If you live in an area that sees major storms during the summer months, such as heavy wind or hail storms, then there's a good chance you'll need to make roofing repairs due to storms at some point in your life (if you haven't already). If you're a relatively new homeowner, there are some important steps you should know to follow after a major storm to avoid paying out-of-pocket for damage.
Inspect for Obvious Damage
As soon as it's safe to do so after a storm, take a step outside and peek at your roof, if possible. Depending on the grade of your roof, you may be able to see any obvious damage from ground-level. However, it you have a flat roof or a roof that's difficult to view from below, it may be necessary to get on a ladder (safely!) to inspect for problems.
Call a Local Roofing Service
If you notice any obvious damage or if you have a hard time getting a good view of your roof, it's in your best interest to contact a local roofing service to come check out your roof following a major storm. This way, you can have a quick inspection done and either be told that your roof is in good shape or be made aware of an issue that needs addressing.
Document Damage With Photos
If the damage from your roof has been caused by storm damage, be sure to document the damage with photos whenever possible. More than likely, your insurance company will ask for proof as part of your claim. Your roofing company should be able to take these photos for you.
Report Damage to Your Insurance Company
Finally, it's time to file a claim with your insurance company; be sure to do this in a timely manner, as some insurance companies will not pay out claims that were delayed in their submission. To save you time and hassle when it comes to your home insurance roof damage claim, consider working with a roofing company that will contact your insurance company and file a claim on your behalf.
Nobody wants to experience roof damage as a result of a storm, but it happens pretty often. By taking the right steps following a severe storm in your area, however, you should be able to avoid having to pay for any related roof repairs out-of-pocket, thus saving you money and keeping your roof in good shape.
Contact a company, like Maynor Roofing & Siding Co, for more help.