If you notice that your roof is missing more than a few shingles after the most recent summer storm, you need to take action right away to address the problem. Here is what you should do:
Clean Up Any Debris Created By The Storm
Wait for the storm to leave your area. After the storm has left the area, walk outside and do a quick cleanup. Pick up any branches that the storm broke off your trees. Pick up any trash that has gotten blown around. As you walk around your property and pick up debris from the storm, keep an eye out for shingles that were blown off during the storm.
Collect any shingles that you run across and save them. This will give you a good idea of how many shingles were blown off and what type of repair job you are looking at. If possible, inspect your roof from the ground and see if you can see any additional missing shingles.
Call Up A Local Roofing Contractor
If you pick up shingles while cleaning up the debris around your property, put in a call right away to your local roofing contractor. The sooner you make the call, the better. Roofing contractors, such as Calgary Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc, tend to experience an uptick in business after summer storms.
Let them know that you need a formal roof inspection. A qualified roofer will inspect your roof for signs of storm damage, such as:
- Missing shingles
- Broken shingles
- Damaged granules
- Damaged flashing
- Loose gutters
If they spot any of the storm damage signs above, they can let you know the amount of damage they believe the storm caused your roof.
Call Your Insurance Company
After you call up your local roofing contractor, call your insurance company and let them know that you may need to file a claim and that you have a roofer coming out to look at your roof. Once the roofing company has completed their inspection, call your insurance company again and provide them with the damage report that your roofing contractor compiled for you. You are going to need to make an appointment for an adjustor to come out and see the damage to your roof first hand.
Set Up An Appointment For Repairs
Once your insurance company sends out an adjustor, set up an appointment with your local roofing company for repairs. Let the roofing company know that your insurance company will be paying the bill.
If your roof sustained minimal damage, it should only take about a day to repair it. If your roof sustained substantial damage in the last summer storm, it may take a few days to repair it.
After your roof is repaired, a building inspector should come out and inspect your roof and provide you with the appropriate paperwork when your roof passes their inspection. Your insurance company should pay the roofing company once the roof has passed this inspection.
The next time a summer storm hits and you suspect your roof has been damaged, just follow this summer storm checklist for getting your roof back in shape.