When a disaster happens, buildings and property usually suffer from all levels, from just a few loose boards, shingles, or other debris thrown around by the strong winds that accompany most all storms; hail is another contributor of creating damages in varying degrees, which is what affects the costs of repairs. Here are a few pointers on things you should know when it comes time to repairing roofs.
1) Access the damage
Even if you know nothing of roofs or how it takes to do repairs yourself, do not just trust the repair companies. Look for yourself, take notes of anything you see that may look off, wrong, or not like it is supposed to look like that. Write it down the details of all you see. This way, when the repair company sends their roofer over, you can go over it with him/her, pointing out what you have observed and that way the damage assessment can be more thorough. Remember that the better documented that all the damage is, the faster and smoother the process will be when dealing with the insurance company as well as with the Orland Park roofing company.
Make sure to document anything exposed that is damaged, not only check the top of the roof but also, underneath in the rafters, and joists, soft spots, wet-looking material that should not be, etc. After the storm does an assessment yourself, then when the roofing contractor comes do the walkthrough again but this time go through what you have documented discussing all that is found and document anything that the roofing contractor find in addition to your initial list. This way, you can be sure that everyone is on the same page, preventing any surprises later on.
2) Temporary Fixes
If the roof is severely damaged, make sure to check all the walls in the home or building, mainly if they were constructed with fiberboard material or like in mobile dwellings they are hollow between the paneling and the outside sheet metal with just a small amount of insulation separating the two, look and make sure of any wet or damp areas then take a closer look in and around that part of the walls. If you see moist regions, take the paneling away from the wall studs and look for any openings or water tracks, this will tell that it is no longer sealed and in need of repair as well as replacing all sealant. This is mainly for older mobile homes because they were not built really for withstanding hurricanes, tornados, flooding, or other severe weather like the ones created within the last five or so years. Until proper repairs can be made, place buckets under any of the area that may be leaking. Also, do not forget to remove anything of value to prevent more damage. A tarp can be used to cover a larger area to avoid more rain from coming into the house as well as keep small animals bugs and other things in nature from dropping in when you least expect it.
3) Contact the Insurance Company
Contact the insurance company as soon as possible; they can help with getting the proper roofing services companies to come out for estimates and repairs to begin. They can also direct you as to processing the claim so that you will not have to pay anything out of pocket except for the deductible. They can also help safeguard you and your property by making sure that any repairs that are needed are done by a roofing company that is licensed and insured along with maybe contracted by the insurance company instead of others that could be shady that may not do the repairs right or may not be upfront or honest or worse. The scammers come out of the woodwork during this time; the insurance company can help keep everything on target and accurate.
4) Make Sure the Materials Used For Repairs are Highest Quality
The roof repair is only as good as the material used and the quality of the artisanship. One is dependent on the other. The highest quality materials mean nothing without the proper training of the company repairing but on the other hand if inferior quality materials are used, there is a higher possibility of repair failure. Be proactive with the repairs done and never be afraid to ask any questions you may have. This lets everyone know that you are paying attention, which will help detour any misdealing.…