Spotting Roof Damage After a Storm and What to Do

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Spotting Roof Damage After a Storm and What to Do

It is officially hurricane season, and the hurricanes are coming in from all coasts. After the storm, it is imperative to check the condition of your roof. Additionally, finding the right storm restoration specialist to perform your evaluation is advised. Below are some examples of ways to spot roof damage and what procedures to take if damage occurs.

Ways to Spot Roof Damage

Hurricanes, hailstorms, tornados and even thunderstorms can rip shingles from your roof. Furthermore, un-trimmed tree branches can give your roof a good pounding. In addition, follow these guidelines to inspect for roof damage:

Glance for signs of storm damage from the ground. To illustrate, examples are missing shingles, tile, wood shake or missing pieces of metal fascia. Further, any metal pieces can be found on the ground from around your chimney. Equally important, assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meet the walls.

Obviously, you’ll notice if a tree fell on your roof. If so, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. Consider hiring a general contractor or roofer with a general contractor’s license if your home suffered structural damage, as you’ll need more than roof repairs.

Examine your attic for leaks or water damage. For example, if you find water stains appearing on your ceiling or walls, you probably need repairs or a roof replacement. Even check for rotten smells. This can be a sign of mold or sitting water that is not visible to the naked eye.

After a hailstorm, examine for roof damage as well as siding damage. Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples. These are smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles.

Always stay safe and avoid going on the roof to check for damage yourself and instead contact a professional roofer.

Call Your Insurance Company

If you have damage, contact your insurance agent to assess the situation and determine whether you should file a claim. It is advised to document any damage you detect during your inspection. Nevertheless, you will receive a detailed report from a specialized roofing company. More importantly, a roofing company can detect damage that homeowners can’t see.

Always keep receipts of work you have performed or emergency materials needed for damage control. Specifically, tarps to cover windows or holes in your roof. Indeed, many policies will cover these expenses when submitted with a claim. These are called insurance supplements, and need to be submitted with your claim.

Locate A Roofer That Specializes in Storm Restoration

Find a roofing company that is properly licensed and specializes in storm restoration. In fact, the best roofing companies are ones that are manufacturer certified. This allows the roofer to provide an iron clad warranty that provides ease of mind to the homeowner, that if anything happens after the roof is replaced, it will be covered through the manufacturer of your roofing materials.

Contact Joshua Miller Roofing & Contracting today for all your roofing needs. We specialize in storm restoration and are manufacturer certified. Additionally, we value warranties and customize for all your roofing needs. Call us today for a free estimate!

This article was written by Emily Howe from HoweToAdministrate.com and edited by Joshua Miller from JoshuaMillerRoofing.com.