“I need a roof repair” is not something you ever want to have to say, but sooner or later it’s going to happen. Having roof repairs take you by surprise will only make things more hectic and tends to lead to delaying dealing with the roof repair.
Far better to have a roof repair action plan in place ahead of time to save you time, stress, and money and to potentially prevent further damage to your roofing or your home’s interior.
Here are some of the reasons why every homeowner should have a roof repair response plan and some key ideas as to what should be a part of that response plan.
5 Reasons To Have A Roof Repair Response Plan
There are a number of important reasons why it pays to think about roof damage long before it happens. As with other things, planning ahead pays its beneficial dividends – including these five:
- You already know who to call. It can take time to research local roofing contractors to find the very best one available in your area. Knowing that you know who to call and have the phone number ready saves valuable time and reduces stress.
- You know what to expect from your roofer. Having dealt with your contractor before, you know the company’s policies and how they operate. There are no surprises. Scheduling is fast and easy, you understand how to get emergency roofing attention, and you’ve been through the whole process before, every step.
- Pricing is more predictable. By researching ahead of time what different types of roof repair typically cost, you will be better able to predict the likely price point. You may also have money saved up specifically for dealing with roof repair and maintenance needs.
- Roof replacement won’t likely be a surprise when it becomes necessary. Those who monitor their roof’s condition and are prepared ahead of time for roofing expenses will seldom be hit with an unexpected need for roof replacement. Extensive storm damage is the only exception to this, but gradual wear and tear will be seen a long way coming. You will be less likely to delay roof replacement too long.
- Homeowners’ insurance issues will be understood. By preparing ahead of time, you can know what is and is not covered by your home insurance policy, when to contact your insurer, and how to file a roof repair claim.
Key Elements For Your Roof Repair Response Plan
How do you prepare for inevitable roof repairs so as to gain the above-listed advantages (and more)? What exactly should be included in your plan of action for taking care of roof repairs?
Here are some of the most important elements that should be a part of the plan:
- First of all, have an annual roof inspection done on your home by a trusted professional roofer. Exercise good roof maintenance. Prevention is the first step.
- Next, choose which roofing contractor you will rely on for your roof repair needs. Research its level of experience and the experience of its previous customers. Keep the phone number handy, including the roofing emergency number if it’s different from the regular number.
- Pay attention to weather events and make a point of walking around your building after a storm. You should also check in the attic for otherwise unnoticed leaks and look for any other signs of roof damage.
- For all major storms, especially if large hail impacts were involved, plan on having a post-storm roof inspection done to verify your roof is still in good shape.
- If you notice very minor roofing damage, you need to decide if you can handle limited DIY repairs or if you should call a contractor. Many people are not comfortable with getting up on a roof or lack roofing experience, so don’t be afraid to call even for minor repairs if such is the case with you.
- For significant roof repair needs, like roof leaks, shingle blow-offs, extreme hail impacts, or roof flashing left dangling by one end, be sure to call in the pros.
- Contact your roofer and schedule the repair at a time convenient for you. Delay only makes it grow worse, so call as soon as possible.
- Contact your homeowners’ insurance provider to inform them of the roofing damage and the upcoming roof repair. You may need to take some pictures, answer a few questions, or even schedule a roof inspection ordered by the insurer.
When it comes to roof repairs, the worse thing you can do is wait. Even a small leak can cause a lot of damage if it runs every time it rains. And failing to correct damage to shingles or flashing disrupts the water barrier and may lead to future leaks. Being proactive and prompt really pays off with roofing!
To learn more about how best to handle roof repairs or to get a quote and quick help on a roof repair or other roof-related need, contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!