A Old Time Roofing

What Goes Into GAF Master Elite® Certification?

How to Use GAF’s IOU Method for Spotting Storm Damage

Storm damage isn’t always visible to the naked eye. In fact, it’s hidden damage, left unrepaired, that causes greater problems in the long run. In today’s post, GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor A Old Time Roofing shares a guide to inspecting your roof for storm damage, using GAF’s IOU Method.

“I” Is for Inside

Begin your inspection in the attic, if you have access to it. Ideally, you should inspect it during the day because one of the first things you need to look for is sunlight shining through the roof, which indicates holes and crevices where leaks can begin. Take a look at the roof decking and framing, paying attention to signs of moisture damage such as water stains or streaks, and sagging.

“O” Is for Outside

You can conduct your roof inspection safely from the ground, using a pair of binoculars. This is where you’ll spend the longest time, and therefore will have several things to keep an eye out for:

  • Missing shingles. Shingles that aren’t well-fastened or adhered to the roof tend to go missing after a storm.

  • Cracked or curled shingles. Shingles can get hit by airborne debris during a storm, resulting in cracks. High speed winds can tug at the shingle edges and cause curling.

  • Bent or detached flashing. High speed winds may also bend or remove flashing from the roof. Make it a point to inspect areas that are protected by flashing, including roof valleys and the base of chimneys and vent pipes.

  • Dark patches. The outer layer of granules protect the asphalt layer from damage caused by UV rays. As rainfall erodes the outer layer of granules, the asphalt becomes more visible, resulting in dark patches. You may also find large amounts of sediment in the gutters and runoff from the downspouts.

  • Debris. Airborne debris, which may include large branches, leaves and needles, may find their way to the roof. In addition to causing impact damage, they may cover other kinds of damage.

“U” Is for Up

If you are able to use a ladder safely, and weather conditions permitting, you can take a look at certain parts of the roof up close. Look for loose nails or nail heads raised above the shingle (they should be flush against the shingle surface), as they can indicate potentially loose shingles. Peek into the gutters and, if you can reach them, remove debris that may be contributing to clogging.

What Do You Do After?

Once you have ascertained the condition of your roof, make an appointment with your roofing repair contractor and your insurance provider. They will perform a more thorough inspection, after which the roofer will provide an estimate of the repair costs to your insurance provider’s representative. You’ll be informed when your claim is approved, the first check will be made out to your roofer, and repairs will begin. 

If you need a roofer that has experience working with insurance claims, give A Old Time Roofing a call at (727) 824-9996. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.