Homeowners can rarely predict if their home is going to be hit by damaging weather. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of the appropriate steps that must be taken once the roof of your house gets damaged. Severe rainstorms, hailstorms and windstorms can damage your roof. When that happens, you need to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or a total roof replacement.
Evaluate The Damage To Your Roof
The first thing once you experience severe weather is to evaluate the damage. Getting a rough estimate of the damage can help you once you talk to your roofing contractor or insurance company. It will also help you avoid any unforeseen discrepancies or costs.
When you are checking your roof and looking for damaged areas, don’t forget to use a pair of binoculars. Approximate the general square foot area and details of the part of the roof that was damaged. You also need to take note of how severe the damage is and carefully inspect spots with missing shingles.
Take note of the materials that may have been exposed. Look for indications of exposed tarpaper, plywood, or the edges of missing shingles. Document the color of the material and its specific shade.
Make Temporary Fixes To Minimize Property Damage
In case the roof is severely damaged in the spot that is directly on top of your living space, your interior property could be damaged by the water that leaks from the roof or ceiling. One thing that you can do is to place a garbage can or bucket under the leak and remove any valuables that you have in the affected area so you can prevent further damage. You may need to waterproof areas that may have been damaged extensively. You can do this by using a strapped taring method or water and ice membrane. Meanwhile, minor repairs can be shingled right away.
Call Your Insurance Company
Get in touch with your insurance company. Check if the damage is big enough to be covered through your home insurance or if it would be cheaper to hire a Florence roofing contractor right away for any needed repairs. During a natural disaster, whenever major residential areas are hit by severe weather like storms, it can be advantageous to use your homeowner’s insurance because contractors tend to be very busy.
Contact A Roofing Contractor To Repair The Roof
Once you make a decision to hire a roofer, be sure to work only with a certified, experienced, and trustworthy professional. Beware of storm chasers. These people do not have any reputation to uphold and may provide you only with subpar work quality.
Call Florence Roofing Experts for all your roof related needs. Our team is always ready to help you.
Florence Roofing Experts
2117-B W. Palmetto Street #103
Florence, SC 29501