There’s no doubt about it. Owning your own home is a great thing. With the number of homeowner households increasing since 2015 in the United States, more and more are realizing the truth of that statement.
But with homeownership comes some worries, and one of them is how to protect your home and roof during an emergency. With a record 12 of 30 named storms during the 2020 hurricane season having made landfall, an unexpected emergency roof repair can happen.
So how can you stay ahead of the game and be ready? Read on for some helpful advice on what to do to prepare for (and react to) an emergency roof repair.
Getting through a natural disaster can be hard enough without having to worry about what damage it wrought on your roof. If you start to notice a leak after the storm has passed or see a number of shingles blown off in your yard, don’t panic. Take a deep breath, and start making a list of things you need to do to rectify the situation without pulling your hair out.
Cover & Document the Damage
The most immediate way to prevent water from getting into your home is to cover the affected area with a tarp. So, even before a storm is forecast to hit, it would be wise to include tarps as part of your hurricane season preparedness alongside the canned food and bottled water.
And here’s a piece of advice: Do NOT attempt to do anything while there is a storm. This is not only dangerous but could be life-threatening.
Once the spot is securely covered, start taking pictures to document the damage. Every homeowner insurance adjuster appreciates it when there is ample information available in order for them to process your claim.
Get pictures, both inside and outside, from every angle you can think of. The term ‘the more, the merrier’ can definitely apply to this situation.
Call the Experts
Once you’ve dealt with the insurance side of things, it’s important to call a qualified and experienced roofer. A knowledgeable roofer will be able to quickly assess and determine the degree of damages and what needs to be done.
And again, never make the call during the middle of a storm. Roofers have to wait until a storm passes before they can come out and give you an accurate quote.
A word to the wise: a natural disaster can bring all kinds of “roofing companies” out of the woodwork. So make sure you go with someone who has the right credentials and who has worked with homeowners insurance claims in the past.
You Can Handle An Emergency Roof Repair
Wise homeowners know that even with the best planning, things happen. But if you try to prepare and know what to do when an emergency roof repair pops up, you’ll be covered.
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