Your roof is crucial to everything from your home's energy efficiency to keeping out the elements and pests. A well-maintained roof also helps prevent water damage to your home. For these reasons, after a big storm it's important to deal with any roof damage as quickly and proactively as possible. Here are three tips for dealing with a storm-damaged roof:
Leave the Inspection to the Pros
You may be tempted to climb up on a ladder and inspect your roof yourself after a storm, but this is usually a bad idea. A roof can be a dangerous place after a storm, with the potential for loose shingles and exposed nails that can easily lead to injury. Plus, a roofing company knows exactly what damage to look for. As a layman, you may not think your roof looks seriously damaged, but your roofing company will notice things like loose shingles, small divots from hail that will quickly cause shingles to weaken, dented flashing, etc.
It's best to have your roof thoroughly inspected by a roofing company. They will be happy to show you the specific damage they've found, write an inspection report, and suggest a course of action, whether it's roof repair or a full roof replacement.
Notify Your Insurance Company
It's important to file an insurance claim right away after a major storm. Let them know what the roofing company said about the damage and the estimate they gave you for repairs or replacement. Your insurance agent may request a copy of the inspection report or photos of the damage, and it's important to send whatever information they ask for promptly.
Ask your agent for a timeline for repairs, since this can vary by company as well as your local and state regulations. In many cases, your insurance company will work directly with the roofing company, but in other cases they may issue you a check for the repairs.
Fortify Your Roof
While it's impossible to prevent all storm damage to your roof, this is a good time to talk to a roofing company, like Select Exteriors, about ways to fortify your roof to minimize future damage. Your roofing company may be able to add weather-resistant coating to your roof, or add a layer of waterproofing material underneath the new shingles if they are replacing your roof anyway.
By following these tips after a big storm, you will soon have a functional, safe, and effective roof once again.