Your roof was not intended to deal with heavy weather. High winds and driving rains that accompany most storms can do harm over time to your roof. Lightning, hail, and falling trees, that often accompany severe storms, can cause even more serious damage. Before we talk about repairs, it’s essential to clarify what qualifies as a roofing emergency. As we said before, damage to the roof structure can happen at different severities depending on the strength of the storm. Be that as it may, not all harm requires quick consideration. Missing shingles, small holes, and flooding drains don’t rate as emergencies. These can lead to more severe damage if left untouched over time, but do not warrant immediate fixing.
Immediate action is required if water has begun to penetrate through the roof and into the house. If this occurs, you may want to at least temporarily put a tarp on your roof to avoid additional leaking until a professional can come out and fix it properly. Missing shingles can cause leaks, so even if you have not seen the signs of water damage, it may be smart to at least cover up areas with missing shingles.
There’s nothing a team can do when high winds and overwhelming precipitation are still in the area. By and large, they must wait until the storm is over until they begin making house calls. Once the storm is over, they may come by and inspect the damage. In some cases, say after a large hurricane, there may be a lot of damaged houses in your area, and even though you may be worried about your small leak, it pales in severity compared to your neighbors. Be patient while waiting if you have limited damage, because the professionals must prioritize.
If your home had a fire, or a tree fell on it, you may not have a lot of time to wait patiently. In these cases though, it is important to contact your insurance company first before even contacting a roof repair company. An insurance claim can take some time, so the sooner you can get the ball rolling, the sooner a contractor can begin your repairs.
Even if your home has not been hit by a storm, it can be helpful to contact a local professional like Schantz Home Improvement Company. Regular inspections every six months or so can ensure that even the smallest damages do not get worse over time. As we said though, they most likely won’t appear on your doorstep immediately, especially if a large storm recently went through the area. No matter recovering from a severe storm, or just doing preventative maintenance, it’s important to document everything along the way. Take pictures and write down anything the inspector finds, the repair crew does, etc.