23 Jun What Does Roof Storm Damage Mean For Me?
While most homes in South Florida are built to withstand high wind speeds and destructive storms, there’s only so much the building can withstand before taking some amount of storm damage. We hope that it never happens to us, but you may find that after the storm has passed your home’s roof has been damaged. It’s your home’s first line of defense, so it’s crucial to get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. As roof damage can bring a hefty price tag to repair or replace, the first logical step is to reach out to your insurance provider. Before contact them, though, consider the following steps first:
Evaluate The Damage
The first step to figuring out the extent of the storm damage is to actually assess the damage. Understanding how your roof is damaged and where it was damaged can provide key details when discussing with your insurance provider and the contractor you hire. This will allow you to avoid unnecessary repair costs and other discrepancies.
Either climb up onto the roof if safe to do so, or use a pair of binoculars to evaluate the square footage of the roof that’s been damaged. You should make a note of how severe the damage is and if there are any blatant holes in your roof. Be aware of any shingles that are missing or damaged as well.
Make Any Immediately Repairs As Needed
As it will take some time for your contractor and their team to actually get out on the job, it’s crucial that you make any immediately necessary repairs. Placing a tarp on the roof and utilizing sandbags to hold it down will protect your homes from any direct leaks seeping through into your home. Remove any valuables in the direct vicinity of potential leaking water to avoid further damage. We also recommend placing towels and buckets to catch any rainwater that makes its way into your home.
Contact A Public Adjuster
While it may seem like the next step is to contact your insurance provider to discuss the roof storm damage claim process, there is one critical step that needs to take place first: contacting a south Florida public adjuster. While the serious roof damage impeding your day to day life is very important to you, your insurance provider has different goals in mind. In fact, while they may feel bad for you and your situation, they’re doing everything they can to minimize the total damage claim amount and avoid paying out more than they see fit.
A public adjuster works with you and your insurance provider to maximize your claim amount and get you the money needed to get the storm damage repairs taken care of. Here at Reliant Adjusters Group, we’ve made it our mission to provide homeowners and business owners alike with the best representation possible against insurance providers when it comes to their South Florida storm damage claims.
If your roof has experienced roof storm damage recently, you don’t have to go through the process alone. Contact us today to receive a free consultation, simply reach out online or give us a call at (561) 929-9826 to get started!