Five Reasons Why You Should Get Your Roof Inspected After a Storm

 Daryl Gentry

 September 24, 2020


After heavy rainfall, there are sure to be puddles in the yard and a little moisture in the basement. However, you may also want to turn your attention to the roof. It's your first line of defense between you and the elements. Sometimes, it can have issues after a storm of which you're unaware.

Scheduling a roof inspection to check for storm damage is important. This investment is essential so that your roof lasts a long time. Replacing it is sure to be an expensive home improvement that you don't want to take on until it's time. Compared to other repairs, putting on a new roof is one of the most expensive repairs you may have for your home.

Relying on certified roofing contractors to handle the work is your best option to make sure. Your roof and home are protected. Schedule them to come out periodically, such as with the season changes.

However, after a storm, it's best to request roofing services again. There is often damage done to your roof that you may not be aware of, but the trained eye of your local roofers can spot the damage and help stop it before it gets worse.

Protect Structural Integrity

Any time you suspect that damage has been done to your roof, you should schedule a roof inspection. This is going to help you see if the roof is now compromised.

A roof repair is often less expensive than a new roof for your home. However, if you don't get the work done promptly, it could lead to even more damage. Water damage is common from leaks, but this is easier to fix when it first starts.

Leaks aren't the only sign of damage, though. Inspection services from a roofing professional can spot other red flags. These include peeling paint on the siding, granule erosion, and mold growth.

Start Insurance Claims

As a customer with an insurance policy, you may think it's easy to start your insurance claim. However, the business probably wants you to receive quotes from a few roofing professionals first. Roofing companies can deal directly with the insurance for you, helping to give you peace of mind.

The top option here is to file the claim as soon as it happens. That way, you remember the date/time of the storm. You can also take pictures of the damage and any hailstones if applicable.

Take pictures of the roof itself. You may want to wait until the roofing professional arrives. That way, he or she can do this because it's quite dangerous. Generally, roofing experts can't start the work until the insurance claim is accepted.

Prevent More Damage

Even if the roofing professional can't start the work yet, they can still prevent more damage from happening. Ask them to add a tarp to the affected area to keep any more rain from getting inside. Make sure that they also inspect the attic for other signs of roof issues.

Get Estimates for Repairs

Having a certified roofing contractor inspect your roof will help make sure that your repairs are covered. 

With their experience, the roofers will know what to look for and make sure that all the repairs that need to be done are included in the estimate.

Oftentimes, as homeowners, you can't see the signs of a potential problem.  A roofing company will be able to make sure that a small problem is fixed and won't turn into a much larger, and more costly repair in the future. 

Ensure Your Safety

Of course, you want to protect your roof and the people living in your home. Be proactive in keeping potential issues at bay. If a roof isn't repaired properly, it can cause problems for you and your family.

Generally, roofing professionals check your home for any mold growth. These services should be a part of the estimate. Make sure your roofing expert checks the attic, ceilings, and even the floor.

Mold can grow almost anywhere. Just because it's near the flooring doesn't mean you don't have a roof problem.

In most cases, inclement weather isn't going to make the house inhabitable, especially if you handle it quickly. Still, it's always an excellent idea to hire a roofing professional to inspect all roof and ceiling areas. Then, they can recommend the right options so that your roof will protect your home and family.

How to Find The Best Roofing Contractors

When searching for roofer companies, you can see that there are many out there. Consider asking friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others who they used in the past. This will help you get a list together so that you can choose the right contractor. This person should provide a variety of roofing services, such as roof replacement and repairs.

You should research roofing contractors to make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Consider checking reviews from each roofing professional, as well.

Look for roofers that provide free inspection and estimates of your roof. Make sure you tell them the work you have and get all the pertinent information. Then, request the quote in writing to ensure it covers everything.

Contact TK Roofing and Gutters, Your Storm Damage Experts

As insurance specialists, we have the experience and knowledge to help you if your roof and home has been damaged in a storm.

This can be a stressful time for you, and we are here to help. We'll contact your insurance company, give you a free inspection, meet with the insurance adjuster, and go over all your options step by step.