The powerful gusts of wind, flying debris, and torrential rains from a storm can wreak havoc on your home exterior, and your roof is likely to take the worst part.
While many problems could be merely cosmetic, some could be signs of more severe issues that might need immediate attention and professional help from a licensed roofing contractor.
The following checklist will help you identify what needs to be done after a storm has passed through your area and what to do:
How to Check for Storm Damage to Your Roof
1. Visually Assess Roof Damage From the Ground
Walk around the perimeter of your house to inspect for damage. Look for curling or missing shingles, damaged gutters, downspouts, and soffits. You could even find some fallen shingles lying in your yard.
If you have a window that gives you a good view of parts of your roof, you might want to document anything you see by writing notes and taking pictures that can be used for insurance purposes later on.
Keep in mind that climbing and walking on a damaged roof could be dangerous as the damaged material could be extremely fragile.
2. Assess Damage From the Interior of Your Home
The exterior of your home may appear undamaged, yet wind and hail can cause leaks that will lead to more significant issues down the road.
Observe your windows and skylights for cracks or breaks from flying objects. Additionally, inspect the attic space, walls, and ceiling looking for cracks, water stains, or active leaks.
3. Contact a Reputable Roofing Contractor
A professional roofing contractor will thoroughly inspect your roof to determine the extent of the damage and advise you on the next steps.
Besides knowing how to perform this safely, their trained eyes will likely spot things yours might miss and capture it in photos or video for your insurance company.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
Once you have identified the damage, you must immediately get your homeowner's insurance provider and start the process to file a claim based on their guidelines and insurance policy.
Contact Pro Roofing & Siding
If your Metro Atlanta home was hit particularly hard by a large storm, don't hesitate to contact Pro Roofing & Siding to get a free inspection and estimate for roof damage repair or complete roof replacement.
You can count on us in case of an emergency to be there immediately, start doing any emergency repairs needed and work alongside your insurance company to ensure you get the deductible you're entitled to receive. Contact us today by calling or submitting your information for our team to get back to you.