Just as parents shelter their children, house roofs also provide shelter to the people who live in it. The roof protects you from all the thick and thin weather conditions, be it hail or storm. So in return even you need to take care of it and look after its maintenance. Moreover, it is also the question of safety for your family. Unnoticed damage after storm may have adverse effects on your home interiors or weakened ceiling. There is also one saying, “A stitch in time saves nine”, meaning before the things get worse it is better to check and get your house roof repaired if damaged due to any storm. Hence, looking forward here’s what you need to do to get your house roof repaired on time after a storm strikes your area.
Work Out the Spoilage around Your House
One of the common things that occur during a storm is that the trees and the electric wires break and fall off either on the roads or on the houses posing a serious threat for the localities. So walk around the perimeter of your house and check for the ruins including structural damage, wall cracks, granules, damage to paint and garbage in the yard.
Diagnose your Roof Top
If possible climb on the roof and check for the leaves and other garbage getting choked in the pipelines causing further damage. Also check for any debris or water leakage on the roof or on the wall sides. Once you find any serious damage click photos of the same as a proof for which can be used at the time of claiming for reimbursement.
Make Momentary Repairs
After the storm passes away, ensure to cover broken windows and open areas of the house. Collect and dump the glass pieces, tree branches and other harmful wastes at a safe place. Address the electrical hazards on immediate basis by calling the power supplying company or an electrician to bring the power lines back in running condition. You can also tarp the roof to reduce the further damage and wait till a professional roofing contractor is accessible.
Appoint an Expert Roofing Contractor
Did you know that some fraud contractors travel to places hit by storm to take undue advantage of the innocent and troubled house owners? You may also find a sudden rise in the number of contractors giving you good deals and discounts for repairing your house. But still you need to be very cautious to avoid hiring fly-by-night fraudsters by first checking the license and credibility of the contractor. Also ask around about the quality of service being provided. At times the contractors even help you with the insurance work. Once you find a reliable person then you can relax and it won’t even pain you in giving some additional amount.
File a Claim to the Insurance Company
Ones you have finished examining the damage contact your insurance agent as soon as possible and file a claim before proceeding with the repair work. A delegate of the insurance company will visit the house for inspecting the damage, understanding the policy coverage, deciding the level of damage and then will provide you a quote for getting the house repaired. You also need to submit all the proofs of damage and bills of temporary repairs for smoother claim process.
No one can control a storm, but how it’s after effects can be met is definitely in our hands. Am sure this post might help you in doing so. When the storm affects your area instead of getting panicked you can follow the above suggestions and work accordingly. For related posts keep coming!!