You don’t want to be stuck with a roof that is constantly leaking or one with shingles repeatedly flying off. You must quickly respond if your roof is in dire need of attention. It’s important to be able to take care of your roof in an emergency. These tips will help you become the emergency roof repair specialist you never thought you can become.
1. Use a tarp to prevent roof leaks
Water seepage from the roof is a serious roofing emergency and must be addressed immediately to avoid further structural or cosmetic problems. To prevent water seepage from your roof, place a temporary tarp on the surface. Cover the roof with the tarp. To prevent water from entering the roof, ensure that the tarp is either tucked underneath the roofing material or placed up above a ridge. Next, secure the edges with nails and then cover them with roofing cement. You should ensure that the tarp covers the entire area.
2. Repair and tighten shingles
You can usually fix leaks by repairing damaged or loose shingles while you wait for the professionals. Apply adhesive, cement, or roofing nails to the edges of loose shingles. Note the number of shingles that you have band-aided, and make sure you share this information with the professional roofer when they arrive.
3. Don’t be tempted by DIY roof repair
Although it’s easy to fall in love with DIY, there are certain jobs that can be too dangerous to do alone. One of those jobs is making serious roof repairs. For roof repairs that are more serious than minor roof damage like missing flashing, roof decay, or water spots, contact a local roofing company. You won’t even have to lift and carry a ladder.
4. Document the damage
You don’t have to grab a ladder or climb on a damaged roof. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t act as soon as you notice the damage.
- Take “after” photos and videos of the damage
- Write down the extent of damage you believe is caused
- Keep track of any estimates, bills, or invoices you receive.
All of this information will make it easy to file claims.
5. Get in touch with your insurance company
Contact your insurance company to describe the damage to your roof. Learn what your policy covers, and whether or not insurance will pay for the repair. Most likely, your insurance company will send an inspector to inspect and verify your claim. Experts say that insurance companies often want to see the damage. This will help you avoid opening a claim that is unnecessary. It can be beneficial if your roofing contractor is present when the insurance adjuster arrives if you suspect that there might be a roof-related claim. This avoids much back and forth. Both can evaluate the damage together and agree on the spot on what on the roof needs to be repaired.
Call KM Roof and Home Repair now if you need professional roof repair services.
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