If a storm just blew through your neighborhood, there’s probably a lot on your mind. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure all your friends and family are safe. Then, it’s time to inspect your home.
Even if there isn’t visible damage, a storm can still cause internal damage to your roof that is dangerous to leave in place. To ensure the long-term safety of your home, it’s best to contact a roof repair specialist right away. They can evaluate the damage both internally and externally and schedule all necessary repairs. A reputable company will even work with your insurance company to ensure that you get all your entitled reimbursement.
Not sure where to start when it comes to roofing repair or roofing replacement after a storm? Read on to learn how to assess storm damage, what the process of replacing a roof looks like, and what you should be looking for in your next roofing company.
Signs of Storm Damage
After a storm blows through your town, it can be challenging to differentiate between aesthetic and structural damage. That’s why it’s a good idea to enlist the help of a reliable roof repair specialist if you spot any signs of damage.
If you’re not sure of what to look out for, here are some of the most common signs of damage you should be aware of:
- Buckling, curling, or misaligned shingles
- Water spots
- Missing or damaged tabs/shingles
- Indented or scuffed shingles – common with hail damage
- Large amounts of shingle granules scattered around your yard
- Interior stains or leaks
If you spot any of these tell-tale warning signs, it’s an indication that your roof has sustained some damage. Get your roof checked out right away to prevent the damage from compounding and causing major structural issues.
Who to Contact After a Storm Damages Your Roof
Many people are uncertain of who to contact after their roof sustains damage in a storm. There are many roofing companies out there, but not all specialize in repairs or can promptly send out a technician.
Beware large companies without a local presence that flood-damaged areas with salespeople after a storm rolls through. Known as ‘storm chasers,’ these companies target vulnerable towns and are generally known for their aggressive sales tactics, poor workmanship, and tendency to disappear after the work is done. This leaves homeowners with no recourse if the roof wasn’t built to code or if other installation issues should rightfully be covered by the company’s warranty.
Instead, find a local roofing company that has a physical office in your area. To ensure that their work can be trusted, they should also be licensed, and insured by your state.
The Process of Replacing Your Roof
Once you’ve contacted a reputable local roofing company, they’ll guide you through the process of evaluating your house for storm damage, then complete any necessary repairs.
Here’s what that process looks like:
The first thing that you need to do after a storm is arrange for a roof inspection. Otherwise, it’s impossible to tell what may have been damaged. Many roofing companies and contractors charge upwards of $100+ for a roof inspection, but community-oriented companies like Roof MD are committed to offering this service for free. During a roof inspection, the specialist will evaluate every aspect of your roof, from the exterior shingles to the internal underlayment. Using this information, they will move on to the next step – creating a Roof Report.
A Roof Report is Created:
After a Roof MD technician inspects your roof, they will organize all the information on the state of your roof and any recommendations for repairs into a Roof Report. This report is complementary and is typically issued within 2 business days of your inspection. Within the detailed report, you’ll find various options for routine and preventative maintenance and cleaning, as well as recommendations for necessary repairs.
The Work Begins:
After you receive your Roof Report, you can decide which issues you’d like to tackle first. The team at Roof MD offers a variety of services, from leak repair to total roof replacement. Our work is always performed by licensed, insured repairmen and contractors, who perform the requested work following our rigorous quality standards.
Working With Your Insurance:
Most types of homeowners insurance cover roof repair and replacement following storm damage. Instead of letting you sort through the complexities of insurance reimbursement on your own, the Roof MD team can help you by working with your insurance company to get you the most for your coverage whenever possible.
Why Quality Matters When It Comes to Your Roof
Don’t wait weeks to get a bid and more weeks to months for another roofer to finally show up. Roof MD can usually come out the next business day to assess your needs and provide a free report and cost estimate. We always stay staffed enough to keep our install schedule from being pushed out for months and have been a trusted company serving middle Tennessee since 1987.
Worried about the state of your roof following a storm? Schedule an inspection with Roof MD today.