Strong winds such as those whipped up by Tropical Storm Zeta had many Alabamans booking some much-needed storm damage roof repair. High winds can sometimes be strong enough to lift shingles off their tabs and even break them off completely. However, there is one problem these windstorms can bring that may be the most damaging of all – impact damage.
When winds are strong enough to bend or knock branches off of nearby trees and throw them on your roof, it could lead to a lot of damage. While these events happen rarely, it’s still important to know what to do when a tree falls on your roof. Here are some tips from our experts at 4U Roofing on how to handle such a situation.
First, remain calm. Most of the time, having a tree fall on your roof rarely leads to a full roof replacement. Once the weather clears up, make sure that no one is injured. Then check to see if there are electrical lines that have been snagged by all the debris. If this is the case, contact your local power company immediately. Otherwise, schedule a full inspection with your roofing contractor as soon as possible.
Some homeowners insurance providers cover storm damage. Still, give your policy a quick scan to see the full terms of the coverage you have. If it’s safe to go around your property, you may also take pictures of the roof, documenting all the parts that have been damaged by the accident. These will be helpful when filing a claim.
Don’t Remove the Tree
It’s tempting to get up on your residential roofing and get rid of the tree yourself but this is extremely dangerous. The roof may not be stable enough to hold your weight and you may cause more damage than what you already have. Leave this job to the professionals to avoid any untoward accidents.
Our roofing experts at 4U Roofing can help get your wind-damaged roof back in tiptop shape in no time. Give us a call at (251) 235-2222 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.