What To Do After A Roofing Disaster
When Your Roof is Damaged – What Do You Do?
If you own property, you won’t be able to predict when and how damaging weather will strike. You will need to take steps when your roof gets damaged and you’ll need to clearly understand what to do. Severe , heavy rain, high windstorms ice/hail can all cause severe damage to your roofing system.
Inspect your roof’s damage. After your property experiences severe wether, you need to assess how much damage you’ve experienced. you can them intelligently discussed what happened with your insurance company and your roofing contractor to help you avoid hidden expenses or discrepancies. ( You’ll need to do this during daylight hours, which means you may have to skip to step 2 before you assess the damage.) Use binoculars when you’re assessing the damage so you can see the details. Take the area thats been damaged and estimate the approximate square footage. Check to see if there are any missing shingles and note how severe the damage is. In minor cases, you might just have a few random shingles misplaced or torn off. Make a note of the material that looks like its visible and exposed. Things to look for – the ends of missing shingles, tarpaper or exposed plywood. Notice the shade and color of the material thats exposed. If you have some shingles from when the roof was installed or last repaired, you can check the packaging for the proper shingle style and color you’ll need.
If you have a little experience, try to make some temporary repairs to minimize your property damage. Personal property inside your residence can be damaged by water if your roof is leaking directly over a living space. Place a garbage can or bucket under any leaks and move any valuables away from the area so they won’t be damaged further. You may need to use tarping to cover severely damaged areas to waterproof it immediately. If they’re smaller repairs that are necessary you can have them shingled right away.
Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor
Get in touch with your insurance company and their representatives. Check your insurance policy and if it looks like there’s enough damage for a claim. If not, it may make more sense financially to hire a roofing contractor yourself and make any needed repairs. If you’re involved in a natural disaster where big areas of residential homes are hit by severe weather or a big storm, you might want to contact your insurance company as soon as possible so you can get on a contractor’s schedule. They tend to have their calendars filled up quickly after a severe storm in their area.
If you need to hire a roofer, make sure its a reliable, professional roofing contractor. Be careful not to hire any fly-by-night contractors that tend to flood these types of areas after a storm and take advantage of vulnerable residents. Avoid these type of contractors at all costs. These traveling contractors that follow storms around will provide poor quality workmanship and disappear as quickly as they arrived, leaving you with more problems than you had from just the storm.
Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 is a roof installation contractor and roof installation company serving Austin, Texas and the surrounding Austin, TX area cities. We have been providing quality professional roofing services since 2001. When you need a trustworthy, professional roofer to give you advice on the best options for repairing your roof, give us a call.