Recently a family in Virginia Beach called us to take a look at a roof leak. A leak had appeared on the ceiling of one of the living spaces and they were worried about it. So we checked the roof and noticed a very suspicious hole that looked … well, like a bullet hole! Our suspicions were confirmed when we found a bullet in the attic!
It’s hard to say just where that bullet came from, but let’s hope it was carelessly discharged during a New Year’s or Fourth of July celebration. Stray bullets occasionally fall on roofs, resulting in minor damage that necessitates repair with patching and a new shingle. In most cases, the bullet will penetrate the roof surface and move through the roof deck, leaving a hole that allows water to run into the building and cause a leak.
A Professional Inspection Can Catch All Kinds of Problems
There are two lessons we’d like to share from this experience. First, be careful where you point that gun! Second, this situation reinforces the importance of getting an annual roof inspection to catch potential problems. In addition to flying bullets, your roof is exposed to a wide range of weather extremes, from intense heat to high winds to hail and snow. A thorough inspection will catch all kinds of damage and other areas that need repair before the weather has a chance to make these problems worse, so your roof can continue to protect you and your most valuable asset – your home.
While a basic inspection can be done by a homeowner from the ground, getting up on the roof should be left to a professional. It’s best to arrange for an inspection before snow and leaves start falling, but rest assured the Virginia Beach, VA, roofing contractors at The Roofing & Remodeling Company can help with your repair needs year-round. Give us a call today at (757) 903-0050.