This post originally appeared on the Green Building Advisor website. www.greenbuildingadvisor.com
In 2013, a thunderstorm with high winds took a large section of shingles off the roof of the home I owned at the time leaving the roof deck exposed to the heavy rainfall that followed. For more than a half hour I stood by helplessly watching rainwater enter the home, soaking the attic insulation and dripping down through every light fixture in the affected areas. Fortunately, the shingles and a couple pieces of siding were all that were affected by the winds, the public forest behind the home was not so lucky, thousands of trees were uprooted. The clean-up and repair along with dealing with the insurance company took weeks, but eventually the home was made whole again.