Quick Tips for Dealing With a Storm-Damaged Roof
Roofs are by design capable of withstanding various weather events. However, you should also keep in mind that they are not completely resistant to the elements, especially during extreme weather. Apart from the severity of a storm, there are also other factors that could affect a roof’s health and performance during such circumstances. That’s why it is always advisable to check your roof after every storm.
Inspect Your Roofing
Before checking or climbing onto your roof, make sure that it’s safe to go outside and that the storm has already passed. Remember that your safety should always be your priority. As much as possible, hire a professional for roof inspections. During your post-storm inspection, among the first things that you should check are the roof shingles. Look for granule buildup as well as dents.
Pay attention to the flashings, too. Leaks commonly occur at the edges of the roof and along skylights, chimneys and vents. Ensure that the sealant around roof penetrations are still intact. Lastly, look for signs of water damage in the attic and ceiling. These could potentially mean roof leaks. If you notice any of these after a storm, call a roofing company immediately.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Don’t forget to contact your insurer as well. Let your adjuster know about what happened to your roof so that you can file a claim. Follow these guidelines so you can get started with the roof repair or replacement process:
Take detailed notes and many photos of the damaged spots on your roof. Ensure proper documentation so that you have enough proof to back up your claim.
Make sure to file your claim as soon as possible. Most insurance companies have a time limit for filing claims, typically within one year since the damage occurred. Check your policy to be certain.
Reach out to roofing contractors, and get as many as three to four quotes. These estimates will serve as your professional benchmark for the cost of the project.
Schedule an appointment with the insurance adjuster. If everything works out well, your roofer can proceed with getting the job done.
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