Experts encourage all roofs get detailed inspections after Ida
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Ida’s winds have left a lot of obvious roof damage in the region, but experts say homeowners should look closely to ensure hidden damage won’t be a problem in the future.
In most of Southeast Louisiana, bright blue stands out against the horizon. Ian Giammanco is a Louisiana native and research meteorologist at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The organization tests building materials and works to improve guidelines to help resist natural hazards. Giammanco said: “Essentially stop that cycle of damage and kind of disruption of displacements. We are seeing severe weather year after year.”
While much of Ida’s wind damage is obvious and often catastrophic, some homeowners may be given conflicting information about how to deal with seemingly minor roof problems. “Ida has caused an enormous amount of damage to the roofing, especially asphalt shingles. That is the typical roof covering,” says Giammanco. “Where you can see the underlayment and even down to the plywood roof deck, those will definitely need to be replaced,” he said.
Experts say that even if your roof looks good, after wind like Ida, it’s not inappropriate to get a professional inspection.
Giammanco said: “Essentially the glue seal, the glue seal really bonds very well new, but as it ages and experiences all the heat and rain. Even if they just get cloudy and the temperature goes up and down and up and down they lose their ability to hold on to each other.
Giammanco recommends that at least one roofer be inspected. He said: “If we have a hurricane event. Have someone come look at it. Chances are you know that many roofers do this for free. Adjusters can also help set that up.”
At the very least, he suggests homeowners take a good look at their rafters: “Asphalt belts have certain wind speeds, but unfortunately, time and again in hurricanes, those ratings themselves don’t mean much. We continue to see these types of wind-driven failures, especially in the longer duration wind events. ”
He said the sealant breaks down over time and in about 5 years it will be much easier for shingles to flip in high winds that let water in and lead to worse problems, so now is the time to investigate.
A reinforced roofing standard requires a more robust seal on parts of the roof, as well as stronger nailing standards.
Some insurance companies may offer discounts or incentives for upgrading while you rebuild.
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