Once a heavy storm passes, there are many things you need to inspect. The main step is to make sure that house occupants are all safe and to check if your interior is affected. However, it is your roofing system that will most likely take the most damage. It is important to assess your roof for potential issues such as water leaks and missing shingles. In this post, roof replacement experts from Deschutes Roofing & Insulation share the do’s and don’ts of assessing roof damage after a storm.
DON’T Go up on a Roof That’s Sagging
If you do not call for an emergency, then avoid walking all over a roof that is already sagging or damaged. It is difficult to assess the extent of damage on a roof without closely inspecting it, but doing so can be really harmful. Water leaks and significant water damage can make roofs unstable. Make sure to leave it to professionals.
DO Call Your Insurance Agent
After an intense storm has subsided, your insurance agent should be your first phone call. They have expertise and knowledge on what roofing damage is covered by your policy, so make sure to consult them first before filing a claim. Consider getting an estimate from a local roofing contractor to help you confirm the accuracy of the estimate that your insurance company will give you.
DON’T Hire the First Roofer to Knock on Your Door
You should be suspicious of people who show up on your doorstep after a storm and claim to be roofers. Known in the business as “storm chasers,” they travel around the country to take advantage of desperate homeowners. They offer to replace roofs only to deliver subpar workmanship and then move on. The best thing you can do is ask necessary questions such as, “Where is your office based?” or “Do you have a copy of license or registration you can show me?”
Never compromise the workmanship of legitimate roof repair companies by hiring whoever appears on your doorstep first for a quick fix.
Turn to Deschutes Roofing & Insulation for all your roofing needs. We have a team of dedicated specialists who are more than ready to assist you. Contact us today at 541-241-5720, or get a free estimate here!