It’s been a wild, windy winter in Northern Virginia so far. Snow, rain, wind–we’ve seen it all with more to come. We’ve also seen plenty of roof damage as the elements take their toll. And storm damage doesn’t just occur in winter. Storms and hurricanes can cause damage year-round. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were 20 weather/climate disaster events with losses of more than $1 billion each in the U.S. in 2021. These events included drought, flooding, severe storms, tropical cyclones, wildfires, and winter storms. All of these can bring significant damage to your roof, siding, and beyond. But unlike many exterior elements, it can be hard to tell exactly what’s happening on the roof. So what should you do if you think your roof has been damaged in a storm?
What Steps Should I Take After A Storm?
Top shingle manufacturer CertainTeed suggests four essential steps for post-storm assessment:
- Assess damage and take photos.
- Make temporary repairs if water and wind get into your home through a damaged area.
- Save receipts with insurance reimbursement in mind.
- Contact your insurance company to begin the claims process.
All are great tips, but they come with a caveat when dealing with roof damage. As a homeowner, you can’t see most wind and hail damage from street level. You need someone on the roof to conduct a thorough inspection. That person probably shouldn’t be you– for both safety and financial reasons. Instead, it pays to hire a pro for a free roof inspection.
Checking The Roof? Keep Safety In Mind
Most homeowners don’t have the skills or expertise to assess roof damage thoroughly. Getting up on the roof is also a safety issue. Roof-related accidents are particularly hazardous. Add in snow and ice, and it’s a no-brainer. In addition, most homeowners simply don’t know what to look for when it comes to roof damage. It’s just not worth the risk.
What Damage Should I Look For After A Storm
As a homeowner, you should work with your roofing contractor to look for:
- Dented torn or missing shingles
- Dented or loose gutters
- Damage to vents
- Broken or cracked windows or loose weather stripping
- Interior leaks, including in the attic
How Can My Roofer Help With My Insurance Claim?
Your homeowner’s insurance policy should cover damage from hail, wind, and snow. It’s essential to have a qualified roofing company assess the damage before filing your claim.
Your roofing team has the expertise to catch things homeowners miss. A qualified roofing company will walk you through the process and provide a comprehensive estimate to your insurance company. Working with a professional roofing company simplifies the claims process and helps you ensure a solid settlement. Hiring a professional team keeps you safe and makes financial sense.
DryHome Roofing & Siding boasts a team of insurance experts who are qualified to inspect your home. They approach every inspection with safety and thoroughness in mind. If winter storms have put your exterior through the wringer, DryHome can check your roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. We’ll catch every detail and make sure you get the settlement you deserve… and, of course, a quality repair or replacement.