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Roof Repair and Replacement Tips After Storm Damage

Storms. Although they’re something that none of us want to ever experience, the reality is that we can’t control Mother Nature. Therefore, sometimes storms do happen. And if your home has recently experienced the after-effects of one, it can sometimes lead to expensive roof damage.

The good news is that there are things that you can do to help to get your roof repaired and, if need be, replaced. If you’re interested in knowing some of the steps that you should take in order to make that happen, please continue reading.

Call your insurance agent. One of the biggest mistakes that people make after a storm has done some level of damage to their home is not contacting their insurance company as soon as possible to let them know what happened. Thanks to the many capabilities of smartphones, they will probably ask you to take pictures or even shoot video footage of the scene. That way they can assess if a claim needs to be filed. Don’t delay in doing this. The longer you take, the more challenging it may be for your insurance company to help you.

Consult a professional for structural issues. If you happened to have a tree fall on top of your home, there’s a pretty good chance that it has caused some level of structural damage to your house. That’s why, if there’s a tree on your roof, don’t go into the house until you have called a professional roofing company to come out an inspect it. At best, they can remove the tree and repair the roof. At worst, you may need to contact a contractor to have some structural repairs done.

Check the ground for signs of damage. Sometimes, finding out what’s wrong with your roof is a matter of looking down on the ground around your home. If you happen to see only a few missing shingles and everything else appears to be intact, you can actually repair those on your own. One website that can walk you through the process is This Old House. Just go to the site and put “how to fix damaged shingles” in the search field.

Look for hail. Speaking of signs of damage, if you just survived a hail storm, this is something else that you should check your roof for. Typically, if it’s been damaged by hail, you will see what looks like little dimples in your shingles. If there are a lot of them, don’t attempt to repair the shingles on your own. Contact a professional roofing company instead.

Inspect your attic and ceilings for leaks. If you were to go to a website like for signs that roof repair is required due to a storm, one of the things that it would probably mention is that you should pay attention to if your attic or your ceilings are leaking water. Although this is sometimes difficult to detect unless it is literally raining outside, one surefire way to know that your roof may need to be repaired is if you see big water rings on the ceiling. If you see them, also contact a professional as soon as possible.

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