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Roof Storm Damage: A Checklist to Know the Extent of damage

Storms are common in some parts of the world and rare in others, but they can cause damage to your home over time. Tornadoes are associated with some parts of the world, while hailstorms and hurricanes are common in others. The exterior of the house, particularly roofs, is greatly affected by these storms. However, many people have no idea what they should do after a storm. Here is our checklist to help them what to do after a storm and how to check the extent of the damage.

Things to do after a storm

If you have gone through a major storm, you might not know what to do now. It is very important to know different types of roof storm damage. It will help you to plan maintenance and repair activities accordingly.

Types of the storm causing roof damage

The damage to the roof depends on the type of storm it was. Depending on the geographical location, you may experience any one or multiple types of storms in your area. Here are some common ones.

Wind storm: Wind blowing with the speed of 40 mph or more is classified as a storm and can cause visible damage to your roof. Strong winds can damage shingles, which will expose the roof deck to further damage. Winds can also damage the waterproof material of the roof, directly or indirectly. The stronger the winds, the more damage they cause. Even slow winds can lift the shingles if their direction is appropriate. So, a wind storm can be damaging, particularly if it is followed by rain.

Hail Storm: The duration of hail storms is shorter than other types of storms. It may last for a few minutes, but the intensity of a hail storm can be very damaging. This storm can damage shingles, particularly the granules, which are the first line of defense against rain and sun rays. Moreover, a hail storm can reduce the esthetic value of the roof by leaving dents and marks.
Stagnant water: Standing water can cause damage to the roof after a rainstorm. If the roof is uneven, the problem can be enormous. Clogged gutters can also be a cause of stagnant water on roofs. It can damage the shingles, and moisture can penetrate the roof deck, causing structural damage to the roof.

Debris: a collection of debris on the roof after a storm is very common. Leaves, small tree branches and broken parts of shingles contribute to the debris. This heap of debris can be a hiding spot for insects and rodents. It can also retain moisture, causing damage to the roof.

Get help from the roof inspector.

Damage assessment is very important to know the extent of roof damage. A professional roof inspection can help you in this regard. Some companies offer free roof inspection services but don’t choose an unreliable inspector. Here are some key points, which you can check on your own. However, getting help from professionals is always recommended.

Roof: You can visually access the roof; all you need to do is walk around the house and see any visible signs of storm damage. If you note something unusual, take a note or picture. It may help during an insurance claim. Missing shingles and dents on the roof are the common signs of roof damage.

Gutters and vents: check the roof gutters and exhausting attic vents. Storm can damage hanging roof accessories very badly.

Windows: Windows are the most common victim of the storm. You can easily spot broken glasses and cracks. Depending on the type of windows, some other damages can also be visible.

The house’s exterior: Signs of storms are visible outdoor, some fence posts can be missing, you can see some fallen trees in your yard. Damage to lawn furniture is also common. A hail storm can damage flat surfaces like patios and pavements.

Ceilings and attic: Your roof may appear fine from the outside, but we cannot neglect the chance of unseen damage, which can cause roof leakage. To inspect that, you have to check the ceiling and attic. Inspect the attic for any signs of water spots. Marks on the walls can indicate leakage.

Consult a reliable roof contractor

You can find a lot of roof contractors in the local market and online. However, you cannot hire the first contractor in the listing. After a storm, roof contracting companies offer their services at low rates, and you can see various deals they offer. It seems very attractive, but it can be a trap to offer low-quality services. For a smoother process, ask the roof companies if they offer roof insurance claims assistance services.

Try to find a reliable, independent contractor. Ask about his expertise and work experience. A professional contractor can help you in different ways. For instance, they can do the exact evaluation of the damage. They can tell you about the estimated costs to repair the damage. Moreover, They can properly guide you if you need to replace the roof or repairing is enough for now.

What to discuss with the roofing contractor?

Many people hire professional contractors, but they have no idea what they need to discuss. Here are some important points you need to keep in mind while discussing your problem with the contractor.

The first thing you need to ask is if they has a proper license to work as a contractor or not. Ask about the insurance and if they offers any warranty on his work. Moreover, the contractor should have the expertise to estimate the damage. If they has any website or social media presence, read reviews about his services. It will help you understand the level of his expertise and the quality of his services.

Contact the home insurance provider

It is very important to involve the insurance provider if you see substantial roof damage. Involve them right from the beginning. They will tell you about all the requirements to file a claim.
Proper involvement of insurance companies can help you to get compensation quickly. However, you will need pictures or videos of the damage, and the inspection report of the roof inspection will also be necessary for an insurance claim. Insurance companies also have inspectors to evaluate the roof damage.

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