Strong storms cause severe damage in a short amount of time. If your home has been hit by a strong storm, you're probably trying to figure out where to start. What do you need to do when your roofing is damaged by a storm? Here, you'll find out just that.
Wait it Out
Don't try going out into the storm to see how well your home is holding up. Always wait for the storm to pass before going out and looking for damage.
Failure to wait could put you at risk of serious injury from falling branches, flying debris and electrical lines that could be down. Just wait – there's nothing you can do until the storm has passed anyway.
Inspect for Damage
Once the storm has passed, grab your camera, and head outside to begin your inspection for damage. Start on the ground looking for siding, shutter, gutter, and fascia damage. Take pictures, and jot down notes about the damage that you find.
Once you've inspected everything from the ground, it's time to get out the ladder, climb up on the roof, and take a look at the shingles, seals, and the gutters that couldn't easily be seen from the ground. Look for shingles that have lifted or torn. Look for seals around the vents and chimney – did they hold up?
Call for Help
If you've found damage, you'll need to call a storm damage services company as quickly as possible. If your home was damaged, chances are pretty good that other homes in your area have been impacted as well. The sooner you get a call into the repair guys, the further up the list you'll be if they have a line of people waiting for their help.
Call the Insurance Company
Once you've had the storm damage professionals come out and assess the damage, you'll have a written estimate for damage repair to work with. You'll need that to begin working with the insurance company to retrieve the money to cover the cost of repairs.
Once the insurance claim is opened, the repair contractor can begin working directly with the insurance company. You will often be required to wait for repairs until the insurance adjuster comes out to check out the damage and provides the contractor with the estimate of their own. Then, the work can begin.
This is a difficult time to get through, but when you know what to do, you'll have a head start and will be able to alleviate some of the stress that comes with storm damage.