While the roof is one of the sturdier parts of the home and it’s the first line of defense against the elements, it will eventually get worn down by a combination of inclement weather and time. When disaster strikes and a roofing emergency occurs, it’s important to stay calm and don’t panic.
In this post, Willi Roofing Services shares tips to keep in mind on what to do during a roof emergency.
Assess the Situation
Keep in mind that a roof emergency is actually a catch-all term for when the roof requires immediate repair. More often than not, it involves a temporary solution to alleviate a present concern, such as a leak, with a more permanent fix to follow.
Storm damage is the most common cause of emergency roofing concerns as the harm it can do to the roof ranges from subtle wind damage to all-out flooding due to leaks. Other roofing emergencies include insect, hail and environmental damage (such as from fallen trees or electrical posts).
Call Your Local Roofers
While your first reaction may be to call your insurance company, we recommend you ring up your local roofers first. The goal of an emergency roof situation is to address immediate concerns, so it’s important that you have someone at the ready to address these to prevent further damage.
On top of doing the necessary temporary repairs on your roof, we also do a deeper assessment of your roof’s condition. We provide documentation to make the inspection and assessment with your insurance company easier and faster.
Roof Emergencies: Repair or Replace?
Your choice whether to repair or replace your storm-damaged roof ultimately depends on the extent of the damage. If the roof is relatively new, repairs are enough to restore it to its original condition. That said, older roofs, especially ones that are over the 20-year threshold, are more susceptible to lingering damage even after repairs. On top of that, repairs might end up with the same cost as a full-blown replacement so it’s smarter and more economical to get a new roof.
Willi Roofing Services offers emergency roof repair services. Call us today at (512) 504-7900 to learn more about our services. We are local roofers serving homeowners in Austin, TX.