Storms can be very unpredictable, but one thing that can be predicted is this: your roof is likely to encounter storm damage over the course of its service life. As a homeowner, it is important that you understand the correct measures to take immediately after a storm, especially if your roof sustains damage. Here are the ABCs of handling a storm damaged roof.
A: Assess the Damage to Your Roof
Once the storm has passed, give your roof a quick visual inspection. However, do not under any circumstance climb up your roof as this can be extremely dangerous. Use binoculars to get a closer look without exposing yourself to danger. Be on the lookout for exposed sections of the roof and identify any missing shingles.
B: Begin Temporary Fixes
If needed, begin temporary fixes to minimize the damage as best you can. For instance, you can place buckets or trash bins under leaks and remove any valuables from leaky rooms. You should also place plastic bags over furniture and rugs as well as any other items that will be difficult or too heavy to move.
C: Call In Your Trusted Local Roofer
After you’ve done your best to protect your belongings, call in the professionals. Working with a local roofer that specializes in storm damage repair is your best option. However, if there is widespread damage in your neighborhood, contractors may be busy with other houses. If this is the case, don’t be tempted to hire any traveling roofers that knock on your door. These are likely storm chasers that take advantage of homeowners in desperate situations. It is also a good idea to call your insurance company.
Dealing with damage on your roof after a severe weather event? Make Crown Roofing LTD your first call. You can reach us by calling (604) 370-6288. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection.