Winter in Michigan can be hard on your roof. But after a long, cold winter leaving often unseen ice and precipitation damage on your roof, your shingles are more vulnerable than ever against spring storms. Unfortunately, without a complete roof inspection, you can’t be completely certain that your roof is up to the challenge.
At J&J Roofing in Roseville, our roof repair team is here to help when spring storms strike. In this blog entry, we’re sharing a step-by-step guide for homeowners responding to storm damage on their roofs. Keep this list bookmarked and then contact our residential roofers if you’re in need of roof repair!
1. Inspect Your Property
A severe storm with high winds can be intense. If you suspect there may be damage to your home, the first thing you should do is make sure it’s completely safe to inspect your property. Remember that there can be hidden dangers like broken tree branches and downed power lines, so use caution.
If you deem it safe to do so safely, take a walk around your property with your cell phone in hand. Be sure to snap photos for your insurance company. Start inside your home by inspecting windows and looking for leaks. Note any shingles on the ground or obvious damage, but save the climbing for an experienced and licensed residential roofer.
2. Employ Stopgap Measures
If there is water leaking into your home or your interior is exposed in any way, do what you can to slow the damage with temporary measures. A tarp or plywood can be used to stop water from getting in through a broken door or window. Remember to snap photos before you cover the damage.
3. Make a List
Having good records is essential to communicating with your roof repair team as well as your insurance company. Be sure to keep track of any personal property damage inside your home as well as any damage to your home’s exterior.
4. Contact a Roof Repair Contractor
Before you take any further steps, contact J&J Roofing to get a free estimate on your roof repair. We offer virtual consultations, which is where those pictures will come in handy. Steer clear of door-to-door contractors that aren’t licensed and certified.
5. Call Your Insurance Company
You’ll want to get in touch with your insurance company as soon as you’re able to do so. Find out what’s covered by your policy so you’ll know what to expect during the roof repair process and understand your deductible.
Call for a Macomb County Roofing Estimate
Don’t wait until disaster strikes to protect your home from roof damage. If your roof is more than a decade old or shows signs of wear and tear, call to get a roofing inspection and extend the lifespan of your home. Connect with a residential roofer at 586-445-6455 or contact us online today!