Lenox Roofing proudly brings you this 6 step roofing checklist for roof storm damage. Probably, the most important thing you should do after a storm is to inspect your roof carefully. A basic inspection is enough to prevent the exorbitant cost of roof replacement or fixing interior damage that usually occurs because of water intrusion. With that in mind, we have prepared this checklist that you should go through after strong winds, heavy rainfall or a big storm hits your home.
1. Examine the Roof
The first thing that we recommend to homeowners is to check their roofs and look out for any signs of wear or tear or storm damage. Take photos and note everything you can find related to your storm roof damage. These photos will come in handy while dealing with your insurance company. After a storm or any extreme weather event, make sure to check for damaged, missing, or curled shingles. Additionally, look out for dents and holes on your roof.
2. Inspect the Windows, Vents, and Gutters
The second step is to check whether your gutter, vents, and windows have sustained any damage during the storm. The most common types of damage on windows include torn screens, broken glass, and damaged weather-stripping.
Check your vents and gutters for any dents in them. While you’re at it, check them for debris buildup. Excess debris can clog them, which in turn, can lead to serious roofing damage including leaks and mold growth.
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3. Remove Debris
Another important thing that you cannot ignore to check after a storm is to inspect the entire boundary of your home for any signs of storm damage. If you discover any fallen branches, or hail damage, trees, or hail damage on your patio or deck, remember to take their photos without wasting any time. You may also see damage to your fence, decorations, or outdoor furniture. Make sure to take note of everything.
4. Check for Water Spots and Roof Leaks
Even if there are no visible signs of damage on your roof, it doesn’t mean that the storm has not affected it in any way. Most often, if your roof was old or weak or the gutters were overflowing, you might notice water spots on your walls and ceiling or even in the attic. While examining this type of damage, use a flashlight to avoid missing anything.
5. Get In Touch With a Trusted Roofing Contractor
Now that you have gathered all the required documents and photos, contact our experts immediately. Our professionals will visit your home soon after and perform a thorough inspection to examine the real extent of the damage. Afterward, we will provide you with a fair estimate.
6. Contact Your Homeowners Insurance Company
If your roof has suffered significant damage, make sure to call your insurance company and file a claim right away. They will check your claim and if they think the claim is valid, they will pay you for your roof repairs or replacement.