Fortunately, emergency roof repairs aren’t often needed for most homes. But storms, particularly volatile storms like those in Oklahoma, increase the likelihood and can cause significant damage which requires quick action.
Storm damage can also raise plenty of questions, including whether emergency roof repair is needed and the extent of the damage. That’s why it’s important to work with a professional roofing contractor who can assess the damage and let you know exactly what repairs are needed.
1. Understanding the damage
Storm damage to your roof can happen quickly or slowly over time. Some signs of damage are obvious – like missing or damaged shingles – while others aren’t so obvious, like water leaks which may occur the next time it rains.
Even shingles with no signs of damage may be deteriorating.
The age of your roof may also determine how much damage your roof sustains from a storm because, in many cases, older roofs are weaker and already show signs of deterioration – hidden or otherwise.
2. When it’s time to act quickly
Some roof emergencies are obvious and the repairs can’t wait. Storm-damaged roofs often need immediate attention and service, and you don’t want to wait until your roof springs a leak to call a dependable roofer.
3. Assessing the damage
You first must understand the extent of the damage to determine if your roof needs emergency repair work. Check the interior and exterior of your home for signs of damage, but make your safety a priority while avoiding broken glass, exposed nails, gas leaks, and downed electrical lines.
It’s important to note that a well-maintained roof can help prevent significant damage during a storm. Regular maintenance addresses and problem areas with your roofing, such as loose shingles, and lengthen your roof’s lifespan.
4. What to do if you find damage during a storm
Roof damage sometimes becomes obvious before the storm has passed, including leaks. But storm damage can affect the entire house, including broken or cracked windows.
If your roof develops serious roof leaks during a storm, it’s probably time to call a roofer with the experience and knowledge to perform emergency repairs. But you should never put yourself in danger by trying to fix problems when a storm is still raging. If immediate repairs are in order, call a professional.
5. What to look for after a storm
Again, it’s important to inspect the damage inside and outside your home after a storm passes. Determining the source and location of leaks are important, but remember the signs of leaks aren’t always immediate.
You can use plastic sheeting, tarps, or other waterproof material to cover damaged areas of the roofs (while containing leaks). Doing so can reduce the water damage until you’ve had time to contact a professional roofer.
It’s usually never a good idea to get on the roof and inspect for damage because of the potential danger. Thoroughly examine your roof from ground level but let the professionals climb on the roof. They have the experience and know-how to do it safely.
6. When it’s time to call your insurance company and roofer
The best time call your insurance company after your roof sustains storm damage is ASAP. Your agent can tell you how to file a claim and they’ll also schedule a visit by an insurance adjuster.
Meanwhile, you should also call your roofer right away. They’ll want to inspect the damage but it’s also a good idea to have a roofing expert on hand when the insurance company does a walkthrough. A knowledgeable contractor can help you navigate your way through the claim process, as well.
7. Hiring an experienced roofer
Let a local professional roofer you can trust handle emergency repairs caused by storm damage – or damage of any kind, for that matter. They’ll make sure the job gets done right the first time while repairing all the damage, they’ll do it safely, and they’ll help you to avoid expensive repairs in the future.
8. Preparing for storm damage
There are things you can do to plan for the next storm, including steps you can take to decrease the amount of damage. A consistent roof maintenance plan will keep your roof in top shape to not only make sure you get the longest life from it but to also keep it strong and less vulnerable when a storm hits.
There are other things you can do, such as covering windows and doors with storm shutters to reduce the amount of damage your home suffers in a storm.
If your Tulsa area home needs emergency roof repair, or if you have any other roofing needs, call Perfection Roofing. They’ll guide you through the storm repair process while providing excellent service.