What You Need To Know About Replacing Your Roof After A Hurricane

The downside of living in paradise here in South Florida is mother nature likes to shake things up from time to time with hurricanes. When hurricanes do it us one of the areas of the home that tend to get affected is the roof.

If your roof received damage from a hurricane you want to make sure your insurance provider gives you the proper amount that you deserve. Unfortunately they will want to pay the minimum amount they can get away with. This is where Prosperity Public Adjuster comes in. We specialize in helping our clients deal with their insurance providers so they get the maximum amount they are due. Once that is taken care of then you can move on to the next step of replacing your roof.

What is the best method to repair my roof?
The roof of your house is the most important thing that protects you and your home from natural disasters. This makes it extremely vulnerable to serious damages brought in by the weather. For example, the destruction caused by a hurricane can cause great stress for homeowners. Lucky for you, we have some tips that will help you restore your roof quickly without too much trouble.

Choose an emergency roof repair contractor
In various situations, after a disaster of this kind, there are many amateur contractors that will seek to fool homeowners. So whenever you come across a low bid, you should keep your level of skepticism high. Usually, when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The price can be a good criterion to choose a professional roofing contractor. You will also have to consider the quality and professionalism of the persons you will be working with. Take your time and evaluate the potential experts before closing any deal.

Features of a great emergency roofing contractor
– A physical work location
– Training in terms of roof systems
– Insurance and efficient safety programs
– A stable financial status
– Constant training
– License, bondage or warranties
– A maintenance schedule
– References inside the state
– Proof of memberships, balance statements, certifications etc.

Avoid contractors that:
– Are interested only in money and ask for payment before the materials are on site
– Have references only outside the state
– Who offer “special prices”

Before starting any repairs
In the case of the exterior damage, you can verify things by yourself. Just take a ladder and check for signs of damages. It’s always advised to have someone to assist you with the ladder, in order to avoid unwanted accidents.

Wind
Most roofs are made to resist the normal wind loads, but normally no roof will manage to stand up to the extreme winds. The powerful winds can damage your roofs in a serious manner and the worst thing is that the effects will not be uniform. The wind does not blow only in one direction, so there will be positive or negative pressure applied to the roof. Just as the wind slaps your face when you hit the corner!

Damage
A lot of the wind damage will begin on the edge of the roof. In case the material used for roofing loosens, the suction of the wind will raise the material and push it far away. When the underside part of the roof is exposed, rain can get in. Not to mention that wind will have more power in the affected areas and it will peel everything in its way. The wind will continue pushing the material until the insulation will be exposed too. Thus, the damages will start slow but continue in a cyclical movement that will end up ruining your entire roof.

Other elements
There are other elements (tree branches, glass) that can participate in the destruction of your roof. When you inspect your roof after a terrible hurricane, make sure you check if the areas are still tight, the attachments are secured and asses all the elements that have blown across or onto the roof. Avoid assessing the damages while it is dark. Make sure you have sturdy shoes (boots), gloves and a long-sleeved shirt.

Debris
Debris will accumulate and will clog your drains or downspouts. And if you don’t remove it fast, serious complications can appear on the long-term.

Don’t do repairs by yourself unless you must absolutely have to. Professional emergency roof repair services need to investigate the situation, especially if shingles have expanded due to trapped gases (water vapor, air etc.). You will not be able to do it alone. In order to reduce damage, the roof openings have to be temporarily covered with tarpaulins.

For a consultation and quote from Prosperity Public Adjusters contact us today at 561-452-6332