New England seems to be getting a few “pop up” storms this season and a winter storm can cause varying amounts of damage to your shingle roof. Even a roof that has not previously given you any problems can fall victim to the vagaries of the weather in New Hampshire and Maine. Hail, rain, wind and tree damage are some of the most common problems.
If you notice any issues with your roof after the storm as passed, there are a couple of things you should do immediately. First, you should survey the outside of the roof and take note of any visible damage. Next, check your attic for any noticeable leaking. If you cannot safely survey the roof on your own, call an experienced roofer for an inspection.
For obvious problems, such as a hole in your roof, or shingles that have been blown off, a tarp can help minimize further damage. It is important to secure the tarp in such a way that it does not blow off. This can be accomplished by placing 2×4’s along the edges of the tarp. You would then nail the tarp to the roof (since this area of the roof is damaged already, nail holes shouldn’t be a problem!).
Once you have these these temporary measures in place, a call to your insurance company is in order. After inspection, they will let you know if repair or replacement is the best option. Either way, you will want to find a reputable roofing company. Established consumer organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and/or consumer review websites (Angie’s List, etc.) can be of valuable assistance in your search.
If your only option is to replace your roof, you should give serious consideration to installing a metal roof. Metal roofs will hold up against the fiercest winter weather in a way that asphalt never could! You may still have to shovel your walk, plow your driveway and scrape off your car but you can rest easy knowing your roof is protecting your home!