One of the first few things you should do once a storm hits your area is to call your residential roofing contractor, especially if your home has sustained substantial damage. The roofer will assess your roof’s condition, calculate the repair costs and create a thorough documentation that your insurance provider will later require. The following are the things you can do while waiting for your roofing contractor.
Ensure Your Family’s Safety
Have your family stay in a dry and safe part of the house. Go around the house and check for broken glass or other similar hazards, then clear the paths of debris. Inspect any electrical damage within the house, and turn off the power mains if you find any. Do the same thing with gas. During your inspection, make it a point to check for signs of leaks, from the basement to the attic. If the extent of the roofing damage makes it impossible to stay in your home, make arrangements for your family to stay at relatives or at a nearby hotel.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Once you have made sure of your family’s safety, your insurance provider will need to be notified of the storm damage, and the sooner you get a representative on the phone, the faster you get the insurance process started. One of the first things your insurance adjuster will look for is proper documentation of the roofing damage, assessed by a roofing professional. This also includes a repair or new roof estimate, as the case may be. The actual insurance payout will be affected by many factors, such as your deductibles, premiums as well as the actual condition of your roof.
Turn Away Storm Chasers
At this point, people may come knocking at your door and offer low-cost repairs. These people are called “storm chasers” and should be avoided at all costs. They provide cleverly-disguised subpar roofing work, which you won’t notice until the next storm hits. These unauthorized repairs are not covered by your insurance provider, and will likely void your roofing warranties. Keep in mind that no matter how severe the storm damage is, roof repairs should only be conducted by your trusted professionals.
To learn more about handling storm damage, or if you need a contractor who provides emergency roof services, call Jarhead Construction, Inc. today at (309) 588-4471. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve many areas in and near Champaign, IL.