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What to Do After a Storm Comes Through:
Being Proactive with Your Roof
Disaster planning isn’t typically something high on a homeowner’s list of things to address, but there’s no doubt that at some point, storm damage will occur to your roof. Do you have a plan for addressing roof damage? Depending on the severity of roof damage, you may even be in need of emergency roof repair, to prevent other issues such as mold and mildew growth, and ruined insulation, which can raise your energy costs.
Read on for tips that can help you be proactive with your roof both before and after a storm occurs.
Minimize the Impact
While a storm can’t be prevented from causing roof damage, there are things you can do to minimize the impact and lessen the secondary effects. First and foremost, be ready with a water-proof tarp to secure over the damaged areas of your roof to limit the amount of rain water entering your property. Be sure to have a reliable ladder easily accessible to help you put your tarp in place as well.
Nearby tree branches and vegetation should be trimmed back to ensure additional damage doesn’t occur from high winds or from snapping branches falling on your roof. Be sure to inspect secondary items on your property that also may be affected, such as guttering and attic spaces. Lastly, have a plan in place to capture water leaking into the interior of your house, and to move furniture and other belongings well out of the way of any potential water damage.
Assess and Document the Damage
When it’s safe to do so, assess and document the roof damage you’ve experienced, being sure to take many different pictures from many different angles. If possible, do this before implementing any of the impact-minimizing items discussed above. Taking pictures on a clear, sunny day before any roof damage occurs can be beneficial for a before-and-after comparison.
This information could be useful to an insurance company and a roofing contractor. Additional imagery and an accurate recording of home furnishings and their estimated value that may be damaged by a leaking roof can help aid any insurance claims you need to place as well.
Have a Roofing Contractor in Mind
Having a roofing contractor, such as True Home Hawaii, in mind before you need one can be helpful. Some things to keep in mind when choosing a roofing contractor include:
- If they specialize in insurance restoration
- The amount of positive reviews they have
- If they service your type of property and roof.
Keep in mind that in most cases you’re allowed to choose whichever roofing contractor you want to repair your roof in fulfillment of an insurance claim. Don’t hesitate to let your insurance adjustor know that you have a roofing contractor already chosen to perform the work—True Home Hawaii.
Throughout your time as a homeowner, it’s more likely than not that you’ll experience roof damage, but being prepared can help make this stressful experience much more manageable. Having reliable partners that know the roofing industry inside and out can provide some much-needed peace of mind and a sense of well-being, knowing that your needs are being met by qualified professionals.
Prepare for the inevitable today by calling True Home Hawaii to learn about the services offered, so you can be ready when disaster strikes. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 808-359-0035 or contact us here.