So You Have Hurricane Roof Damage, Now What?

So You Have Hurricane Roof Damage, Now What?


Following a storm, roofing crews will be kept busy with weeks, perhaps months.

By Mike Rogers

You have been listening to the radio and TV, the outlook is not all that great. A category II or III hurricane is forty eight hours away, are you ready? Homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf coast sections of the US are very familiar with that warning and prepare the best they are able for the storm. The damage may be severe.

Water, wind, falling and blowing debris and hail will all cause their own form of damage. The period of time after the storm, the time between the beginning and the end is when many dangerous and expensive ideas are hatched to solve all the problems. (We’ll fix it ourselves, and save BIG!!), instead of getting a well qualified roofing contractor that will really take care of the situation, on time and budget.

Not many average homeowners or renters have the experience to repair a roof that has more than $50.00 in damage. Due diligence is required by the homeowner or the owner of the policy to help protect the property to decrease the damage. It is important to every one concerned to cut losses, and protect what is not damaged. Keeping a few heavy duty plastic/vinyl tarps and button topped felt nails handy, will get emergency holes in roofs and walls sealed and covered until your roofing company can get to you.

Please be patient! After a severe storm there is not enough supply to keep up with the instant demand put on a roofing contractor. Most hurricane damage is severe and often structural in nature. The amount and severity of the damage is information that only an experienced roofer or builder can accurately determine. If you can see wood or sheet rock while looking down on your roof, you need a professional.

Do it yourselfers are the salt of the earth and seldom get the praise they deserve, but there are some facets of construction that are pro territory. Roofing, plumbing, electrical and heating need to be installed and serviced by licensed, insured and bonded companies that have a presence in the community and have a good record all the way around.

Roofing companies that chase storms and are right there and have materials often don’t have the credentials to satisfy the insurance policies that will be used to pay for the repair and back the warranty. A roofing contractor that is located close to the scene of the crime is familiar with the construction of the area and deals with it, with or without a hurricane. Local vendors have reputations and track records that have given them the privilege to practice their craft at home.

Just so every one knows roofs are up. Some are way more up than others. This is one of the best reasons to stay off of the roof. If you have watched a roofing crew at work you will notice the young do the heavy work and the more experienced roofers put on the roof. The pitch of the roof, the type of decking and type of shingle or roofing material being used will determine the way it will be installed. Nature is going to be around a long, long time. Don’t try and get ahead of nature just stay safe and, hire it done.

Author Information

Mike Rogers is the owner of MW Rogers Construction, which provides Houston roofing and Houston residential construction services.



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