Everything You Need to Know Before Fixing Your Roof After a Catastrophe

If your home was damaged because of a catastrophe like a hurricane, flooding, or any other natural occurrence, you may have a flooded or cold house with no roof over your head. You may need to attend to it as soon as possible but first, here are a few things you should know before fixing your roof.

Having a Recovery Plan Helps

To be able to get back to your normal life and have your home safe and habitable after a storm, you might need to have a recovery plan. You will need to assess the damage and start planning from there. You will need to search for emergency repairs because you can’t live in a house without a roof for too long due to safety reasons. You might need to call your insurance company in a short time because they usually have a timeframe for when you can submit your claim or otherwise you won’t be able to get them to cover the cost. The cost they are going to cover is usually based on their policy so check that too.

Repair or Replace

Whether you should replace your roof or not depends on the actual damage done to your roof. In most minor cases, you will only need some repairs but that is not always the case. Repairing is not hard and the only downside is that the new shingles may not match the old ones which may look slightly unattractive. The same issue goes with a partial replacement but it has a reduced price tag that will help you extend your current roof’s life for 10-15 more years. Replacing your roof should be for when your roof is already old and it isn’t safe to leave it in place

Materials for Your Roof

There are many materials to choose from for your new roof or your repair patch. Some of the factors you might be considering for your roofing materials are life expectancy, ease in maintenance, prices, and strength against storms. Asphalt is one of the most commonly used materials for roofs in America because their costs are pretty low and they can withstand climate changes and weather conditions. Shingles can also be a great option depending on the type of shingles you get. Wood shingles and dimensional ones are said to be the best due to their longer lifespans and strength against harsh weather conditions.

Emergency Services

Most of the time, your insurance company will have an obligation to offer you emergency services due to the policy. Making temporary repairs to prevent water from pouring into your house is one form of emergency service that they must offer you. Make sure that you read more about their policy and contact your consultant to ensure you’re receiving your emergency rights.

Despite not having a roof being a dangerous situation, you shouldn’t panic when this moment comes. Panicking will disable you from thinking clearly and you’ll end up doing the wrong things or missing something important. Follow the previous tips or two and you should be good to go.

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