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Repairing a Roof After a Major Storm

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

a roof with shingles missing Bad weather is a roof’s enemy, and it can mean major headaches for a homeowner.

If you are a homeowner in Woburn, MA who hasn’t had a roof inspection in years, you know the anxiety of a thunderstorm forecast. It can mean leaking, hail damage or even repairs to attics and ceilings. Particularly for severe weather, but also for lighter rain, it’s essential that you know the status of your roof and when shingles need to be replaced. The following steps will help you manage the roof repair process after a large wind or hail storm.

1. Prevention

If you’ve already experienced the weather event that caused damage, you can skip this step and learn from the error. Otherwise, keep in mind that mitigating the risk is the best way to avoid large bills. Get a regular roof inspection to identify weak areas. Many roofing companies will do a free assessment, and small repairs can help fix issues that would otherwise compound quickly.

2. Attic/Ceiling Drying

At this point, the storm has passed and you are looking at the results. Perhaps there is evidence of wetness on your ceiling, or even more ominous, actual water pooling in an attic area. The first action to take is to begin drying out items. If the flooring is wet, you should contact a professional remediation company to check for mold. Move anything you are able, such as boxes or furniture, to a well-ventilated area to dry out.

3. Roof Repair and Insurance

The next obvious step is to check for roof damage, but before contacting company to do the roof repair, call your insurance professional. They will be able to walk you through the process by giving you an idea of the deductible you will pay and what documentation you need to provide. If there is extensive hail or wind damage, there might be cause for a complete replacement, so following the proper process with insurance can help you avoid major expenses.

Have your roof regularly inspected for weaknesses. In the event you have leaking, immediately dry the ceiling and attic and contact your insurance company to begin fixing the problems.

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