In Southeastern United States, many homeowners are suffering from the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. Apart from the unfortunate families required to rebuild completely, roof damage seems to be at the top of the list. Several thousand homeowners are currently living in damaged homes, waiting for insurance companies to respond to their needs. Living in these conditions is not advised, as mold & mildew, as well as animals & other pests, can cause serious health issues.
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Roof damage is one problem that needs to be addressed immediately. If you fail to fix your roof, you will cause even additional damage to the rest of your home. Many homeowners have questions, and rightfully so. Here are a few steps you should take:
Contact a Reliable Roofing Company
When searching for a reliable roofing company, be sure to do your research online. You might also get a quality referral from a friend or family member. Have the roofing contractor of your choice visit your home immediately and provide temporary fixes, until you are in contact with your insurance agency.
Contact Your Insurance Company
After the storm, insurance companies will be busy and possible hard to get in touch with. Be sure to embrace new technologies such as apps or online chats to report your home’s problems. Be patient and schedule your home inspection as soon as possible. You can coordinate a time that also works for your roofing contractor, so they can be present at the time of the inspection.
Fix and Repair
Be sure to avoid any fly-by-night roofing companies, as you’d better believe they will be lurking around. Many homes will just need some TLC from a few contractors, before they are back to normal. With that said, many homeowners will be required to replace their roofs. If this is the case you need to know your options, and pick one that is appropriate for your area.
Just like everything else, there are more options for your home’s roof, than ever before. Asphalt shingles, slate, cedar shake, Spanish tile, metal panel roofing, and composite roofing are just a few of your options.
Composite roofing products are growing in popularity because they come packed with benefits. These environmentally friendly roof tiles can withstand hail and significant winds without damage. Composite roof tiles are typically made of recycled materials and are consider a “green roofing product.” These synthetic tiles are manufactured in different styles such as slate, cedar shake, and even Spanish roof tile (also known as barrel roof tile, or double Roman tile). Composite roof products are lighter weight, more durable, and last longer than their natural counter parts without sacrificing the ascetics and beauty of the traditional roofing styles.
So if you live in an area that is subject to any of Mother Nature’s future natural disasters, be prepared and learn from your experiences. Stick together with your friends, family, and community. Remember you can always rebuild a home, but you cannot replace a life