As a homeowner, you do your best to maintain your home but it’s tough to predict when damaging weather will strike. Knowing what steps that should be taken when your homes roof has been damaged can be stressful. From high winds to snow, your roof surely does take a beating. Here are 3 things to remember when managing a roofing disaster.
1. Assess your roof from a few feet back
When severe weather strikes, you need to assess the damage at first light. Although climbing directly on your roof should only be done by a professional, you can see a lot by standing back and viewing your roof.
If you own a pair of binoculars, this can be a great way to view the extent of the damage. Then you’ll want to take note of the severity of the damage including missing shingles. You may also see things like exposed plywood or tar paper. Other signs of damage can be shingles on the ground.
2. Minimize property damage and interior damage
If the roof is damaged to the point that it’s leaking inside of your home, be sure to place a bucket or garbage container under the areas where you see leaks. You will also want to remove and secure any valuables that could be damaged from the area. Do your best to absorb water from the floor and if the damage is bad, block off the area until someone can assess the damage.
3. Contact a licensed roofing contractor.
Contact a licensed roofing contractor to evaluate the damage your roof as soon as possible. They can assist you in documenting any damage. Most contractors will provide both a written description and photos along with an estimate of what’s needed to fix your roof. While your waiting you can also check your insurance policy to see what your insurance covers. Depending on the age of your roof it’s also a good idea to check your manufacturer warranty and contractor warranty as well. If your roof fails and is still under warranty you’ll need to have that information on hand.
Typically, like all other purchases, your roof coverage as it relates to warranty of installation and materials depreciates over time. If it’s been ten years or more your insurance may pay less but that is not always the case. That’s why you should take the time to review your homeowners policy carefully carefully, and ask questions if you feel that something should fall under the coverage umbrella.
Remember not to panic. Dealing with storm damage can be just as scary as weathering the storm itself. That’s why it’s important to partner with a contractor who can help you navigate the whole process. In addition to new roof installation, Columbine Roofing, LLC, does roof repair for properties of all sizes. Columbine Roofing Services can offer you better, more personalized customer service and design than competing roofing companies near you.