Disaster has struck. You’ve had your roof badly damaged in a storm and you need to do something about it. But where to begin and what’s involved? The first thing to know is that time really is of the essence. Any damage, no matter how bad it may or may not look, must be addressed ASAP. Even a small crack or tiny hole will rapidly worsen into a massive nightmare if not addressed right away.
Two things are likely to happen (usually both at the same time) if you don’t get on to repairing even minor problems immediately. First, the moisture that makes its way into your roof space can cause structural rust. Second, this moisture can create damp patches in places like the insulation, the timber, and other ceiling areas thus causing even more damage in the form of things like warped drywall, discolored paint, and the often unseen problems that come with the guaranteed mold and mildew that will develop.
Mold is not only unsightly and stinky, it’s dangerous for you and your family members to breathe in. Mold will likely aggravate allergy symptoms in most people leading to some very sneezy noses.
However, toxic molds produce mycotoxins. Some scientific studies suggest that these mycotoxins may cause neurological problems and in extreme cases, even death. The jury is still out as to the exact risk posed by mycotoxins, but at any rate this should be reason enough to attend to any damage, and organize a licensed repairer to inspect and fix any issues as soon as possible.
The roof repairer will not only address the obvious issues that may be present, but will be able to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof space to ensure there’s no other areas that need to be addressed, and will ensure there are no areas of damp that will lead to further problems down the line.
Choosing a professional licensed roofer with a good track record is also something to remember. You don’t want someone who isn’t going to do a thorough inspection, or someone who isn’t experienced with your type of roof.
More often than not, the person you hire to do the job will be qualified and will be able to address all of your concerns. However, there are some unscrupulous individuals who seize the opportunities presented when disaster strikes and will make unsolicited house calls to negotiate a contract.
It’s always good to give people the benefit of the doubt, but should you ever have someone show up to your front door offering to do work on your house (of any kind), kindly explain to them that you are not willing to enter into any agreements, that they should leave their paperwork, their credentials and their contact information for you to get back in touch. Should you ever find yourself in this position, do not sign any documents or agree to any work. Don’t even let them undertake an inspection. Lastly, if anything seems fishy, use your intuition and look elsewhere for a licensed contractor. Whilst this person may very well be legitimate, it’s always worth playing it safe and following up to see if they are licensed, insured, and have strong references to back up their claims.
Finally, when it comes to things that are as important as the roof you live under, don’t chose the cheapest option. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s not to say that a cheap contractor isn’t a good contractor. But if all you have to go off is a cheap price and their word, it’s best to find a more reputable roofer who has a proven track record for delivering good results time after time.
If you have been ravaged by a bad storm, give us a shout, and we can help find you a good roofer!