What to Do After a Storm Hits

When severe weather moves through the Atlanta area delivering tropical storm-strength winds and torrential rain, it can wreak havoc on your roof. Your immediate priorities after such a storm hits are ensuring your family’s safety and protecting your home and its contents from further harm. Here is some advice on what to do after a damaging storm, so life can get back to normal as quickly as possible:

Get Immediate Help For Serious Roof Injuries

If a fallen tree limb has gone through your roof, or a large area of shingles or tiles have been torn off by the wind and water is pouring into your attic, call a dependable roofer who offers 24-hour emergency service. Skilled Atlanta roofers can take appropriate steps like tarping the damaged section to keep additional water from entering over the short term.

Investigate for Signs of Additional Damage

For your safety, don’t climb up onto the roof but walk around the outside of your home to check for less obvious damage from ground level. Look for patches of bare underlayment or decking, lifted, curled or torn-off shingles or tiles, damaged or missing edge, eave and penetration flashing, or dented or loose metal panels. Back indoors, go up to the attic armed with a flashlight and look for water drips, fresh stains on the underside of the sheathing, or soggy insulation.

Schedule an In-Depth Roof Inspection

If you find concerning signs of storm damage or you’re unsure about conditions up on your rooftop, contact your roofer for a thorough inspection. Just a few cracked shingles or tiles can result in slow leaks that cause costly interior damage if they’re not identified and addressed promptly. Trustworthy Atlanta roofers will take photos and document the damage, and provide you with a detailed inspection report.

Contact Your Homeowner’s Insurance Company

Once you know your roof has sustained damage, call your insurer to let them know. They’ll advise you on the process for filing a claim, and set a time to have an adjuster visit. If you have an inspection completed by a reputable and experienced roofer, they should be more than willing to assist with the claims process, so you have peace of mind that your roof will be repaired fully, with quality workmanship and materials.

If your roof has suffered storm damage and you need help, contact us at Pro Roofing & Siding, the trusted, experienced Atlanta Roofers.

Read: What You Need to Know about Wind Damage and Your Home