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May 29th, 2017


What to do in a Roofing Disaster

It’s common knowledge that the Savannah area sits in a hurricane-prone location, as was evident this past year with Hurricane Matthew. What about a tree falling onto your roof or a strong gust of wind tearing off an already unstable section? It’s quite difficult to anticipate the moment when a serious weather condition will damage your home, but if the situation arises, it’s important to know what steps to take following the disaster.

What Is a Roofing Disaster?

Once a roofing system has been damaged, the potential for water damage skyrockets. Typical emergency roof repair will involve a protective tarp that covers the broken (or missing) area. If a contractor is called in the middle of the night, they’ll usually wait until the storm subsides before rushing into the action. If it’s a fire-related incident, they’ll usually come right away to start getting the structure back into a more water-tight condition. Safety for the workers comes first. Once the weather has passed (or the fire has been put out), then the interior and structural damage will be examined and repaired.

What Should You Do?

1. Assess the damage.

The first step is venturing outside or exploring upstairs and seeing what the real damage is. This information will not only be helpful once you call in the experts and gain a better idea of the potential costs, but it will also be vital information for your insurance company. Use binoculars, if you have them, to gain a better picture of the specific details of the damaged area(s). Also look for signs of exposed plywood and missing shingles. Knowing the color and approximate shade of material will help the repair process. While you’re assessing the damage, begin to document it by taking pictures for insurance purposes.

2. Contact your insurance company.

With the help of detailed information from your examination plus the documented photos of the damage, the insurance company will be able to determine whether or not you’re covered via home insurance.

3. Repair what you can.

We’re not saying to climb onto a ladder and up onto your roof and start hammering away. Rather, if there’s water leaking from the ceiling, place a tarp and bucket on the floor to prevent further damage; also remove valuables from the area, so that they don’t become damaged. If there are pieces of roofing material scattered around your yard, take the steps needed to bring the materials together and your yard back to order.

4. Call a roofing expert.

RPI has been the premier residential roofing company in Savannah since 2006. Once you know the damage that’s been done, or are completely lost and need guidance, help, or a roof repair, call us.