WEST MICHIGAN STORM DAMAGE REPAIR
Dealing with storm damage can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if your home has sustained massive damages. If you need help repairing your home after a storm, look no further than Werner Roofing. We’ll repair damage from fallen trees, hail and any other damages or leaks you may have. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so make sure it’s fixed properly and efficiently, and call Werner!
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How do you know if you need a new roof? You might get another year out of your current roof or it might not last through one more summer. The only way to truly know if you need a new roof is to have a licensed professional come to your house and inspect your roof. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.”
What are possible damages?
When your home withstands a major storm, it’s hard to know exactly what could have gone wrong. So here are some suggestions of things to look for when the wind dies down, to assess the amount of damage done to your roof.
- Torn or missing shingles – Usually a result of high winds ripping them off the roof, it’s a good idea to get them fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
- Missing granules or dents – If you see dark spots on some of your shingles, it’s usually a sign that hail got to them, and removed the sun and weather protecting granules from the shingle.
- Granules in gutters- Another sign that the storm knocked off some of the weather protection, if you see a lot of granules in your gutters, it might be time to call a professional.
- Dented gutters – If your gutters are dented, it’s usually a sign that you got hit hard by hail and high winds. If they’re in bad shape, you should call someone to see how much you’ll have to get replaced.
- Leaks – Since high winds tend to rip off shingles, it’s likely that the exposed part of your roof could begin to leak. This is why you’ll want to get any missing shingles replaced immediately, and check your attic for any signs of water damage immediately following the storm.
- Serious damage – Unfortunately, big storms can lead to serious damage if a tree or tree limb falls on your roof. In this case you’ll definitely want to call a professional, and board up the hole with tarps and plywood as best you can in the meantime.
How to prepare for an insurance claim after a storm:
Call immediately: The sooner you call your insurance company, the quicker they will be able to settle your claim. Also you’ll be able to more accurately report the damages the fresher they are in your mind.
Be prepared: Take as many picture as you can that show the damage, and it’s also a good idea to make a list all of the damages you’d like to show your insurance adjuster. This includes any structural damages, and also any damages to your personal possessions.
Find your policy: It’s a good idea to pull out your homeowner’s insurance policy so you can familiarize yourself with it. Once you’ve gotten ahold of it you might also want to call your insurance agent for more information.
Find a reputable contractor: In the event of a massive storm, there are a lot of people who are out to take advantage of those who need repairs. Make sure you find a reputable contractor with a license, and make sure they quote you for all repairs, not just some. You might also have your contractor come out on the same day the insurance adjuster does, to ensure that all your damages are properly accounted for in your claim.
What to do after a severe storm:
Help the injured
In the event of a storm, your first priority should be the injured. If any members of your household have been injured or require medical treatment call 911 right away. Do your best to see that they are taken care of before you address other issues.
Beware of hazards
- Stay away from downed power lines – Always assume that downed power lines are live, even if they look dead. Make sure to keep both pets and children far away from them.
- Trees – If a tree has fallen on your home, car, garage, or other property, leave it alone and call a professional to handle the damage. You don’t want to crush yourself or anyone else in the process. Additionally, it’s a good idea to take pictures of the damage for your insurance company.
- Stay out of damaged home – If your home or property was damaged in the storm, stay out of it until authorities say it is safe to re-enter. Even if it looks okay from the outside, there could be structural concerns or gas leaks that it’s best to let the professionals deal with.
- Watch for animals – Flooding and extreme weather can drive rodents and other critters into your home, especially if you have a basement. Make sure to watch out for them, especially snakes, depending on the season.
- If you smell gas, get out – If you smell gas, make sure to evacuate everyone immediately. If you can, it’s best to turn off the main gas supply to your home and open all the windows.
- If your home is okay – If your home hasn’t been damaged, keep children and pets inside, away from any damage and debris. There’s likely to be shattered glass and broken parts that they could easily cut themselves on.
- Use batteries – If the power has gone out, try to use battery powered flashlights and lanterns rather than candles. This way you’ll avoid as many fire hazards as possible.
- If you suspect damage – Turn off your electrical, gas, or propane as soon as you can. You never know what the damage could be internally, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- If you see exposed wires – Sometimes storms can cause electrical damage, so if you see any sparks or exposed wires, shut off your circuit breaker immediately. This is the best way to avoid an electrical fire or power surge.
Safety in Cleanup
- Wear heavy boots – You never know what might be on the ground. Storms with powerful winds can pick up and break any number of things, so make sure you’re wearing heavy boots to avoid stepping on anything harmful.
- Wear gloves and eye protection – Sometimes limbs can snap and rebound back at you, so it’s a good idea to wear safety goggles to prevent chips and wood pieces from getting in your eyes. This is especially relevant if you’re using a chainsaw to get rid of fallen trees. Gloves are also a good protective barrier between you and potentially sharp objects.
- Be especially careful of creatures- Depending on the time of year, there are all types of critters that may have been displaced by the storm. In Michigan it’s especially important to watch out for rattlesnakes as they are venomous.
Storm damage can be scary. Whether a tree fell on you home or you lost power, it can be difficult to asses the damage yourself, and the cleanup process can be grueling. Save yourself some worry and trouble, and have Werner Roofing help you out. We’ll let you know the extent of the damage, and if you like, we can help you with the repairs. Give us a call at 616-844-5382, or submit a request for a free quote online.
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