Extreme weather can wreak massive damage on a roof, depending on the type of storm and of course the roof’s integrity.
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part article, we examined four different types of extreme weather, and how they can impact roofs and your roofing business. Today in Part 3, our roofing attorneys in Georgia will focus on long-term weather damage and how you can help customers identify a roof that needs your company’s services. Part 4 will conclude the series and offer some tips on avoiding post-storm OSHA citations.
The Value of Routine Checks
As a roofing professional, you already know the value of routinely checking your roof. The old saying that “a stitch in time saves nine” certainly holds true for roofing, as maintenance can prevent major damage and costly repairs or replacements. Let your customers know that you can conduct routine checks to protect their roof, home, and resources.
Signs of Wear and Aging
If a customer’s roof is over 15 years old, they should definitely have it inspected. As you know, waiting for a leak to occur is never the most efficient, proactive, or economical path. Even if the roof hasn’t faced much extreme weather, the less severe damage from age, sun, and precipitation still adds up over time.
Lifted and Buckled Shingles
Lifting and buckling of shingles can happen slowly, and your customers might not even notice the gradual shifts over time. Let them know that if their shingles are jammed together and starting to buckle upwards, their roof needs some work. Roofing nails popping up are also telltale signs.
Trapped moisture or excess roofing cement can cause pimple-like blistering on asphalt shingles, usually on a wide area of the roof. Though blisters do not cause leaks, they typically indicate a larger problem. Typically poor attic ventilation is to blame.
If weathering and wear is the problem, you can help your customer. But if legal issues are the problem, then we can help you.
Roofing professionals spend their days keeping others safe and dry, but the construction industry can come with its share of complications. If you are in need of an OSHA defense lawyer, have found yourself in a contractor-subcontractor dispute, or have any other legal concern, we will represent you with tenacity and over 100 collective years of experience.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.