Storms are hard to predict, and even harder to predict is the damage they potentially bring with them. Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against a storm and its damaging effects. So, it is important to understand the steps that should be taken when the roof of your home has been damaged. Windstorms, severe rainstorms, hailstorms, and snow/ice storms can all cause severe damage to a shingle roof.

1.Assess the damage. The first step after you experience severe weather is to assess the damage to your roof. Having some knowledge of the actual damage to your roof can help you discuss your roofing needs with your insurance company or local roofing contractor in the Columbia or Lexington area and avoid unforeseen costs or discrepancies. You don’t need to climb up on your roof to assess your roof’s damage. Using binoculars will be very helpful when trying to get an idea of the amount of damage to your roof. Never go up on your roof to examine for damage. If possible, estimate the general square foot area of your roof and any specific details of the area of your roof that has been damaged. It is important to look for obviously damaged or missing shingles. In some cases, only a few random roof shingles will be missing. Document the roofing materials that are visible or exposed. Check for signs of exposed plywood, tarpaper, or the ends of missing roofing shingles. This information gives you a starting point when talking to your local roofing contractor in the Columbia or Lexington areas or your insurance agent.

2. Make temporary fixes to minimize property damage.  Damage to your roof can directly impact the interior of your home. You should complete an inspection of your interior home, including your attic to look for roof leaks that can cause extensive damage to your home. If the roof is severely damaged in an area directly above a living space, interior property can be damaged by leaking water. Simply placing a bucket or garbage can under leaks will prevent further damage while you work out the details of having your roof replaced or repaired by your local roofing contractor in the Columbia or Lexington areas. Serious damage to your roof may need to be waterproofed quickly using a strapped tarping method or ice and water membrane, while smaller repairs can be shingled immediately. Be sure to call in the local roofing experts if you need immediate roofing repairs or replacement.

3. Contact your insurance company.
Contact your insurance company. They will evaluate the damage so you can decide if the roofing repair cost is large enough to be covered through your home – owner’s insurance policy.

4.  Contact a reliable local roofing contractor. If your roof needs repairs or replacement it is important to contact a reliable, local roofing contractor as quickly as possible. Your local roofing contractor will come out and inspect your roof and give you an assessment of the actual damage and what needs to be done to get your roof back into working order as quickly as possible.

Sands Roofing and Construction is the local roofing company you can always depend on. We have experience in providing exceptional roofing services. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154