Mar 24, 2020

How can I determine if I need a new roof?

So you think you need a new roof. Don't worry. This helpful guide will walk you through everything you need to know — and everything you need to do — to make your roof replacement go smoothly.

1. Call a contractor you can trust. After a storm, there may be a lot of contractors competing for your attention. Make sure you choose a contractor you can trust — such as an Owens Corning™ Platinum Preferred contractor — to assess your damage, provide an estimate and replace your roof using proven products.

2. Look for leaks and water spots in your attic and ceilings. Even though your roof may appear undamaged from the outside, wind and hail may have caused leaks that can lead to problems later. Check ceilings and light fixtures for signs of water and inspect your attic closely with a flashlight.

3. Inspect the area around your home. Check for fallen tree limbs, broken fences and damage to lawn furniture and exterior decorations. Look closely at flat surfaces such as patios and decks for signs of hail damage.

4. Check gutters, roofing accessories and windows. Though your shingles may appear undamaged, dents in gutters and roof vents may point to hidden roof damage. Also be sure to inspect windows for cracks, loose weatherstripping and torn screens.

5. Assess your roof for storm damage. Walk around the perimeter of your home and photograph or take note of any damage. Obvious signs of damage may include dented, torn, curled or missing shingles.

6. Call your homeowner's insurance company. Refer to your notes, report a claim with your insurance company and arrange for an inspection.

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