The winter storm caused issues for utilities and water pipes, but your roof may have also taken a hit
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The extreme winter weather posed many challenges for the Oklahomans, from burst pipes to power outages. However, as the temperature rises and the snow and ice melt, residents may notice another problem: leaks in their roof.
Unfortunately, there is now little that residents can do to find the damage before the leak begins.
“If you look up, you’ll definitely want to check for loose shingles if the shingles have fallen off,” said Jason Moon, owner of Tier 1 Contracting in Mustang.
Moon said there is one thing homeowners can do to make finding a leak easier: either clear the snow off the roof themselves or have a licensed professional do it. If not, he said it could build up in the valleys of your home and cause ice jam.
“There’s a sheet of ice under the snow that freezes and prevents the snow from melting,” said Moon. “If that snow doesn’t melt because of the ice jam, it’ll just sit up there, and all the weight of the snow and ice isn’t good for your decks, clapboards and things like that.”
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Another tip from Tier 1: check your attic.
“This is one of the things that many, many homeowners forget to look at because they don’t really think about the snow that comes down getting into your attic because your roof is protecting your home,” said Moon. “But with wind-blown snow and drifting snow, if you have a ridge vent, snow will come through your ridge vents and build up in your attic and build up snow.”
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Moon said do your research before hiring anyone to work on your roof.
“One of the most important things you want to know is that this contractor is locally owned and operated,” said Moon. “After storms like this, there are so many contractors who flock to the state or the city or the city from outside the city just to get the job and go. They never come back and speak to the owners. If there is a problem or a leak, they don’t keep their warranties. It’s just a really dangerous situation if you don’t do your due diligence and research into the company. “
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Some good advice for the future: Schedule at least one annual inspection of your roof.
“Annually, you get a free roof inspection from the right company that is a licensed company and they will be more willing to do it for you,” said Tyler Walden, HAAG Certified Inspector and Sales Director for Tier 1 Contracting. “Maybe a couple of times a year, even three times a year, just to make sure you’re safe because if you haven’t had one in a while, just because we haven’t had a hailstorm or something hit your house last year means not that it may not be affected and be affected when a snow storm or ice storm comes. “
Important Tier 1 Contracting Checklist for Hiring a Qualified Roofing Contractor:
- Are you locally owned and operated?
- Are you a licensed roofer?
- Do you have employee compensation insurance?
- Do you have general liability insurance?
- What is your company’s website?
- What is your accreditation for the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
- What is the leak-free working guarantee on my new roof?
- How will you protect my driveway and the rest of my belongings during this project?
- Who will monitor the ongoing project on site?
- Can you give me references?
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