A storm damaged roof can be dangerous and costly. The sooner it’s repaired, the safer your home will be, and the less collateral damage you’ll have.
Whether it was a windy rainstorm or a heavy snowstorm that caused the damage, don’t let a day go by without inspecting your home so you can schedule professional repairs as soon as possible.
Two Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Inspect Your Roof
Roofing inspections can’t wait after a storm for two main reasons.
First, roof damage typically leads to whole-home structural damage if it isn’t taken care of right away. What if a tree branch falls and punctures a hole in some shingles? If you don’t replace them, a leak could quickly develop, spreading into your attic, soaking the insulation and causing mold growth.
A low-cost repair can escalate to a multi-issue problem that costs thousands to fix.
Second, your homeowners insurance typically covers repairs for a storm damaged roof. The sooner you assess the situation, document the damage and report the problem, the more likely you are to be fully reimbursed for all repairs.
In fact, if you wait, your homeowners insurance may not provide coverage at all. Most policies require that you report the damage within a certain time after it occurs.
Examine Shingles and Flashing from Ground Level
The first step to diagnosing problems is to visually examine all shingle coverage and flashing from the ground. Don’t climb on the roof — it’s extremely dangerous, even when the roof is in good condition. And if the roof has suffered structural damage, the risk of injury is even greater.
If you notice that certain shingles are missing, buckled or displaced, call a roofing contractor to take the lead from there on repairs.
Check Your Attic’s Interior
There are two sides to every roof. Go up into your attic and check all sections of the roof, from the ridge to the eaves. Look for any signs of moisture. You also should look at the ceilings in your home. If you spot water stains, the leak may be coming from the roof.
Look Around the Building’s Perimeter
Next, walk around the outside of your home. Look on the ground for debris that looks like it came from your roof or water drainage system, such as pieces of flashing or gutter brackets. Take pictures of any materials you find.
Get Professional Help
After calling your homeowners insurance company, it’s time to get your storm damaged roof repaired. Make sure you work with a certified, trusted contractor who isn’t going to try to upsell you on unnecessary work.
Trust Knockout Roofing to provide immediate assistance after you discover you have a storm damaged roof — get a free quote before work begins so you know what to expect.