As you are looking around your home making a to-do list of spring projects, be sure to look up. Your roof protects all of your home systems and belongings, and it needs regular care to hold up to stormy weather. Though, you can’t predict when a powerful storm will strike, you can use these tips to help avoid an emergency roof repair, and what to do after a storm.
Wind-driven rain, hail, felled tree limbs and day-to-day wear and tear can take a toll on your roof. Professional roof inspections are an important part of your preventive maintenance plan. Any time you see damage to your roof following a storm, call your professional roofer.
Keep an eye on your roof, too. Inspect your roof with a pair of binoculars while you’re standing firmly on the ground. Climbing up on your roof can be very dangerous. Look for uplifted, missing and damaged shingles. If there was a hail storm, look for dents and pock marks.
Your gutter line should be straight. Blockages or gutter leaks can damage roofing materials and your home’s foundation.
Making Repairs Before Stormy Weather
Take roof repairs seriously. A very strong storm can exploit potential entry points for water and other weak points that compound your roof problems in an instant. By the time you have seen signs of roof leaks, such as water stains on your ceiling and walls, water may have already soaked and saturated roofing timber, attic insulation and other materials.
Emergency Roof Repair
Whether shingles fly away in a wind-driven storm or you see dents and loose flashing from hail or other impacts, you have an emergency roof repair on your hands. You should do three things:
- Contact your trusted Atlanta area roofer.
- Call your homeowners insurance company.
- Don’t give “storm chasers” the time of day.
Be wary of anyone knocking on your door claiming to give you a free roof inspection if you just sign a waiver to allow them on your roof. This is a common tactic that obligates the homeowner to use the company should the insurance company accept their evaluation. At the same time, you want your trusted roofing contractor to work with your insurance company for an accurate assessment.
When you need a roof inspection or an emergency roof repair, contact Pro Roofing & Siding for the very best service available in the Atlanta area.