One of the first things you may be tempted to do after a winter storm damages your roof is to contact your insurance company, but that may not always be the best approach. That’s because many homeowners who take this step fail to receive the compensation they deserve. So, what should you do?
First, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the steps you should take to ensure your roof damage is properly assessed. To that end, if you suspect that your roof is damaged, you should:
Have the Roof Cleared if Possible
Removing any snow or debris from the roof makes it easier to examine the damage and takes extra weight off the roof as well. If the roof is severely damaged in an area directly above a living space, place a bucket or garbage can under leaks and remove any valuables.
Inspect the Damage From the Ground
Once the roof is cleared, use a pair of binoculars to identify damaged areas. Look for damaged or missing shingles, punctures, wet or moldy patches, or places where the roof seems to sag. Estimate the general square foot of damaged areas. Take pictures to document the damage, and don’t forget to inspect your gutters, chimney, and anything else attached to your roof.
Contact a Reputable Roofing Company
A roofing company that’s experienced in storm damage restoration can properly inspect your roof damage and recommend next steps. Avoid contractors who are in the area only because of the storm. Traveling contractors who follow storms have no reputation to uphold and often provide subpar workmanship. Look for a company well-versed in the insurance claims process, like Chesapeake Remodeling, that can guide you through the process with your insurer.
Storm Damage Restoration from a Licensed Contractor
Before you call your insurance company, reach out to Chesapeake Remodeling. As experts at filing roof insurance claims and repairing storm-damaged homes and businesses, we will thoroughly inspect your roof first so that we can identify all of the damaged areas. If the damage is consistent with winter storm damage, we will recommend that you file a claim with your insurance company. We’ll then walk you through the entire claims process. If your insurer is like most others, it will send an adjuster to your home to inspect the roof damage. We will be on site when the adjuster arrives to make sure everything is properly documented. That way you will receive the maximum payout you are due.
Once you receive the insurance claims summary, we can review it with you so that you understand everything that is included and what it means for you. If necessary, we will request adjustments to the summary if it doesn’t contain all that we documented originally. After that, our team of certified craftsmen can take care of any storm damage repairs your roof needs. We can also replace your roof, if necessary; we install many types of roofing systems from some of the industry’s top manufacturers, like GAF, CertainTeed, and TAMKO.
If you would like to know more about our storm damage restoration services, contact Chesapeake Remodeling today. We offer complimentary consultations.