Storm Damage Roof Repair
The Peoria area gets its share of severe thunderstorms and high winds. In most storms you get lucky, in that nothing happens and you forget about the storm soon.
But sometimes a storm knocks debris onto your roof, rips roof shingles up or off, or launches something at your roof that punctures it. Whatever happened during that last storm, Landmark Roofing can help.
What to do if a storm has damaged your roof
Call a roofer right away. The longer you wait the harder it will be for you to prove storm damage to your homeowner's insurance company. Waiting means they're more likely to argue that the damage came from something else - something they don't have to pay for.
We can also tell you if the repair is likely to fall under your deductible. If it's going to cost less than your deductible anyway then you're probably better off keeping the insurance company out of it. Why? Because they'll raise your rates for filing a claim, even if they end up paying nothing. In their view, you've just proven you're more of a risk than they originally thought. Shouldn’t necessarily be that way, but that’s how it is.
If necessary we will work with your insurance company, which can save you a lot of headaches.
What should you do if your roof is leaking during a storm?
We can't come fix your roof while it's raining. Roofers generally need clean, dry conditions to work safely and efficiently, to let any sealants dry, and so as not to install soggy materials.
You can still mitigate some damage from inside, while you're waiting for the storm to blow over. First, lay down a tarp beneath the leak spot. That will protect your carpet. Move your furniture some distance away from the site of the visible leak.
Next, lay down some newspaper. That will allow you to track how wide the leak is. You're going to put a bucket directly under the leak that you see, but if the newspaper catches other droplets it will provide both your roofers and your insurance company with some information about the size of the leak.
Unplug appliances at least in the room where the leak is happening, and turn off the lights. A leaking roof is a fire hazard. The water can interact with your home's wiring, which can then cause sparks and short circuits. The kicker is that electrical fires can’t be put out with water.
Call your roofer as soon as the storm has passed, or maybe a little beforehand - just to get on our radar, so we know to come out as soon as it’s safe. The longer you leave the leak active the larger it will grow. Waiting can turn a small leak into a roof replacement job, in addition to causing the aforementioned problems with your insurance company. Plus, if a storm affected many people in your area, it’s possible all the good roofing companies get booked up fast.
Don't let pricing fears stop you from making the call.
In a way, storm damage to your roof should stress you out less than any other kinds of damage. As long as you do everything right, insurance typically covers the worst of the repairs. That means, for the most part, your deductible is all you have to worry about.
Landmark Roofing here for you when the winds stop howling. Call (309) 740-7101 to get started today.