Roof Repairs: Spotting Hidden Damage

By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - Over the past few months we've seen a lot of severe weather. It's creating new business for roofers. They say it's some of the worst damage they've seen in years. Now these roofing companies are warning people about hidden damage. Large hail, heavy rain, and strong winds this season are keeping area roofers busy. "It's funny, when it hails everybody's a roofer, everybody's got a ladder in the back of their truck."Ryan Siefken has been climbing ladders and scaling roofs for years but he said the damage he's seen this year is unbelievable. He said grapefruit size hail smashed through windows of a house pelting the walls and kitchen cabinets. Another home he visited was badly damaged after hail destroyed the siding and roof."Some have leaks, a lot of people don't know if they have damage. You know, I've talked to a lot of people and they said 'I don't think we have damage.' Until you get up there and you know what you're looking for a contractor would have to let you know if you have damage."He said that's something he's seeing more of lately; hidden damage that most homeowners don't realize is there. "You might not see a leak for 5 years. You might never see a leak and that doesn't mean that your roof doesn't have damage."And he said it's what you don't see that ends up costing you more than you thought possible. "It'd leak on the inside and get your insulation wet. It'd leak down on the inside of your wall and create mold, then you've got health issues but you might not see that for a long time."A hazard Siefken says isn't worth the risk. He said if you have roofing concerns, call a contractor *before contacting your insurance company. He said it shouldn't cost you anything for a contractor to come out the first time; most roofing companies do a free inspection."Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.