The first few hours following storm damage to your roof are critical. They are also the most difficult for homeowners who have to juggle finding shelter for their families, dealing with a damaged roof and filing an insurance claim. Today, Local roofing contractor Gresham Roofing and Construction shares a quick guide on how to handle a roofing emergency.
Make Sure Your Family Is Safe
Your top priority is to make sure your family is safe. Look for a room that’s dry and undamaged and have them stay there as you inspect your home for hazards. Turn off the power if you suspect damage to electrical lines, even if there’s a blackout. Clear a path from the room if there happens to be debris and broken glass. Make arrangements for your family to stay with relatives or at a nearby hotel. Pets can be temporarily housed at a local daycare or kennel.
Your First Two Phone Calls
Once you have arranged accommodation, call your roofing contractor and your insurance provider. Once the weather has cleared, your roofer can assess the extent of the damage, decide how much work the roof needs and prepare a detailed roof estimate.
Next, call your insurance provider. They will send a representative or adjuster, who will perform an independent inspection of the roofing damage, take photos and record their findings. They will ask your roofing contractor for a copy of the estimate to initiate your insurance claim.
Avoid DIY Repairs
It’s normal to be anxious about the insurance claim process, but resist the temptation to perform roof repairs yourself. In addition to the risk of injury, there’s a big risk of making a mistake if you’re not an experienced, trained roofer. The cost to correct such mistakes will have to come out of your own pocket. Also, DIY repairs will likely void existing roofing warranties. Instead, entrust this work to a licensed, experienced local roofer.