Your roofing system is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Even the strongest roof can sustain damage from a strong storm. If your roof sustains storm damage, you need to address the issue promptly. Here are the do’s and don’ts of dealing with storm damage, whether it’s a simple roof repair or a full roof replacement.
Do: Document the Damage
Once the storm has passed, go outside and document the damage your roof sustained. Take detailed notes about the damage you see, as well as plenty of photographs. This documentation will be important when it comes time to file your insurance claim.
Don’t: Go Up on the Roof If It’s Sagging or Damaged
Resist the temptation to go up on your damaged and sagging roof to see what needs to be fixed. This is dangerous, and only a trained roofing professional should handle this part of the inspection. One wrong move could not only lead to serious injury, but could also cause further damage to your roof.
Do: Get a Professional to Inspect the System
Enlist the services of expert roofing contractors to conduct a post-storm inspection. An experienced roofer will know what to look for and can determine what steps are needed to address the damage.
Don’t: Hire the First Contractor Who Knocks on Your Door
After a storm has hit your area, “storm chasers” may go door to door in your neighborhood offering their services. Never hire anyone who knocks on your door and offers their services unsolicited. Such people are called storm chasers, and they’re notorious for providing shoddy workmanship and then disappearing by the time you notice. Instead, hire an established, local roofer in your area to handle the repairs.
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