can only do so much. Even a well-fortified structure will often still suffer damage to some extent during a severe storm.

In severe weather, the roof is generally one of the most vulnerable parts of a structure. This is where significant damage can occur, particularly if the roof was old, damaged or otherwise compromised before the storm occurred.

The National Roofing Contractors Association offers a number of resources and tips to help educate property owners about how best to protect their properties, both before and after a weather event may occur.

In their guides for coping with natural disasters, the NRCA offers tips for property owners who experience roof damage caused by a storm. After taking any necessary urgent precautions to ensure the area is safe and doesn’t pose any sort of dire safety hazard, the first important step is to enlist the help of a qualified professional contractor. As the NRCA information notes, one unfortunate side effect of a natural disaster is that it often provides the perfect opportunity for unscrupulous contractors to try and take advantage of anxious property owners. By carefully selecting a contractor with a good track record in the area, the property owner can be assured that the work will be done correctly and in a reasonable amount of time.

The best strategy to address the roof problems after a natural disaster will depend to a great extent on the amount of damage that has occurred. In many cases, it is possible to simply repair specific areas that suffered damage. This may help the property owner avoid the expenses and inconvenience that a complete roof teardown and replacement would involve.

Spray foam roofing is often a great choice in this situation. It can frequently be applied on top of an existing roof system, which allows the work to be completed more quickly and easily. Obviously, there are a number of factors that will determine whether partial repairs will suffice or if a total replacement is needed, and that decision is usually one that only a knowledgeable professional can make—which is again a good reason why a qualified contractor is such a valuable resource in this situation.

Of course, the best way to deal with storm-related damage is to do everything possible to prevent it from happening in the first place. Taking pro-active steps to strengthen your property and help protect it from the elements can make a big difference in reducing or preventing damage during a storm. While nothing can make a property completely invincible to weather damage, there are a few steps that can be very effective in greatly reducing the odds that a property will suffer major loss.

Replacing or reinforcing an existing roof with spray foam roofing materials can make a big difference in the strength and integrity of that part of the structure. Spray foam establishes a strong, seamless protective layer on top of the roof surface that can offer considerable protection against wind and water damage. This can also prevent leaks and other problems that can happen even during less severe weather situations.

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