A common mistake homeowners make after a storm is calling their insurance company first. While it is important to contact them as soon as possible, some things take precedence. For one, you should determine if your home, especially the roof, has sustained damage at all. Knowing the kind of damage it has received can also speed up your claims process later on.
As an experienced roofing contractor, Koziatek Contracting has dealt with all kinds of storm damage. Here’s how you handle each one:
Most roofing systems are designed to withstand the normal winds, but over the years, the everyday exposure to the elements can compromise their durability. Which means that at some point, your roof might not be able to handle a storm, resulting in water damage and structural deterioration. The wind usually affects your shingles the most, so when inspecting your home note any changes in your roofing shingles. Discolorations, missing granules, and misshapen shingles are all signs of wind damage.
We recommend calling a roofing professional immediately when you notice any damage. The repairs will be easier and much less expensive when you address the problem early. Don’t attempt to perform the repairs yourself, as this can be risky. Instead, take photos of the damage as evidence for your insurance company.
Hail does not happen often, but when it does, it can be destructive. The good thing is, unlike wind damage, hail damage is more visible. When checking your home, look for signs of bruising, cracking, or missing granules. These are likely caused by the hard pellets hitting your roof.
If you can’t see any damage from ground level, it’s best to contact an expert for a more thorough inspection. This way, we can determine whether there are more serious, structural issues on your roof and provide the necessary roof repair.
For emergency roof repairs, turn to Koziatek Contracting. We serve St. Charles and the surrounding MO areas. Call us today at (314) 837-8262 to get a free roofing quote.