Walking outside following a storm to find significant storm damage on the roof of your home is obviously a very demoralizing moment as a homeowner. But there's no time to mope if you want to get the problem fixed before Mother Nature returns and makes the problem even worse. Here are three things every homeowner should do immediately upon finding storm damage on their roof.
Photograph As Much as Possible
Assuming the damage is 100 percent from the storm, you are likely eligible to turn the damages into your insurance company for reimbursement of any repair costs. In order to make a successful claim, however, you're going to need to be able to show your insurer the damages. Photograph the roof from as many angles as you can. That said, if the roof looks like it has become unstable, make sure you take the photos from the safety of the ground, not up on the roof itself.
Check Your Attic, Windows and Siding
While a lot of roof damage is immediately noticeable, some other damage that Mother Nature can inflict on your home might not be. If there is significant damage to your roof, you will want to take a walk up to your attic and make sure the damage hasn't come through to the house itself. Inspect the ceiling of the attic, paying special attention to any insulation that's installed up there. Then, don't forget to also inspect all windows and siding that may have come into contact with hail, debris, or falling roofing materials as a result of the storm.
Contact a Roofing Contractor As Soon as Possible
Even if you are only missing a shingle or two, you should move to get your roof fully patched up as quickly as possible. Even one missing shingle can make it easier for unwanted guests like rodents to sneak into the house. Also, keep in mind that the area immediately surrounding the damage may be more at risk if another storm decides to come through. Contact a professional roofing contractor and schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get the problem taken care of.
If a recent storm has left any kind of damage to your home's roof, you need to move quickly to ensure that you can get the damage repaired as well as be fully reimbursed for the expenses by your insurer. While you're at it, don't forget to inspect other areas of your home such as the attic and siding following a storm. For more information, reach out to a roofing contractor.