The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner’s Guide – Part 2: How to Deal With Storm Damage

The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner’s Guide – Part 2: How to Deal With Storm Damage

Storms are generally unpredictable, and so is storm damage to your roof. As a homeowner, it’s difficult to determine what type of damage you might be dealing with following a severe storm, but it’s important to understand that whatever the major weather event, be it a rain, snow, hail or wind storm, they can all cause significant damage to your roofing system.

The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner's Guide - Part 2: How to Deal With Storm Damage

When you’re faced with roofing storm damage, the best thing you can do is to understand the correct steps to take following a storm to speed up insurance claims and repairs. Taking the right course of action at the right times will help you get your house back to its original safe condition as soon as possible.

Assessing Roof Damage

The first step to take is to assess the severity of damage once the weather clears, ideally in the morning. This initial roof inspection from the ground with a pair of binoculars can help you discuss your roof’s condition and needs better with your roofing contractor and insurance company. It can also help you avoid unforeseen costs or discrepancies in the future.

When doing a check, be on the lookout for:

  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Broken flashing
  • Sagging gutters
  • Damaged soffit and fascia
  • Buckling shingles

Contacting Your Roofing Contractor and Insurance Company

Severe storm damage requires the service of a roofing contractor and the attention of your insurance company, especially if damage is widespread in your neighborhood. Luckily, a lot of reputable roofers offer insurance claims assistance, helping you fix not just your roofing problems but also helping ensure that you are properly compensated for the incident. Depending on the extent of the damage you’re dealing with, your roofing contractor may make temporary repairs first, carrying out a full replacement once your insurance claim has been approved.

There’s no avoiding storms but you don’t have to worry about roofing damage with the right professionals by your side. Just make sure to call on reputable roofers as soon as possible to ensure your roofing woes are promptly addressed.

Why is having a routine roof maintenance plan in place important? Find out in Part 3 of this blog series. Stay tuned!