ROSEMONT, Illinois – In the aftermath of the damage caused by recent tornadoes and hailstorms, the National Roofing Contractors Association is encouraging homeowners to check their rooftops for damage and missing shingles caused by excessively strong winds.

Roofs are designed to resist typical hail and wind loads in their locations but often cannot withstand the most extreme conditions. Strong winds and hail can incrementally damage a roof system.

NRCA strongly urges that homeowners and business owners do not attempt repairs on their own. Damage assessment of a roof system and subsequent repairs should be done by a professional roofing contractor.

NRCA also warns those affected by recent severe storms to be aware of unprofessional contractors who may approach them about performing roof system repairs. If it is necessary to hire a roofing contractor, homeowners and business owners should keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is only one criterion for selecting a professional roofing contractor; professionalism and quality workmanship also must be considered. Potential contractors should be thoroughly evaluated before a deposit is made or any re-roofing work begins.

For tips about locating an NRCA professional contractor and how to address wind and hail damage, homeowners and business owners should visit NRCA’s consumer website, www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

NRCA uses WeatherGuidance StormIntelligence for near real-time weather data. For free weather data, homeowners and business owners should visit http://www.weatherguidance.com/hailintel_verify_home.html.

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