Storms can inflict significant damage to residential properties. Strong winds can lift weak shingles or loose metal panels, uproot a tree and cause it to fall on your roof, and carry debris enough to shatter windows and leave dents on the siding. If there’s a downpour involved, leaks may likely appear on your ceiling and interior walls.
Your next steps will play an important role in restoring your roof and your home after a storm passes. Read on as we provide you tips on how to handle roof storm damage.
Give Your Local Contractor a Call
Once the weather is clear, make your way outside, and do a visual inspection of your roof and home from the ground. For a more thorough assessment of the storm damage, schedule an appointment with a roofing contractor in your area. Roofers know how to evaluate the damage to your roof and gutters, identifying not just the obvious dents and punctures, but also those that are concealed and can’t be detected by an untrained eye. Be sure that the company you hire has considerable years of experience in the industry, especially in handling storm-damaged roofs.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Get in touch with your insurance company as well. But before you do so, see to it that your roof is covered. Insurance policies differ when it comes to the fine print. If you do have roof coverage, call your insurer as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when filing a claim, so do so right away.
Collect Evidence to Bolster Your Claim
Proper documentation is vital to ensuring the success of your insurance claim. Take photos of the damage to your roof and the other areas of your home as you do your visual inspection. Also, work with a roofing company that can help you navigate the confusing maze that is the insurance claims process. With their pros’ expertise, you can have a better chance of getting approved for your claim and getting the right compensation to start your roof repair.
At Hershey Exteriors, LLC, we offer a full suite of residential roof services to ensure the integrity and long-term functionality of your home’s roofing surface. We also specialize in window and gutter replacement, as well as solar panel installation. Call (302) 569-9039, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.