Rain, wind, hail and other weather events can cause significant damage to your roof. After your roof sustains storm damage, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your roof will be properly repaired and that your insurance claim will be approved. Preparing in advance can make the process of dealing with your roofer and insurance company much smoother, reducing your stress.
Read on to discover the ABCs of dealing with storm damage on roofs.
A: Assess the Roof’s Condition
Once the bad weather has cleared, get in touch with your roofing company and have your roof inspected. It’s important to entrust this task to an experienced professional rather than doing it yourself. Not only is climbing up onto a potentially damaged roof dangerous, but you also might overlook signs of damage that only a professional would know how to spot. However, you can still check your roof’s condition from the ground. Using binoculars, look for missing shingles and areas where the surface of the roof is exposed.
B: Begin Temporary Fixes
Minimize damage to the rest of your home by conducting temporary fixes, if it’s safe to do so. This will protect your property from further damage caused by leaking water and falling debris. Place buckets or garbage can under leaks and remove important belongings from the affected area. To protect your furnishings and floorings, place trash bags or tarps over them.
C: Contact Your Insurer and/or Roofer
Always be careful when hiring a roofing contractor in situations like this. Storm chasers tend to take advantage of homeowners who need immediate help. One way you can ensure your roof is in good hands is by hiring a local, certified and experienced roofing company.
For high-quality roof replacement and repair services, turn to South Shore Roofing, Inc. Contact us if your roof has been severely damaged by a storm and needs an emergency repair. Give us a call at (781) 826-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.