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How to Best Help Your Roofer After a Storm

Fort Myers’ location on the Gulf Coast leaves it vulnerable during severe storms, so experienced local roofers make sure they’re well prepared with dedicated crews standing by so they can respond promptly when area homeowners need help. To help a roofer provide the crucial assistance you need with a storm-damaged roof, you should take the following steps now, before the next storm occurs:

Find a Reputable Roofing Pro

Vetting roofers in advance can let you avoid the added stress of searching for help when water is pouring into your attic, or broken shingles or tiles are strewn all over your lawn. In addition to the basic qualifications such as being licensed and manufacturer-certified with a good reputation, your chosen roofer should offer 24-hour emergency service, insurance claim assistance and have an effective disaster recovery strategy. If you’ve called for help after a bad storm, and your roofer has taken emergency measures to secure your damaged roof, remember to be patient because they’ll probably be backlogged helping other homeowners who are enduring the same stressful ordeal as you.

Make Sure Your Roof and Property are Well Maintained

Having your roof inspected regularly and taking care of problems as they develop can help you minimize the extent of damage caused by a storm.

  • Fix issues like missing/damaged flashing, broken/cracked tiles, faulty ridge caps/vents, or loose shingles or metal panels so your roof is less susceptible to storm damage and leaks that require extensive repairs.
  • If you have tall trees on your property, keep them trimmed back at least 10 feet away from your home to reduce the risk that broken limbs will come crashing down through your roof.

Gain a Good Understanding of Your Insurance Coverage

Filing a claim through your homeowner’s insurance is one of the first steps you’ll need to take if your roof is damaged by severe weather, so make sure you’re up-to-date on your coverage and the claims process. Read your insurance declarations page or contact your insurer to verify that you have ample coverage, whether it’s for full replacement cost, and that you’re adequately protected against wind and hurricane damage. You should also keep your policy number and insurer’s contact details somewhere close by in case you need to make contact immediately after a storm.

If the roof on your Fort Myers’ home has sustained storm damage and you need immediate help, contact us at Kelly Roofing.