20 Sep HOW TO GET EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR SERVICES AFTER A STORM
Homeowners if you live in the DFW area, you know how susceptible we are to hailstorms. Emergency roof repair services are usually required when roofs have sustained damage from hailstorms. That means you should be prepared for emergency roof repair.
Here are the steps we recommend you take if you believe your roof needs emergency roofing service:
Get Your Roof Inspected by Your Local, Reliable Roofer
The first thing you need to do is to get your roof inspected by an experienced professional. This will provide you with a measure of the extent of the damage your roof has sustained.
For example, severe winds can rip shingles completely off the roof. That’s easy to spot. The wind can also pull shingles up while keeping them at the same location but causing rips and tears around the nails which hold them down. Such damage is often hidden under the next layer of shingles. These damages need attention and those shingles need to be replaced just as much as the missing ones.
We have previously provided information about roofing inspections and how to hire a local, trustworthy and honest roofing company for this job. You may want to read some of our posts listed below on this topic:
- How to deal with hail damages on your roof
- Hail damage related roof repair services
- Important questions to ask roofing contractors before hiring them
An experienced roofer can inspect the damage and provide a detailed estimate of what it will take to repair or replace the roof and recommendation if an emergency roof repair is needed. While the roofer is onsite it would be wise for you to ask what measures to take to keep the roof from deteriorating further while you’re still in the process of getting the repairs planned and scheduled.
File a Roof Repair Claim with Your Home Insurance Company
Most homeowners’ insurance companies cover hailstorm related damages and most homeowners have this coverage.
The next thing you should do after getting your roof inspected is file a claim with your insurance company for your roof repairs.
Most insurance companies have dedicated claims lines you can call to start the process. If you are somebody who is internet savvy, you can log into your insurance company’s website and file an online claim. The insurance company will need to know what happened, when it happened and what type of damage your roof sustained.
The insurance company will send out a claims adjuster to inspect the damage and to make an estimate of what it will take to fix it. This is where having your own roofer’s estimate available comes in handy. You can compare what you have with what the insurance adjuster is estimating.
While you are going through the claim process, please know that it can take a week or two. Having said that, you should be aware of your insurance policy terms and condition as some insurance companies expect you to take reasonable measures to keep the damage from becoming more extensive while the insurance claim process is still underway. If that is the case with your policy, you may need to cover your damaged roof with a tarp to prevent water infiltration or even undertake temporary repairs. Make certain you discuss this with your roofer. Do whatever is necessary to remain in compliance with your insurance policy.
Get more insight into insurance and claims processes for roof repairs and replacements. A recommendation for additional information is that you check out the following posts:
- Tricks to filing a roofing insurance claim
- How to read your insurance claim papers
- Roofing insurance claims and a roof warranties – things you should know
Final Step – Get the Roof Repaired
Once your insurance company approves the claim, you will need to have your local, trusted roofer do the repairs or replacement work for your roof.
The process of getting your roof repaired is simple at this stage. All you need to do is talk to your roofer, schedule a day when you want your roof repair or roof replacement to happen, choose the roofing material you want to be used on your roof (such as shingle brand, quality and color etc.).
Please note that your roofer shouldn’t charge you any advance payment. Any decent roofing company will only ask for money after all work is completed to your satisfaction. Be aware! Stay away from scammers. Do not pay advance money!
Be able to avoid roofing scammers. You are encouraged to read through the following blog posts that have been shared with our readers:
Contact Your Local and Honest Roofing Company Today!
If you live in the DFW area and your roof sustains damage during any storm, call HonestRoof immediately at 1-817-HONEST-1. We are a 60+ years old company with experience and pricing hardly anyone can match!
We offer a FREE Roof Inspection for all DFW area homeowners and we provide a detailed written estimate you can use to claim your insurance.
We will work with you, also with your insurer to make the needed repairs or replacement. Call us or email us!