A roof disaster is certainly an unexpected and stressful situation, and it can be hard to sort out what to do first.
Especially if it’s extensive, roof damage can be unnerving. But don’t panic. Instead, prepare to get help. If your roof is severely damaged, call a professional roofing contractor to place a tarp and help secure your roof and protect your home from further damage. This will give you time to consider your options.
If a storm system has caused damaged to your home, be wary of “storm chaser” roofing companies who seek out homeowners. They may not be locally-based or reputable.
Assess your damage
Check your roof for signs of damage after a storm or a falling limb or tree. You’ll probably have to wait for daylight if your damage occurs at night, but use a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at your roof.
Don’t try to climb on it for a better look, because it could be quite dangerous. Instead, use the binoculars to look for signs of damage such as missing shingles and visible or exposed plywood or tar paper. You can also take photos.
Protect your property
If your roof is damaged directly above a living space, you’ll need to protect your furnishings, flooring, and possessions. This can be true in other areas as well, since water can work its way along roof panels or wood in the attic and drip into your attic or living space. You can actually have leaks far away from the actual damage.
Move valuables and other possession out of the way as much as possible, and place a large bucket or garbage can underneath any leaks.
Contact your insurance company
Most insurance companies and policies cover damage due to hail, fallen trees, and other types of sudden damage. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible, especially if damage is widespread because of a storm.
If your damage is minor, you may want to consider paying for it out-of-pocket rather than filing an insurance claim.
Hire a reputable roofing contractor
Contact a reliable, reputable roofing contractor for roof repairs or replacement. It should be a local company that’s state certified, licensed, and insured. The company should offer a contract that spells out exactly what they’ll do and when and how much it will cost you.
If your roof has suffered damage, contact First Quality Roofing & Insulation in Las Vegas at 702-262-7847 for help today. We have an excellent reputation in the Las Vegas area, providing quality roof repairs or roof replacement. We’re professional and experienced and have earned an Angie’s List Super Service Award for five consecutive years.