What is it and when do you need it?
Your home's roof is the first line of defense against wind, rain, and the elements. When severe weather moves through, it is vulnerable to sudden and unexpected damage. If your faced with an emergency roofing situation, it is important to know what to do and who to call to prevent further damage to your home and its contents.
What qualifies as a roof repair emergency?
Serious types of storm damage that are considered a roof repair emergency need immediate attention to avoid further damage to your home and property. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to the insurance company to prevent further damage.
Some examples include:
A section of shingles or a metal panel is torn off by high winds and the underlying substrate is getting damaged.
A tree limb punctures through the roofing material and decking beneath.
Lightning strikes your home directly burning a hole in the roof.
In these examples, the structure of the roof is comprised. This can cause a significant amount of water to enter your home causing further damage.
Who should you call for help?
Living in Texas, you should have an experienced roofing contractor who offers emergency service in your contacts and ready to call in the event of storm damage. Look for a well-established roofing contractor with a good reputation.
In a roofing emergency, your contractor should tarp the damaged area to secure the roof. They can then properly assess the extent of the storm damage and recommend repairs. This will help if and when you make an insurance claim.
What to do until help arrives?
Do not get on the roof yourself and check for damage during a severe storm. If there is a sizable hole with water pouring through, you should turn off the main electrical supply switch. Move any personal items and furniture that is getting wet and put out containers to contain the water. If there are any items that cannot be moved, you should cover them to keep them dry.
Selz Contracting is your first and best call in the event of storm damage in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. We employ only the latest techniques and equipment to secure your site, assess the damage, and make temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage.