It doesn’t matter what area of the plains you call home. From Albuquerque to Witchita Falls and Amarillo to Lubbock this is a wind-blown part of America. Wind can do real damage to your home, and Valdez Roofing has seen it all. We’ve all seen huge marquee signs blown over, trees completely uprooted, walls knocked over and much more.
The wind is no laughing matter around here and the damage it could to your property isn’t either. We’ve seen whole sections of a roof’s shingles missing, but don’t think you need to experience that before you make a claim with your insurance. The problem with a lot of wind damage is that it’s something that might not be easily detectable. Many times a common composite shingle could be bent back to crack the asphalt layer enough to leak once a bit of snow settles on it later in the year.
Hail can really destroy a roof, and it doesn’t take long to do serious damage either. Of all the problems your roof has to deal with, hail is probably the most destructive. Interestingly enough, hail damage is not always the easiest thing to spot. It takes training and practice to know when a roof’s been damaged enough to cause problems, so it’s always best to let a trained professional give their opinion. If minor problems aren’t addressed quickly, they could lead to major problems for your home.
To say weather is severe in this region is an understatement. While most people are familiar with hail damage, did you know that other types of storm damage are equally insured? Many times the other damage caused by weather is unreported or even unnoticed. Any time your home withstands a weather event, it’s a good idea to have a professional asses for damage. Small things can turn into very big things when the next season brings its unique weather to the High Plains region.
This is particularly true if you’ve had your roof for a long time or if things have been done in a subpar fashion. Ventilation, insulation, and air leaks are a big concern for your roof during the winter months. After a snowstorm, ice can create ice dams that block water from draining completely off your roof. When water sits on the roof for an extended period of time, there’s a strong likelihood that leaks will form. Those leaks are more likely to form if your roofs shingles have been compromised by sun, hail, or even damage from walking on the roof too much.
Another winter problem in these parts is associated with our common early and late season freezes. When trees haven’t shed their leaves yet in the late fall any amount of frost, snow, or ice can weigh the branches down to the point of breaking. We’ve seen many roofs damaged by fallen branches. Sometimes the homeowner will remove the branch from the roof without noticing some of the damage that’s been done. Vents can be collapsed, shingles can be compromised, and these can lead to big problems if not properly repaired.
Normally heavy rains don’t cause much damage to your roof, unless it’s damaged due to shoddy workmanship or shingle decomposition. Usually the storms in our area are accompanied by extremely heavy winds, meaning gravity isn’t the only thing deciding where water will go. If your roof’s shingles are old or have gravel missing in places, you’ll likely be seeing leaks form during some of our nasty spring storms.
There’s really no limit to what can be considered storm damage when talking about roofs in our region. In addition to the standard hailstorm, snow storm and windstorm damage, we also just have that unclassifiable storm storm damage. The weather is rough around here, and we’re often exposed to all kinds of unclassifiable damage. Valdez Roofing understands the position this sometimes puts a homeowner in who may have to explain to an out-of-town insurance representative what strange thing just happened.
Let us deal with your insurance company for all your different kinds of storm damage.