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What to Do in Case of Storm Roof Damage?
Storms can cause severe damage to your house and property. Most of the time, your roof takes a hit. Once the storm is over, you need to ensure your roof is in good condition. Assessing the damage and knowing what steps to take to fix your roof can help ensure it will be ready for the next storm season.
Here’s what you need to do when your roof gets storm-damaged.
Step 1: Access the damage
The first step towards fixing your roof after a storm hits is identifying how much damage has occurred. There are some apparent signs, while others need a keener observation. Here’s what you need to look for:
- Broken or loose shingles: One of the most common signs of storm damage to your roof is loose shingles. Some can even be broken if the storm or hailstones are severe. If you notice them, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible.
- Missing flashing: Another sign of storm damage is missing flashing along the sides, skylights, and chimneys. It is vital to fix this before another storm approaches.
- Water damage: If you notice water damage such as leaks, water accumulation, and wetness on the attic or basement walls, your roof has water damage.
Make a note of all these problems and take pictures before you move to the next step.
Step 2: Make temporary fixes
After you access the damage, it will take time to claim the insurance and get repairs done. If another storm hits, minimal damage can even turn into an extensive one. This can be prevented by making minor repairs on your own using DIY methods to prevent further damage.
Step 3: Contact your insurance company
If the damage is extensive, you may need to claim home insurance to pay for them. Contact your insurance agency and file a claim. The insurance company will require proof for damages and this is where the pictures from earlier come in hand. If the damage isn’t extensive, calling contractors directly may be quicker and more economical.
Step 4: Hire a roofing contractor
Whether you are claiming insurance or making the repairs directly, hiring the right contractor for the job is essential. Look for certified roofing contractors in your area with good experience and an excellent reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions! Always ask for estimates and the tentative time frame for the company to complete the repairs.
Step 5: Make alternate living arrangements
If the damage is extensive, you may need to find a safer place to live while the repairs are being done. Ask your contractor if it is necessary to vacate the house for repairs. If so, make arrangements with your relatives or even stay at a hotel for a few days. You can move back once you are given the green light from the contractor.
About Christopher Home Improvement
If you are looking for a reputable and professional roofing contractor to install and maintain your roof, Christopher Home Improvement should be your one-stop destination. We have served the residents and businesses in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 16 years. Call at 877-334-4654 or fill out our contact form to get a free roofing, siding, gutter, or window repair/installation estimate.
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