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4 Steps to Take after a Storm Damages Your Springfield Roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the forces of nature and inclement weather. And it’s rare that you can predict when damaging weather is coming for your home and where it will hit. So what should you do if you suspect your roof has been damaged? It’s important to have a clear understanding of the proper steps that should be taken when your home’s roof has been damaged, so let’s examine the four steps you should take once the storm has passed, and when to contact experts for storm damage repairs.

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Assess The Damage

The first step after you experience severe weather is to assess the damage. An approximate damage assessment from a trusted local roofing team can help you discuss your needs with your insurance company or Berlin roofing contractor and avoid unforeseen costs or discrepancies. Making such assessments in daylight after inclement weather has passed is important. If the storm clears at night, you may want to consider moving to the next step below and come back to this one before assessing the damage. Use a pair of binoculars to greatly aid you when looking at your roof and identify damaged areas. Gather your best estimate of the general square foot area and specific details of the area that has been damaged. Note the severity of the damage, and look carefully to see if there are areas of missing shingles. Depending on the severity of some cases, only a few random shingles will be missing.

Make Temporary Fixes to Minimize Property Damage

If a roof is severely damaged in an area directly above a living space, the interior property can be severely damaged by leaking water. To prevent further interior damage, place a bucket or garbage can under leaks, remove any valuables in the area, and store them in a dry location. Serious damage may need to be waterproofed quickly using a strapped tarping, while smaller repairs can be shingled immediately. Document the visible or exposed materials as you make the temporary fixes. Check for signs of exposed plywood, tarpaper, or the ends of missing shingles. Take note of the material’s color and the approximate shade. If you have additional shingles from a past roof replacement project, the shingle color may be stamped on the end of the package.

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Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you’ve assessed the damage and made the necessary fixes, it’s time to contact your insurance company. They will help evaluate if the damage is large enough to be covered through home insurance or whether hiring a contractor directly for any necessary repairs would be more economical. In times of natural disaster, when large residential areas are hit by a storm or other severe weather, it can be beneficial to use your homeowner’s insurance as contractors can become busy.

If Necessary, Contact A Reliable Contractor To Repair The Roof

If you decide a private contractor is the best solution for your roof and your budget, always hire a professional certified roofing contractor. Avoid contractors who are in the area because of a natural disaster. These traveling contractors, also known as storm chasers, may not have a trustworthy reputation to uphold – if they have a reputation in your area at all – and may provide substandard workmanship. The last thing you need is to hire a second contractor to repair the shoddy work of a storm chaser, so choose the right local team for your job!

If you are experiencing any of these signs or are concerned about your roof, please contact the experts at Whitney Roofing for a free roof evaluation.

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