According to State Farm, wind and hail damage was responsible for more than $3 billion in insurance claims during 2013. Wind and hail are two of the most frequent causes of damage to homes and property – last year in Oklahoma, approximately 17,000 people submitted claims for wind damage or hail damage. Because wind and hail are so common, you should know how to take action after a windstorm or hail storm has damaged your home or roof.
If you suspect that wind or hail has damaged your roof, there are a few simple steps you should take. First, perform a visual inspection of your roof for damage after any large windstorm or hail storm. This will help you catch small problems before they become large ones. Things to look for include missing or bent shingles and marks or “bruises” on the shingles. It can also help to look in your gutters for asphalt granules or pieces of shingles.
If you do have visible damage to your roof, you should call an Oklahoma City roofing contractorto get it repaired. Most contractors will give you a free estimate based on their assessment of the damage. They might also notice issues that you didn’t.
However, not all wind and hail damage is visible. Sometimes wind or hailstones can loosen shingles without displacing them. If you’ve been through a large windstorm or hail storm and don’t see any visible damage, make sure to keep an eye on your ceiling for signs of water leaks. If you see leaks or water marks on the ceiling, you should call an Oklahoma roofer and get your roof inspected.
After you get an initial inspection, call your insurance company to see if they will help cover the cost of repairs. Most homeowners insurance policies cover roof repairs after a storm. To learn about the best way to deal with your insurance company, read our post about how to file a roof insurance claim in Oklahoma.
Finally, let your Oklahoma roofing contractor get to work. Depending on how severe the damage to your roof is, repairs can take as little as a few hours. You shouldn’t have to do any cleanup work after the job is completed, though it’s a good idea to check the area around your home for fallen nails or other materials before your kids, pets, or tires find them.
Follow these simple steps and you will be able to enjoy your new, damage-free roof for years to come. If you want the best service and the best prices on Oklahoma roof repairs, call Accord Construction. We’re an A+-rated roofing contractor serving Edmond, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and the rest of central Oklahoma, and we work with most insurance carriers to get your roof repaired fast. Call us today 405-562-6669 to schedule your free estimate, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates.