A homeowner can hear rain beating on the rooftop during a storm. The sound of the wind in the trees cannot be ignored. Still, no sound highlights the extent to which the winds are pummeling the roofing system. For that reason, smart homeowners take the time to check for damage, once the winds die down.

Questions that need to be answered:

Is any insulation showing? The exposure of a bit of insulation indicates that some section of the roof has been damaged. That damage has allowed exposure of the insulation.

Was any debris found on the roof? If so, what was it? Discovery of glass indicates that the glass’ sharp surface may have scraped across the rooftop’s surface. Discovery of tree branches indicates that any tree near the inspected roof should be trimmed.

Was any debris found in the gutters or downspouts? Such debris needs to be removed from those particular spots. If water collects in the gutters or downspouts, it might penetrate into the home’s attic or foundation. Any homeowner should recognize the possible pattern in a repeating nightmare.

Is the chimney leaning? A leaning chimney serves as a representation of the wind’s intensity.

Are there any missing shingles? Are there any stains on the soffit or fascia?

Are there any moisture marks within the home? The appearance of such marks indicates the existence of leaking. Any signs of a leak should spur immediate action on the part of the homeowner.

What sorts of actions could a homeowner take, after spotting any of the tell-tale signs of a problem, one that was caused by the wind?

The homeowner should contact the agent that sold the home’s insurance policy. That agent should know whether or not the homeowner can file a claim for wind-caused damage to the rooftop. If the agent’s guidance indicates that the filing of a claim would not result in a denial of coverage, then the homeowner’s next task relates to the hiring of a reliable contractor. In order to accomplish that task, it is necessary to visit the websites for all the local contractors. Read what other clients have said in the testimonials that are posted on a given Roof Replacement website in San Mateo.

If the homeowner’s policy does not cover wind-caused damage to the roof, then it becomes necessary to study the roof’s warranty. What are the time limits on that document? Does the homeowner have the right to seek repairs from the company that has promised to fix all defects, or to keep the roofing system watertight?

If the answer is “yes,” then the company that issued the warranty ought to be contacted. It should arrange for the arrival of a contractor, one familiar with roofing systems.