Weather events are unpredictable, so you should never underestimate the damage that a storm can cause your roofing. Generally, it is recommended to have roofers come to your home following a severe storm so that they can evaluate any damage that your roof may have suffered. But you also need to do some items on your own.
To help you, here are the ABCs of storm damage – or the three important steps that you should take in such a situation.
A – Assess Your Roofing
Make sure the storm has completely passed, and the sky is clear before taking a look at your roof. Be careful as you navigate your property; look out for debris, unstable roof surfaces and downed power lines. Only perform an inspection from the ground with the use of binoculars. It would be helpful to have a few details that you can tell your roofers when you call them. Do not attempt to climb onto your roof. Leave this job to the professionals.
B – Begin Temporary Fixes
You can perform some temporary fixes as you wait for roof repair contractors to reach your home. For example, you can place buckets under leaks and move any valuable items away from the leaks. If you have furniture that you can’t move by yourself, you can place plastic or trash bags over them to serve as protection.
C – Call Your Insurance Company and Roofing Contractor
In cases of severe roof damage, you must call your insurance company right away, especially if there has been a widespread storm damage in your area. However, take note that in emergency cases, it would make more sense to get in touch with your roofer first instead. Just make sure to document the roof damage and repairs done. You may need photos as well as other supporting documents when filing a claim.
Lankford Roofing & Construction LLC has been providing residential and commercial roofing services since 1937. We also carry out other home improvement jobs, including window replacement and gutter installation. Fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Denison and Sherman, TX.