Thunderstorms, windstorms, and tornadoes are scary enough, and the damage they cause can be just as scary and destructive on top of the fear. If a tree falls on your home during a storm, there are a number of steps to take to ensure your safety and guard the integrity of your Austin home. Here’s what to do when a tree falls on your roof.
Help! A Tree Fell on my Roof!
If a tree has fallen on your house, your first step is to make sure everyone is ok and consider exiting the house if it’s safe outside. Call emergency services if you think there is any reason someone might be in danger, is injured, or you can’t locate them in your home. If you notice smoke or think your power, plumbing, or gas lines have been damaged, call these utilities as well.
After this, you’ll want to call your insurance company and explain your situation, and ask them for any assistance they can give you. For example, they might offer hotel accommodations while your home is under repair. They can probably also guide you to roofers in your part of Austin that can assist you with situations like this. If they are unable to assist you with a qualified roofer, ask your neighbors and friends for suggestions to locate someone dependable in your area.
Take pictures from many angles and document what happened as well with the date and time for any questions your insurance company has.
Repairing Tree Damage to your Roof
The process to repair your roof after a tree has fallen on it will start with a visit from your insurance inspector and your roofing contractor to assess the roof damage. You will probably need measures taken to prevent any more water from entering your home. That could include tarping and boarding up sections of your roof and home. This process allows time for your insurance company to put through your claim and for your roofing contractor to gather information, make other assessments that are needed, gather permits, if necessary, and plan for your new roof.
You might also need other contractors to repair areas of your home after a tree falls on it, not to mention a tree specialist to remove remaining sections of the tree. Again, ask your insurance company, friends, and neighbors for referrals. These home service experts can connect and discuss certain plans to make sure schedules and processes fall in line together, so your roof repair is timed right.
Once your roof and house have been protected following the tree damage and safety measures have been put in place, you can rest assured your roof will be repaired and your home brought back to life. Often a roof can be repaired relatively quickly after all the paperwork and planning comes together, and then life as you know it will go back to normal.
New Roof After Tree Damage
Your roofing contractor will determine the extent of the damage from the fallen tree, and whether you need an entirely new roof or if the damage was relatively centralized. It’s important to keep in mind that damage to the rafters and underlayment on your roof as well as the top tiles are all very possible.
If it’s determined that a new roof is the best course of action, you can take this opportunity to explore the latest roofing options with your roofing contractor. They can walk you through the newest products as well as the process involved to put your new roof on your home.
Your Local Austin Roofing Experts
We strive to bring you the best in roofing for the Austin, Texas area. We deliver decades of experience, training, and knowledge in this area’s roofing needs, including damage done during storms. We will not ask for a deposit on labor or materials as a dependable way to stand out from the competition and bring you the best product and service in Austin.
Inspecting and reviewing roofs is part of our specialty. Focusing on roofing issues and giving good guidance to our customers is another. When we install or repair your roof, we want to provide you with the best options. We are Master Elite Contractors and a member of our local area Better Business Bureau, so you know we take pride in our work and our community. Contact us by phone or email to schedule your FREE roofing inspection and quote today!