Your home’s first line of defense against the weather is its roof. In Michigan you can’t really predict when bad weather may affect your house or damage your roof. It’s crucial to know exactly what to do if your home’s roof sustains damage so that you can proceed properly.
What Should You Do If You Think Your Roof May Have Been Damaged?
1. Examine the harm.
When severe weather strikes, the first thing to do is to evaluate the damage. You can discuss your needs with your insurance provider or roofing contractor and prevent unforeseen costs or disputes by using approximate damage assessments. (Since this can typically only be done in broad daylight, in some circumstances you might prefer to proceed directly to step #2 after evaluating the damage.)
Use a pair of binoculars to inspect your roof and spot any damaged areas. Avoid going on the roof as there may be unseen damage or weak spots. Calculate the area in square feet overall as well as the precise details of the affected region. Keep in mind the extent of the damage, and take a close look to check for any spots where shingles are missing. Sometimes there will only be a few random shingles missing.
Keep a record of all exposed or visible items. Keep an eye out for any plywood, tarpaper, or the edges of missing shingles that may be exposed. Make a note of the material’s color and its general shade. (The color of the shingle will be stamped on the end of a package of extra shingles from a previous roof replacement project.)
2. To reduce property damage, implement temporary solutions.
A severely damaged roof might cause interior property damage if it is located directly above a living space. You stop further inside damage, make sure to remove any valuables from the area and place a bucket or rubbish can under leaks. Smaller repairs can be made right away using shingling, but more significant damage may require rapid waterproofing using a strapped tarping technique.
3. Get in touch with a reputable roofing contractor.
If you choose to work with a private roofing contractor like 3G, make sure they are a licensed, experienced, and a qualified roofer. Avoid working with contractors that have relocated due to a natural disaster. Storm-following traveling contractors may offer subpar services because they have no reputation to uphold.
4. If a roof repair is required, speak with your insurance provider.
Call your insurance provider. Determine whether the damage is significant enough to be covered by home insurance or whether hiring a contractor directly would be more cost-effective for any required repairs. It can be advantageous to use your homeowner’s insurance after a storm when big residential areas are affected by a storm or other severe weather because contractors may get busy. If you call 3G Home Exteriors our licensed roofers will work directly with your adjuster to make sure all damage is discovered and repaired appropriately.
Get A Free Roof Damage Inspection
If you see any of these symptoms or have concerns about your roof please call the professionals at 3G Home Exteriors. We offer a free roof examination if you see any of these symptoms or have concerns about your roof.