When a storm strikes your area, you have to be prepared for any potential damage it may cause your home, particularly your roof. Storm damage can be due to hail, hurricane-force winds, standing water and debris can cause significant damage to even a well-maintained roof. That’s why it’s important to have your roof checked as soon as a storm passes.
Residential Concerns, one of the area’s top roofing contractors, shares a few important things that you should do if your roof experiences storm damage.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Call a trusted roofer and have them assess the damage. Typically, they’ll check the following areas to better understand the type of damage your roof may have sustained during the storm.
Shingles – Look for torn, dented, curled or missing shingles. Make sure to document any visible signs of damage. Notes and pictures can help later on for insurance purposes.
Gutters and Vents – Check for dents on your gutters and other roofing accessories like vents and overhangs.
Windows – Inspect your windows for broken glass, cracks, torn screens and loose weatherstripping.
Attic and Ceilings – Keep an eye out for leaks and water spots. Your roof may seem okay on the outside, but wind and hail may cause unnoticeable leaks, which could potentially lead to bigger problems later on.
Outside Areas – Observe your home’s exterior and look for missing fence posts, damaged lawn furniture, fallen tree limbs and so on. Patios and decks should also be checked for storm damage.
Based on their findings, your contractor can evaluate whether you’ll need roof replacement or repairs.
File an Insurance Claim
File an insurance claim after the assessment of your roof. It’s crucial to involve your insurance provider right away so that you can have your claim processed based on their requirements. Take note that the company may send its own assessor or inspector to conduct an evaluation of the storm damage.
Residential Concerns is a family-owned and -operated company that offers a range of services including roof repair, replacement and maintenance. We have been in business for over 15 years, so you can rest assured that your project will be handled professionally. Call us at (770) 304-1311 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.