Written by JBS Roofing

What is the Process if My Roof is Damaged?

Your roof is always exposed to the elements and can very easily become damaged from a passing storm at any time of the year. Aside from loose shingles, strong winds and hail can also wreak havoc on gutters, paint and doors. Leaks can form, forming mildew and causing damage to the inside of your house. If you are having trouble with your roof, call an experienced roofing company for a consultation. If there is damage, the company can help you with an insurance claim.

This process happens in three important steps.

Inspection

After a storm, your first inclination may be to contact your insurance company immediately to file a report. In reality, it is better to call a professional roofing company to thoroughly inspect your roof to see if there is any damage. If the roof is intact, there is no need to put in a claim, and you can save yourself the hassle. If the roof was damaged, the company can prepare an inspection report that includes the location and severity of the problem. It will also contain a repair estimate of the roof and any other areas that require work. If you have already gone ahead and started a claim process with your insurance company, the roofers can take over and move on from there.

Insurance Claim

After filing your claim, your insurance company will follow up with many detailed questions about the roof damage. It will want to know the condition of the roof before the storm and will likely want one of its adjusters to perform an inspection as well. The roofing company can come out to your home and work along with the adjuster to explain the damage that was found. While you may not feel comfortable sharing your contact and claim details with the roofing company, it is important so the company can help in every way possible to get your roof repaired. If any additional damage is found, the roofers can then easily add it on to the claim.

Repair

Roof Inspection

Before you commit to a roofing company, you need to determine if it is also a contractor so you know the exact range of work it can do. For example, if the company only provides roofing services, you will need to find special contractors for gutter replacement, exterior painting and any damage that was done to the inside of the house. There may be other needed repairs that will require more contractors. Get everything in writing and check the company’s references and licensing. Talking to former customers can be helpful, and be sure to look at online ratings and feedback. Qualified roof repair experts will perform all aspects of the repair job and only work with sub-contractors it trusts. It will be on the job every day and will do its best to complete the work within the estimated time frame.

The roof is one of the most important features of your home. If it becomes damaged by weather or other events, it needs to be repaired immediately to prevent further problems. Call a roofing company right away for an inspection and assistance with the insurance claim process. Following these steps will help you quickly get your roof repaired so you can get back to enjoying your home.