1. Ensure the area is safe.
The very first step you should take any time you experience damage to your home, particularly from a storm, is to ensure that the surrounding area is safe. Storm damage to your home can create a variety of dangerous hazards that you need to be aware of, including:
- Downed Power Lines
- Broken Gas Lines
- Other Broken Utilities
- Flood Waters
- Dangerous Debris
2. Assess the damage.
Once you’ve determined that the area is safe to venture out, you can start moving forward to get your roof back to normal. If there is very obvious damage to the roof that could lead to further damage inside your home in the interim, you should take this time to contact a local roofing contractor like Shull Construction to provide temporary, emergency repairs to stabilize the roof. You’ll also want to take this time to perform a quick, self-assessment of your property. Keep an eye out for signs of damage such as:
- Bent or Broken Shingles
- Missing Shingles
- Excessive Granules in Downspouts
- Impact Marks from Hail
- Punctures in the Roof
- Debris on the Roof
3. Document all signs of damage.
As you’re assessing your property, take the time to document all signs of damage to make the process easier going forward. Take note of everything you see, even if you’re not completely sure whether or not there’s damage present. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of everything you see. In addition to suspected damage, you should document signs that the storm in the area was strong enough to cause damage to your roof. News reports of high wind and hail sightings should be noted as well as damage to the surrounding area and neighboring properties.
4. Contact your insurance provider.
If you intend to file an insurance claim on your storm-damaged roof in Emporia, contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when dealing with storm damage and, if the storm was exceptionally severe and widespread, you may run into delays due to a high volume of calls. Be prepared with relevant information when you call to streamline the process. Have the following information easily accessible and ready to go:
- Name and Contact Information
- Policy Number
- Suspected Damage
- Questions about Your Policy
5. Schedule Professional Inspection and Estimate
Don’t waste any time calling Shull Construction to schedule your free estimate when you suspect storm damage. We will do a thorough inspection of your property to assess the damage, then guide you through the next steps. We can provide relevant information to your insurance company to help ensure you’re getting the coverage to which you’re entitled, and we’ll share our knowledge and expertise with you to help you feel confident in your decisions going forward, whether that means repairing or replacing your roof.
When you experience storm damage to your roof in Emporia you need a roofing contractor you can trust! Contact Shull Construction, today, to see how we can help!