By definition, a roofing emergency happens unexpectedly. When one does occur, you can face an incredibly stressful situation that puts the well-being of your family in jeopardy, and your home at risk of devastating, costly water damage. Some of the most likely reasons you may need emergency roof repair are:
- Roof deterioration caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation and the elements.
- Cracked, broken or missing shingles due to high winds.
- Damage caused by tree limbs knocked down in a storm.
- Failure of the flashing around roof penetrations like the chimney, plumbing vent pipes or skylights.
- An ice dam that lets water back up under the roof edges.
Steps to Take Before Emergency Roof Repair is Necessary
It’s simply impossible to prevent all the possible causes of a roofing emergency, but it is possible to make the situation less nerve-racking and lower the chances of damage and danger by taking these steps now:
- Locate a trustworthy roofer. You don’t want to begin searching for a dependable roofing contractor in the midst of an emergency, so start immediately. Look for a well-established contractor who’s licensed and insured. Assess their responsiveness, reliability and reputation by contacting prior customers, checking online reviews and verifying that they have manufacturer certifications and offer 24/7 in-house emergency service.
- Tackle needed repairs. Once you’ve chosen a trustworthy contractor, get your roof inspected and have any minor issues dealt with, such as damaged/missing shingles or flashing, loose metal panels or badly-installed ridge vents/caps. Getting any problems fixed now prevents them from escalating and lessens the chances of related leaks in high winds or heavy rains.
- Check your homeowner’s insurance coverage. It’s essential to know what types of events you’re protected against, and whether the amount of your coverage for repairs or replacement depends on your roof’s age. Additionally, you should be familiar with your insurer’s claim process.
- Find your utility shut offs. Learning where the electricity, water and gas shut offs are located can allow you to get the flow turned off quickly if your roof is compromised so you can minimize any risk of a flood, gas leak, fire or explosion.
Contact us at Adams Roofing Professionals if you’re searching for a reputable and dedicated roofing contractor in the Elk Grove Village area. We not only have experienced crews available 24/7, we can help you get prepared so your next roofing emergency is less stressful.