When Nashville derecho roof damage occurs, it should be assessed by a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible.
During the summer here in Nashville, the weather can take a turn for the worse quickly. Especially during June, July, and August, otherwise known as derecho season. Derechos are long-lived windstorms that are associated with fast-moving severe thunderstorms. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “a storm is classified as a derecho if wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles and has wind gusts of at least 58 mph or greater along most of the length of the storm’s path.”
Damage from the high winds of a derecho is very similar to that from a hurricane; however, unlike hurricanes, derechos are much harder to predict. After a derecho occurs, it is crucial to survey the potential roof damage and immediately address any issues. Here is what every Nashville homeowner needs to know about derecho roof damage.
Derecho Roof Damage Documentation
Take pictures of both exterior and interior damage as soon as possible after the storm. Be sure to note the date the damage occurred and the date you took the photo. Remember to be as safe as possible when assessing your roof. It’s best to complete your inspection from the group and seek the help of a professional to inspect your roof up close.
Signs of Derecho Roof Damage
A derecho’s high winds have the power to blow pieces of roof away and propel debris into homes. The most common signs of derecho roof damage include missing shingles, cracked or broken shingles, and loose granules. Dents, while sometimes less visible, are also signs of damage. Inspect your gutters, chimney, ventilation areas, and flashing as damage to these areas can also compromise the integrity of your roof.
Derecho Roof Damage Insurance Claims
Most homeowners ‘ insurance policies cover roof damage (and most structural property damage as well) from weather-related events, such as derechos. Depending on your situation, your coverage can help pay for repairs or a replacement. Review your policy and speak directly with your insurance agent about what your policy covers. If you suspect derecho roof damage, immediately contact your insurance provider to file a claim.
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
After contacting your insurance provider, you should quickly reach out to a reputable roof contractor, like E2 Roofing Nashville, to inspect your roof damage. While time is of the essence (if you wait too long, the derecho roof damage could worsen), you still want to ensure you are choosing a professional to handle your roof damage. Check out our tips on how to select a Nashville roofing contractor.
Beware of Scams
Unfortunately, after disasters occur, many con artists prey on those seeking help. Scammers often pose as contractors, insurance adjusters, and government/law enforcement officials. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. You should always verify the credentials of whomever you are speaking with and their organization, and be wary of anyone requesting substantial payment upfront.
After May 2020’s derecho, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance compiled a helpful list of tips to help residents avoid scams.
E2 Roofing Nashville is Here to Help
As local, professional roof installers, E2 Roofing Nashville knows how to handle weather-related roof damage. Our team of professionals is available to inspect your roof damage and quickly provide you with repair or replacement options. Contact us today to see how we bring you calm after a storm.