Do you live in a storm prone area and want to find out what to do if you incur damage to your roof after a hurricane? Now, the first thing you should do is call a local roof repair service. That goes without saying, because only a professional roofer will be able to handle the type of damage a hurricane brings to a roof. It’s just not a D.I.Y project by any stretch of the imagination, so don’t try it on your own. Now, we are going to share some great tips through this post to as a guide for yourself should you ever find your roof damaged after a hurricane passes by.
Call Your Local Roofer
As we said, the first thing you’ll want to do is call your roofer. Here’s the thing about that. Everyone in your town is going to be call your roofer, so you need to get in touch with them as early as possible. In fact, you should call them before the hurricane hits and get their first available appointment after the storm. This will put you way ahead of the game, because once the storm passes, they’ll be very busy. If you forget everything in this post, at least remember this. It doesn’t hurt to call in your appointment early, it will only help.
How to Find a Good Roofer
If you don’t already have a relationship with a roofer, you’ll have an easy time finding one online. However, there are a few things you’ll need to look for. Here’s what we suggest you find in a roofing contractor:
- Licensed and insured
- 10+ years of contracting experience
- Fully staffed
- Competitive prices
- Local business
- Experienced with your type of roofing material
- Experienced with hurricane roof damage
You can find this information by visiting the roofer’s website or by giving them a call. You should also read the reviews and testimonials on their website as well as other reputable review sites. If you find a few negative reviews, don’t be frightened away. You can’t please everyone all of them time. You just want to see that the majority of the reviews are positive.
File an Insurance Claim
You’ll need to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company, so call your agent before the hurricane makes landfall to get familiar with the process. You may want to take photos of your home before the hurricane strikes just in case. In most cases, they’ll probably want a written copy of a professional roof inspection.
Get Your Roof Inspected
Your homeowner’s insurance will most likely require a roof inspection. You can probably get this from your roofing contractor. Just call them and find out if they offer this service. Tell them you need it in writing and that it’s going to your insurance company.
Consider a Metal Roof
Depending on the damage your roof receives, you may need to replace it. If this is the case you should consider a metal roof. They may cost more than other roofing materials, but they are extremely dependable and durable. If you live in a hurricane prone area, this is a smart move.
This guest post was created by Pierre at:
Southeast General Contractors Group Inc.
3121 Skyway Cir F, Melbourne, FL 32934