The typical “tornado season” in Indiana is usually between the months of March and June. Let’s all hope that this year will be tornado-free, but just in case, let’s also take the necessary measures to ensure our roofing systems are fully prepared for the potential of violent storms and unexpected twisters.
Continue reading to learn more about protecting and preparing your roof for tornadoes, and who to call for trusted roofing services at an affordable price.
Tornado season doesn’t just imply the possibility of twisters. This time of year, tornado activity can also bring about heavy, violent storms, strong winds, golf-ball sized hail, and airborne debris. All of these occurrences can be highly damaging to your roof system, as well as your siding. And if these seasonal side effects do take place, your home’s exterior can be under constant attack for several weeks at a time.
Although there are not many things you can do to protect your roof from a direct hit by a tornado, you can take certain preventative measures to ensure your roofing system can withstand the harsh inclement weather that can occur as a result of a nearby twister.
Start With a Seasonal Roof Inspection
Contact a local Indianapolis roofing company to request a full-property roof inspection. Be sure to choose a company that is licensed, bonded, insured, and retains extensive experience in the home construction and building industry. It is also a bonus to choose a company that is philanthropically involved in the local community. However, the most important credentials to look for in a roofing company is licensing, insurance, and experience. You can also check out past projects and read client testimonials for a better understanding of how they do business.
During your roof inspection, a professional contractor will follow strict checklist to evaluate the current quality of your roof. Through their inspection process, they should be able to locate minor and major vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your roofing system. A professional roofing contractor has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to accurately identify areas that require some repair or maintenance in order to prevent larger, more costly repairs in the future. They may suggest replacing your existing roof shingles with a hail-resistant product. Otherwise, they will ensure your current shingle system is secured and ready to withstand harsh winds and similar inclement weather conditions.
It is not recommended to contact your insurance adjuster to implement a roof inspection. Although this is an option, and can even help get the claims process underway ahead of time, it is not necessary unless you are sure you have major roof damages and repair needs. It is best to first have your home inspected by a professional roofer to determine if you are in need of a major roof repair that will require you to make a home owners’ insurance claim. Furthermore, if you do require a major roof repair, your roofing contractor can help you with the claims process if their company provides insurance claim work (which they usually do).