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Question DetailsAsked on 10/10/2016

is it ok to get your roof done a day or two before hurricanne force winds in fla.

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Course this response is too late in the case of hurricane Matthew, and I hope you escaped damage, but here is a reply for the record anyway:


Why do it just before a likely major storm event - you would be not only asking for potential damage to a brand new roof, but also (assuming asphalt composition shingles) the asphaltic "tabbing strips" will not have had time to bond, so the tabs will lift and peel back a lot easier, making the roof a lot less resistant to wind damage.


Also, from a purely economic standpoint, if the roof does getd damaged in the storm - if new roof insurance might pay part ofthe repair cost, minus deductible - so you lose at least the deductible. If old roof is damaged, insurance will pay for part or all the replacement of the roof and (at least for the area they pay for) you pay only the deductible, so insurance ends up paying some or perhaps most of the cost of the new roof.


Also - if old roof gets damaged, sounds like it is due to be replaced anyway. But if new roof gets damaged, you will likely have at least a nominal (and possibly substantially more than nominal) appearance mismatch between the repair and the rest of the roof - so why risk it.


One other major reason to not risk it - what happens if they get the roof stripped off and then fail (for whatever reason - crooked contractor, too many job on his hands, mandatory evacuation order is issued, etc) to get it reroofed before the storm - your storm interior water damage risk would go way up.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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