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What Should I Do If My Roof Has Storm Damage?

A tree crushing a homeowner's roof after a storm.

Storms happen; they ravage yards, pull down trees, and can put a hurting on your roof. Sometimes, they might just knock a few roof shingles loose on your Fairless Hills residence, while other times, they can leave a massive hole that needs emergency repairs.

Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take after a storm to help make sure that you can get the repairs you need without breaking the bank:

Inspect and Document

After the storm passes, you want to inspect your roof for signs of damage. The kind of damage you will find can differ based on the type of storm that’s affected you. Wind damage may present itself as missing shingles or gutter systems, while rain damage could be wet spots.

Most of the time, you can look at the damage from the ground and take photos or videos of the signs that you notice. You should also keep notes of everything you see, as these documents will be useful when it comes time to talk to your home insurance company’s adjuster if you choose to file a claim.

Protect the Area

After you’ve documented everything you can see, you should take steps to protect the area from further damage before the insurance company’s adjuster or a roofing contractor can get an estimate. You can protect your roof from further damage by installing a tarp over the affected area to keep water and wind from tearing at the edges of the damaged area and making it worse.

Find a Roofing Expert

Once the area’s mitigated, you should contact a roofing contractor who can inspect the damage with an expert eye. A roofing specialist can identify how bad the storm damaged your roof and generate an accurate estimate for how much the roof repairs will cost. Once this is done, you should file your claim with the insurance company so you can begin repairs as soon as the insurance claim is settled.

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To find out more about what steps you should take after a storm or get a quote for gutter replacement services in Bucks County, call the team at KPI Jr. Exteriors, LLC today!