Roofs are a crucial exterior component of residential and commercial buildings. If your roofing system is not well-designed or skilfully installed, your home or business will likely experience an array of problems – which usually occur after a harsh storm event passes. It is not uncommon to think of pulling out a ladder from the garage and climbing up onto the roof to check whether or not your roof has sustained damage from high winds and torrential downpour. However, in some instances, this can only make matters worse.
Today, we shares the do’s and don’ts of roofing after a storm:
DO Call Your Insurance Agent
One of the main steps you should take after a storm is to call your insurance agent. A good representative from a reliable insurance company will have your best interests in mind. Deciding to meet with an insurance policy expert before filing a roof claim can help you avoid dealing with uncertain circumstances down the road.
DON’T Hire the First Person to Offer a Repair Service
Be wary of storm chasers. These fraudulent roofers knock on people’s doors and take advantage of desperate homeowners who have been left with storm-damaged roofing systems. They usually offer shoddy repair services at a discounted price and replacement deals that are way too good to be true. As a result, they make quick cash without putting in as much effort as professional roofers do.
DO Document the Damage
Make sure the person doing the inspection of your damaged property takes photos of everything, from fallen tree branches on the roof to broken shingles lying on the ground. Look for leaks and dark spots on walls and the ceiling, especially in the attic, as those are signs of structural damage.
DON’T Go Up on a Sagging Roof
It is difficult to determine the extent of damage without inspecting the top of the roof. However, it can be extremely dangerous, particularly if your roof is already sagging in the middle. Call a local roofing company, and wait for the roofers to do the inspection.
Thinking about upgrading the exterior of your home? Turn to Pritchett Bros for a smooth and stress-free experience. Our team offers home improvement services, including roof repair and replacement. Call us at (305) 425-1700, or fill out this contact form to set an appointment with one of our specialists. We serve clients in and around Bloomington and Bedford, IN.