When extreme weather with ferocious winds, damaging hail, and flooding rains strikes, the effects can be catastrophic to our structures—especially our roofs. In extreme circumstances, storms not only cause down power lines, but they have been known to rip roofs right off the tops of structures. While this is a worst-case scenario, it’s best to be prepared and know the steps you need to take after a storm hits to ensure your home is safe.
What to Do After the Storm
Just because the storm passes doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. There could be hidden damage that isn’t apparent at first glance and a careful inspection is necessary. Houston, Texas roofs have been known to encounter a few major storms each year so for those in the College-Station Area, being prepared is critical.
Priority one after a storm: inspect the area for damage and work to have it fixed as soon as possible, especially if the damage is to your roof.
The acronym “ICE” which stands for Inspect-Call-Expect is the best game plan for homeowners, post-storm.
Homeowners should first INSPECT the roof for any visible damage. This is particularly important after ice storms, when ice melts and then refreezes causing an ice dam that can wreck havoc on your roofing. Also, if your roof is older, it’s much more possible for the older, weaker shingles to blow off in extreme winds so be mindful of that as you inspect the roof for damages. It’s best to enlist the help of a professional to climb up on your roof for further inspection, but from the ground you should look for any lifted or curled shingles that may be an indication of damage. Also, check the gutters for shingle granules that may have broken loose during the storm. These granules are indicative of broken or cracked shingles.
If you do have some roof damage, don’t panic. The next step would be to CALL the insurance company as soon as possible in order to file an insurance claim. If the storm was extensive, many people will be calling with similar reports, so it’s best to speed up the process by filing right away. Good insurance will cover most, if not all, of the expenses. Be mindful of what type of insurance you have on your home though. Cheaper insurance may have loopholes so be sure to stay informed and know what your coverage is. It’s possible that your roof will need to be completely replaced by a Bryan Roofer, but there’s a good chance that your insurance will take on the bulk of the expense.
Finally, EXPECT that there will be a response to action, whether positive or negative, and be prepared for multiple scenarios.
To ensure you have the best roof to weather the storm, consider an impact resistant roof for your home. This new roofing technology allows roofing materials to better withstand the impact of a storms. They are designed to combat high winds and hail. If you’re looking to purchase a new roof for your home, consult with your local College Station roofer about the benefits of impact resistant roofing material and avoid ever having to replace your roof due to storm damage again.