Dealing with a storm-damaged roof can be difficult, even for seasoned homeowners. In addition to keeping your family safe, you should be able to get both the insurance paperwork processed and the roof repaired in a timely manner. The following are tips that can help you handle emergency roof repairs, which can help your trusted roofing contractor come up with roofing maintenance plans.
Watch Out for Location Hazards
The first thing you should do is secure your family’s safety. Have everyone stay in an undamaged room then inspect your home for indoor hazards such as broken glass, or displaced furniture. When leaving your house, wear galoshes or some kind of insulated footwear and watch out for downed power lines. If you notice these call 911 or the utility company and stay put until the area is pronounced safe. Try to clear the path of debris, as there may be loose nails lying around.
Avoid DIY Repairs
It may be tempting to fix your roof yourself, especially if the damage doesn’t look severe, but there are many reasons not to do so. For one, you’re risking injury by trying to climb your roof without proper safety training and equipment. You also risk voiding your roof’s warranty as well as potentially reducing the insurance payout by doing your own repairs. At Flagstone Roofing and Exteriors, we recommend saving our phone number in your phone so you can quickly give us a call if the situation calls for emergency roof repair.
Do Not Hire Storm Chasers
Some people may knock on your door and offer repair services. Unless it’s the contractor that you called for, do not engage them. These people are called storm chasers and they offer sub-par roofing repairs that make it look like your roof has been repaired—that is, until the next storm strikes. Hiring storm chasers may have the same effect on your insurance and warranty as doing DIY repairs.
Don’t Forget to Report the Damage to Your Insurance Provider
Once you have a proper roofing contractor on the way, make sure your insurance provider knows about it. If you and your neighbors have the same insurance provider, it may take some time for the company to send an adjuster, so the sooner you call, the better. We can help the insurance adjuster by documenting the extent of the damage, provide an accurate assessment and make sure that the repairs are done in a timely manner.
To learn more about our extensive roofing services, including commercial roof replacement, call Flagstone Roofing and Exteriors today at (855) 232-6386. We serve many areas in and around Cypress, TX.