Weathering a storm can be tough – yes, a little pun intended – but restoring your home’s roof doesn’t necessarily have to be. After hail, wind or other types of storms, exterior damage can jeopardize the integrity of a home, so working with insurance companies to aid with restoration efforts is very wise. Further, damage can often be difficult to spot or may, on the surface, seem insignificant, so it’s vital that homeowners work with storm damage experts like Custom Onside that can help assess any and all damage.
A dedicated storm damage company will be able to guide homeowners through the entire process of damage repair – from insurance claims to selecting exterior products – while keeping it straightforward and painless. Most of the factors here have to do with a roofing contractor taking proper precautions and being prepared, even though accidents are always a possibility; indeed, to ensure you experience the smoothest roofing repair process, it’s crucial to hire a respected roofing contractor.
At this point you must be wondering what you can contribute in order to make the repair process as painless as possible, and, luckily, there are things you can do to prepare yourself and your home for the “big day.” Thinking about any pets and moving your vehicles are just two of the actions you can take to ensure everything goes smoothly on your end, but there are certainly more.
- Remove Objects from the Wall – When your roof is being repaired (or even during installation), vibrations throughout the home are simply unavoidable; this is especially true if your contractor uses hand-nailing during the process. Just because something sits on your wall doesn’t mean these vibrations are going to knock it down, but, just to be safe, you should take anything valuable or irreplaceable off the wall until the job is completed.
- Turn Off Your Irrigation System – While a contractor’s vehicles won’t be sitting on your lawn, hopefully, the workers themselves will be walking on it. If you have an irrigation system watering your grass, we recommend shutting it off on the day of/a day or two before your roof repair.
- Ensure You Have an Outside Power Source – One question a contractor will ask when he comes to inspect your roof for damage is if you have an outside power source; this is required in the event contractors have to cut wood to replace rotted decking, as roof decking is a vital part of a quality roof system that may be getting repaired.
The Supplemental Insurance Factor
Finding roof damage after a strong storm starts the sometimes overwhelming process of dealing with an insurance company. If a claim is approved, you’ll get an insurance estimate for the scope of work your insurance company will pay for, but like all sentient beings, insurance adjusters make mistakes and leave important things off your estimate.
That’s where your roofing contractor comes in and applies something called supplementing – you see, when an insurance adjuster leaves something off your estimate, they aren’t giving you enough money to do the job. When this occurs, your insurance claim has to be supplemented, which equates to your roofing contractor fighting for you to ensure every line item – including local codes – your roof needs is covered by the insurance company.
If a roofing contractor isn’t willing to do this or doesn’t know how to, don’t even think about hiring them.
On the roofing companies Denver circuit, one name always pops up, and that’s Custom Onside. Call us today at (720) 316-5455 if you are in need of expert roof repair, exterior painting, gutter repair and installation, hail damage repair or storm damage restoration.