Hurricanes and Roofing: The Aftermath
2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. This has also held true to hurricane season. By the time of this writing, there have been 23 hurricanes/tropical storms this season. It’s a 5 storm increase from last year, and we even ran out of names!
But this also meant that roofs have been at risk more than ever before. A hurricane damaged roof left uninspected or unrepaired can result in thousands of dollars in home damage, and your homeowners insurance may not cover it if you waited too long to claim the damage. We always say get your roof fully inspected every 10 years. However, if your roof has been through tropical storms, hurricane force winds, heavy rain, or all of the above, give us a call today for a free inspection.
The roofing industry welcomes in a new workforce
The roofing industry has been suffering from a lack of available talent over the last few years. When schools have taught roofing, it’s been a small topic that’s talked about for 30-45 minutes TOTAL. The Roofing Alliance, however, has been looking to change that. They’ve partnered with Clemson University to teach a full fledged, 3 credit, college roofing course to learn about roofing. With more and more states requiring 4 year degrees in construction along with roofing and foreman experience to get a license, this is a great starting point for men and women to learn how to do roofing the right way at a young age.
1. Some of the oldest roofing materials in the world are thatch, clay, and stone. Thatch was likely used between 5000 and 1800 B.C. Clay tiles can be traced all the way back to around 10,000 BC! Thatched roofs are effective because the reed used is naturally waterproof, and is bundled so tightly that it simply sheds water. A thatched roof can shed water, sleet, and snow.
2. Metal roofing materials are often lighter in weight than wood shingles. Despite the contrary. Metal roofs are not more prone to lightning strikes than other roofs. Lightning is equally drawn to other materials, not just metals. In fact, metal roofs can protect your home from lightning because they are noncombustible.
3. Even though asphalt shingles are a newer product (invented circa 1900), they are by far the most popular roofing product in America. 75% of the homes in North America have asphalt shingles.
4. Water tends to travels before it drips down visibly. Interesting, a leak can come out twenty feet away from the original leak in a roof. Most people don’t give much thought to their roofs. The roof is one of the most important parts of your home because it protects you from the weather and helps complete your home’s style.
5. The most common weak spots on your roof are areas that need protection from flashing. However, damaged shingles or damage in the waterproofing material which lays underneath the shingles are also common causes of roof leaks. A leak may not mean you need to replace your entire roof. However, if the leak has persisted lasted long enough without management, there is likely dry rot involved – or the roof is very old – it may be time to get it replaced.
If your roof needs servicing, don’t hesitate. Our team of experienced, trustworthy professionals at ProChoice Solar and Construction is at your service! We offer complimentary estimates, and financing is available. Call us today at 407-454-6146!