The roof is one of your property’s essential parts. No matter how well-built the roof of your home may be, it can still be vulnerable to extreme weather. Unpredictable conditions can easily damage your home, with the roof being the first likely to be damaged. Being proactive ensures that your home, your loved ones and your precious possessions are all safe.
Here’s a practical guide on how to handle roofing emergencies.
1. Remain Calm
Don’t panic. After the danger has passed, take a few moments to collect yourself, and prepare to call your insurance and your professional roofing company. Calling the pros right away can speed up the process. Consequently, this can prevent your home from being exposed to more damage.
2. Don’t Try to Fix the Damage Yourself
Your roof is an expensive investment, and you might be tempted to grab your tools and get to fixing it yourself. No matter what the damage to your roof is, it’s already done, and you’ll only endanger yourself by climbing up there to try to repair it.
Safety, whether you’re the homeowner or professional roofers, is the number one priority. Roofers are trained professionals who are equipped with the appropriate safety gear and tools.
3. Assess the Damage
As soon as you spot any damage to your home’s roof, whether it’s a serious issue like a fallen tree or a minor leak, you need to assess the damage. Check both the inside of your roof and the outside. It can be tough to see all of the damage, so consider working with a professional roofer who can safely assess the damage and advise you on what needs to be fixed. Once you understand what’s wrong with your roof, you can work with your roofing contractor to do the repairs.
4. Contact Your Home Insurance Provider
Your home insurance provider should cover most roofing accidents, so reach out to them as soon as you notice any damage to your roof. The company will cover the cost of your roofing repairs or replacement as long as you can prove that the incident wasn’t your fault, either through negligence or deliberately causing the damage.
5. Let the Roofing Company Do Its Job
Your home roofers will move fast to protect your home, and they’ll do it safely as they’re prepared and experienced in these types of situations, so reach out to them as soon as you notice any damage to your roof. The roofers may install a temporary solution first, especially if the roofing emergency is at night or during adverse weather. The roofers will then return to assess the damage and install a permanent solution, whether it’s repairs or a roof replacement.
Safety is of equal importance to preparedness. Be smart during a roofing emergency, and leave it all to the professionals. Be aware when documenting the damages, and never try to repair a roof yourself.
You can’t wait days or even weeks to deal with a damaged roofing system. Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing and Exteriors has a team ready to assist you 24/7 with emergency roof repairs. Let’s talk about your needs now. Schedule a free estimate today by calling (904) 204-4541, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.