We have seen the damage that intense storms and weather systems bring to homeowners here in Northern Georgia. We understand that storm season can be a stressful time, especially if you don’t have confidence in the stability of your roof. We want you to be certain that your roof is solid enough to take what Mother Nature throws at it. ProRoofing has proudly been there for Atlanta’s communities, and your safety and security genuinely matters to us.
We want you to be prepared for whatever might happen during the storm season and show you what you can do to reduce your roof damage. Although sometimes, storms can be so rough that the damage is simply out of your control. In that case, we want you to know the next steps after your roof takes storm damage, and how to choose the right roofer to fix the problem. A reliable and secure roof can go underappreciated as we often don’t think of it until there’s something wrong with it. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right roofer to install your roof, so you can have that peace of mind that you will be ok, even when the storms come.
Contact us to schedule your free inspection on your roof! We can tell you what you might need to protect yourself from the storms this season.
What you need to Know about Storm Season in Georgia:
Being located here in Northern Georgia, we can get hit by various storms and weather systems. Our subtropical climate in Atlanta opens us up to thunderstorms year-round, hailstorms, and occasionally we get hit by hurricanes. A well-built roof is crucial to keeping what you hold valuable safe during storm season. We recommend that you take the necessary precautions to ensure that your roof can weather the storm.
Proper preventative maintenance on your roof means being aware of signs of damage and keeping your roofing systems clean.
- Remove all debris from your roof.
- Clear all drains and gutters.
- Inspect the roof’s surface.
- Inspect roof penetrations (i.e., pipes, drains, vents).
- Inspect the perimeter of the roof for soft spots, mold, or anything that raises concern.
- Inspect the sealant.
- Prevent leaks before they start by identifying leak-prone areas.
Sometimes proper roof maintenance involves needing to get up on your roof to do a closer inspection, but that could be unsafe if you’re not used to moving on a slanted surface. Please be safe and give us a call to do a free inspection instead.
Atlanta is in a particular area of the US that gets frequent thunderstorms throughout the year. This consistent exposure to a wet climate could damage or at least lead to the deterioration of the materials on your roof. Shingles can break down over time when they are incredibly damp, leading to more significant problems if not correctly taken care of.
Rain damage can harm both the exterior and the interior of your home. If you are not regularly doing roofing maintenance, leaks, mold, and other signs of damage can start to show up. Homeowners need to keep their roof clean of growth and debris so that there are no areas of your roof that water can collect and sit. These pools of water can create rotted wood or plant growth in your home. If you can identify the signs of damage and prepare your roof for the storms, your roof will stay in good shape.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain can be bad for your roof, but hail can be even more harmful. Sometimes hail pellets can fall at a size of 2 inches in diameter, which at this size can put some severe dents into your shingles. After there’s an intense hailstorm in your area, do your best to inspect your roof to see if there are any visible damages. Additionally, it is always a good idea to contact your local roofing contractor to do a quick inspection of your property.
Hail damage obviously can be incredibly damaging to anything and everything on our property. In a previous blog, we go over common ways your roof can be damaged by hailstorms and how to check for damage. It is vital not to neglect your roof after a massive hailstorm. If you ignore the small dents, they could grow into a more costly problem after the next storm.
Hurricanes & Wind Damage
Although it’s not very common around Northern Georgia, hurricanes and heavy winds are the real tests to a roof’s quality and stability. Just because Atlanta doesn’t often get hurricanes, doesn’t mean that they are entirely safe from them. Homeowners should conduct regular roof maintenance to make sure that you are ready for storm season. If preventative steps are not taken before the storm season, hurricanes can surely harass your roof. Most notably because of all the damage that incredibly high winds can cause to an older roof.
High winds from a particularly intense storm can be incredibly harmful to your roof, especially if it is older or poorly constructed. These winds can loosen and possibly even lift asphalt shingles from your roof, creating bare spots that are aesthetically unattractive and welcoming for leaks.
Seeing loose or fallen shingles is something that should be repaired right away. Ignoring a bald patch on your roof can only lead to further problems, at an even higher cost to repair. If you see any of these signs of wind damage on your roof, contact a local roofing contractor to do an inspection. They can recommend exactly what your roof might need. All you need to know about preparing your roof to protect it from wind damage can be seen in our past blog.
During storm season, winds can become so strong that they can rip branches off trees and cause other lightweight objects to go flying. Often times, that just means that your garbage bin ends up down the road from you, but in the worst case, it could mean a tree branch going through your roof. It is crucial to make sure that debris on your roof is promptly removed as objects on your roof can impede water flow. If there are just some loose materials such as leaves or shingles, a common way to remove them is simply to blow it off with a leaf blower. But if a big storm sends larger debris onto your roof, such as tree branches or electrical poles, please contact your local roofer to remove and dispose of it. Contact your local storm damage restoration roofer, to make sure the job is done right.
Half the battle for protecting your roof is conducting preventative maintenance before the storm, but it is also equally important to know what to do after. A local roofer that’s always available to help you out in an emergency should be a connection that every homeowner has. Give our team at ProRoofing a call, we would love to help you out with all your roofing needs.
