In the aftermath of a storm, securing your home and taking preventative measures to avoid further damage is vital to keeping your home safe. Roofing contractors might not be able to respond right away, so in the meantime, here's what you can do to prepare for repairs.
Check for Safety Hazards
When there's damage to your home, your first and most vital step is to look out for hazards. Check outside for fallen branches or leaning trees, and check inside for splintered wood or exposed gaps in your roof. If there are any signs that part of your roof may collapse, keep clear of that area as best you can until it can be repaired.
Thoroughly Inspect Your Home
If there are no immediate safety hazards, give your home a more thorough inspection to see what damage has occurred and where. Check outside for missing shingles and damaged flashing. Some damage may be subtle, so inspect as much of your roof as you can. On the inside, check your attic for any signs of moisture, damp insulation, or holes. If you check during the day, look for any signs of light coming from the outside to help pinpoint possible leaks.
Patch Up Holes
If storms are expected to continue before you can get your roof professionally repaired, take steps to protect your roof in the meantime. You can use a tarp and wood and screws to secure it to your roof and make sure it won't come off during more inclement weather. If there are any areas in your home with splintered wood or broken glass, cover them with cloths or rags, or mark the area with brightly colored tape.
Document the Damage
Next, take a camera or pen and paper and thoroughly document the damage done to your home. This is helpful not just for insurance claims, but for helping your roofing professionals with the repair process. There can be a lot to keep track of in the immediate aftermath of a storm, so documenting what you can and keeping things organized can be a big help.
Contact a Roofing Professional
Once you've figured out where all the damage is, taken preventative measures against further damage, and made notes of any potential hazards, it's time to call for professional repairs. With storm damage, professional repairs are a necessity; putting off repairs can make things worse in the long run even if you've addressed things like leaks immediately.
When you talk to a roofing professional, they will likely give your home another thorough inspection. Here it can help to provide all the information you documented, especially if you have pictures. Because roofs are often damaged during storms, it may take some time until a roofing contractor can start work, so be prepared for some delays.
For more information, contact a storm damage restoration professional.