After a severe storm hits your neighborhood, the houses and apartments are likely to have some storm damage even if you can't see it. Assuming everything is fine is something you shouldn't do; instead, you should take specific steps to keep your house and its contents (including people) safe. If other houses in your neighborhood suffered damage, or if you saw damage on your car or in your yard, chances are your roof is in dire need of an inspection and possibly repairs.
Stay off the Roof
First, stay off the roof! It doesn't matter what you see or don't see or how nifty your new household ladder is, being up on the roof is dangerous. Call a roofing company and have them inspect the roof because, first, they'll know how to walk on the roof without damaging it further, and second, they'll have the insurance necessary if there is an accident (and related to that: they'll have more safety equipment than you do). Because so much roof damage is actually very small and not visible unless you know exactly what you're looking for, it makes no sense for you to risk your safety like that. Let roofers go up there and look for damage.
Cover Items Inside if Needed
After a big storm, roofing companies will be extra busy. They'll try to send someone out to help you as soon as they can, but in the meantime, start covering things inside your home to avoid water damage from potential leaks. Chances are that if it's storm season, there will be more rain soon. Even if the rain isn't severe, if you've got roof damage, you could have new leaks. Cover things with plastic sheeting so they don't sustain damage should the roof start leaking while you're away or asleep. Plastic sheeting is cheap and easy to find at home improvement stores, so keeping a few packages of it in your garage or storage shed is a good idea.
Review Your Insurance for Extra Deductibles and Value Type
Your homeowner's insurance should cover roof replacement in general, but it can have a few bumps that may surprise you. You could find you have multiple deductibles; not only would you have your basic deductible, but then you might have another for something specific like wind damage. You should also double-check your policy value. There's a difference between replacement value — the cost to replace the roof — and actual value — the cost of the current roof in today's money given its age. The actual cash value, as you can guess, won't reimburse you for the full cost of replacing the roof with a new one.
When you call the roofing company, someone will inspect the roof and give you an estimate. You can call additional companies for additional estimates, and when you choose a company for the work, they can give you an estimated timeline for completion.
For more information, contact a storm damage roof repair service today.