What to do After A Storm Hits
Storm season can last from June through November here in Georgia. However, even if you do all the necessary preventative measures to protect your home from the elements, storms can still wreak havoc. We want you to know that we will do all we can to help rebuild your home if the worst happens.
After a storm hits your home, check for any apparent damage once it is safe to do so. If you suspect that your roof sustained damage, call a local roofer and immediately file a damage claim with your insurance company. If a hurricane does extreme damage to your home, call a trusted roofer that is experienced in storm damage restorations. A roof is one of those things that should be built to last, and getting a Storm Chaser to do your repairs could be only a very temporary solution.
Choosing the Right Roofer
When you notice storm damage on your roof, your first instinct is to fix the issue as quickly as you possibly can. However, we urge you to be careful while doing this. There are people that travel from state to state to quickly “fix” roofs for homeowners in vulnerable situations. Often times these roofers are unlicensed and don’t care if their work only lasts an hour after they leave. They already have your money and are gone as quickly as they came. These people go by a lot of names but are most commonly known as Storm Chasers.
We understand that if you find a leak in your roof or signs of more considerable damage during a storm, it could be incredibly startling. However, it is important to stay level headed and make sure that you contact the right roofer for emergency services. When you do your search for a roofing professional, it shouldn’t just be anybody with a hammer and a ladder. Choosing a local roofer is the best choice for storm damage restoration. Our previous blog posts go into much more detail on why local roofers are better for the job, but to sum it up:
- They know the area
- They’ve been around for a while and have built an excellent reputation
- They’re easy to contact
- They’re honest and straight up
- They will give you a fair price
- They understand the insurance claim process
ProRoofing and Siding is a trusted roofing contractor that is local to the Atlanta area. If you were just hit by a massive storm, reach out to our team, and we will be there to make sure your roof stays sturdy and secure.
Filing a Claim with Insurance
The one thing that should not be procrastinated is filing your claim for storm damage with your insurance company. If your current roofer cannot walk you through the process of filing a claim, you may want to speak with one of our ProRoofing and Siding representatives. We are happy to help guide you through each step in the process and explain what your exclusions and limitations of your coverage area.
Exclusions and Limitations of your Coverage
You should be aware of what your insurance policy may include or exclude in its coverage. Not all policies will cover roof repairs and replacements. There may be some clauses in your coverage that point to exclusions to what your insurance company would pay for. This is why we need to know what insurance company you are with, and which costs your policy will cover. We will also need to clarify if your coverage includes other aspects of your home, such as gutters, siding, windows, etc. From this point, we can help you through a smooth, hassle-free insurance claim process.
Steps for Hassle-Free Insurance Claims
Once we have verified with your insurance company which services or costs are covered under your policy, we can get to help you through the process of filing your insurance claim.
- Our skilled team will conduct a thorough roof inspection to capture all the damage the storm may have caused.
- We will confirm this damage and create a record for filing with your insurance company.
- We will organize a meeting with an insurance adjuster to conduct an inspection together.
- We will proceed with the roof restoration work.
- Your deductible should be your maximum out of the pocket expense.
It is also worth noting that when your insurance company is assessing your claim, the quality of the restoration job matters. That is why you must go with an emergency roofer that you trust, and one that has the experience to make sure this process is as stress-free as possible. Give us a call today for any assistance with filing a storm damage claim with your insurance company.
Storm Restoration FAQs
Do you work directly with insurance companies with hail/storm damage claims?
Yes, here at ProRoofing, we work with nearly every insurance company to ensure that you get the compensation that your coverage entitles you to. With our thorough roofing inspection, we can make sure that no damages go overlooked, and the appropriate solutions are put into place.
If I file a storm damage claim with my insurance, will my premiums automatically increase?
No, insurance companies cannot legally penalize you for making a damage claim caused by forces out of your control. It would be counterproductive for the insurance company to increase your premium every time you made a claim. If they did that, nobody would make a claim, and the purpose of insurance is irrelevant.
My roof looks fine from ground level, how can I tell if I have significant enough damage to file a claim with my insurance?
From the ground level, you might not be able to see all the signs of storm damage. Often times hail damage in a roof looks like small dents or divots in your shingles, and if ignored can lead to more significant issues down the line. That is why it is valuable to hire a local roofing company to get up on your roof and do a comprehensive inspection.
What should I do first? Call a roofer, or file my damage claim?
It is crucial that you call a storm restoration roofer as soon as you notice the damage. This is so that the leak or water damage can be first taken care of and not lead to further damage. At the same time, you shouldn’t wait to call your insurance company about the damage. But it is unrealistic to wait for an adjuster to come to look at the damage before fixing the leak. When you go to file a claim, they will need an assessment of the damage and an estimate to fix it anyways. Call our team today to be proactive and make sure your roof stays in good shape.
The damage to my roof wasn’t that bad, and I don’t want to deal with my insurance company. Can I just leave it?
We urge you that even if you don’t think the damage is that bad, you should still have it taken care of. Damages on your roof will only worsen over time when neglected. That’s why it’s so essential that you get a local roofer to come and do the necessary repairs that will last.
Are you Licensed and Insured?
Yes! ProRoofing and Siding is fully insured and a licensed roofing contractor in the state of Georgia.
Do you offer free inspections?
Yes, we do! Give our team a call today to schedule your free inspection.