What Should I Do in a Roofing Emergency?

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Dealing With Roofing Emergencies

A roofing emergency can be an incredibly stressful situation. This is true for both homeowners and business owners, as your roof plays an incredibly important role in protecting your home or building from damage. However, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do when an emergency strikes with your roofing system, and you may not even know what counts as a roofing emergency and when to reach out for emergency roof repair. Knowing what to watch out for is an important first step in knowing what to do to take care of a roofing emergency. 

What Counts as a Roofing Emergency?

It should almost go without saying that any problem with your roofing system should be taken care of as quickly as possible. This is because any roofing damage can quickly become a far bigger problem, no matter how small that problem may be. However, not all damage qualifies as a roofing emergency. 

One of the first factors to keep in mind is that any situation posing an immediate threat to your home or building or to the people who reside inside it qualifies as an emergency situation. For example, structural damage to your roofing system is a clear emergency situation that needs to be taken care of immediately. This is because a problem such as a sagging roof could be incredibly dangerous if neglected for any amount of time. 

Other issues that could count as an emergency situation could include major damage to your roofing system. This could include problems such as damage caused by debris falling onto your roof or severe damage caused by a major weather event such as a hole in your roofing system. While not every roof leak will qualify as a roofing emergency, a large leak can also be considered an emergency situation because it could quickly lead to major damage. 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Roofing Emergencies?

A roofing emergency can be caused by a number of different factors. However, there are some issues that lead to a need for emergency roof repair far more commonly than other problems. Knowing what some of these things are can be helpful in identifying when repairs may be necessary for your roofing system. Some of the factors that more commonly cause roofing emergencies include:

  • Hailstorms: Hail can damage a roof in numerous ways. Typically, hail will not begin to cause damage until it has reached about an inch in size. However, it can lead to severe damage that should not be neglected. The many different types of damage caused by hail can include missing, bruised, or cracked shingles as well as dented metal roofing. Hail can also cause damage to your roof’s flashing or gutters. 
  • High winds: High winds can also be a major cause of damage to roofing systems. It can often cause damage by loosening shingles and even removing shingles altogether. High winds can also cause debris such as tree limbs to fall onto the roof, which can lead to major damage that should be taken care of immediately. 
  • Water intrusion: Though water intrusion will not always lead to a roofing emergency, major damage can occur over time. If the problem is not identified in a timely manner, the roof’s interior may begin to deteriorate and a roofing emergency can arise. Pooling water can also lead to a roofing emergency, as this can lead to a full roof collapse if the roofing is damaged and there is too much weight for the roofing system to hold. 
  • Lack of Maintenance: Maintenance is incredibly important for any type of roofing system. While some issues with a roof may be minor at first, they can transform into much bigger problems if they are neglected for too long. For example, an area with missing shingles can lead to serious problems in your roof’s underlayment and ultimately cause a roofing emergency. 

Watching out for any of these issues can help you to identify when you may be dealing with a roofing emergency. 

What Steps Should I Take in a Roofing Emergency?

There are many things to remember if you ever find yourself dealing with a roofing emergency. One of the first things to keep in mind is that you should not attempt to deal with the situation yourself. Only a qualified professional should attempt to provide emergency roof repair. There are many reasons for this. Attempting to take care of a roofing problem if you don’t have the proper experience can often make the issue much worse. Additionally, trying to take care of a roof can be incredibly dangerous. 

If you have identified that you are dealing with an emergency situation, the first and most important thing to do is to reach out to an experienced roofing contractor. They will be able to come out to your home or building and assess the damage to your roofing system. From there, they will be able to work with you to come up with a plan to protect your home or building and to provide you with the roof repair services you need, or even a new roof installation if necessary.

Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover a Roofing Emergency?

It can be difficult to determine when your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to a roofing system, and these situations are generally handled on a case-by-case basis. Typically, insurance will cover a problem with your roofing system if the issue was caused by severe weather or a similar issue that was out of your control. However, if there were other factors that may have caused your roof to become damaged such as a lack of maintenance or if your roof was nearing the end of its lifespan, you may not be covered. 

The best way to ensure you make a successful claim is to work with a roof insurance claims specialist. A roofer that is experienced in helping their clients make roof insurance claims will be able to take you through the process while they assist you with your roof repairs or roof replacement. 

If you have found yourself in need of help with an emergency roof repair, the Trake Construction Management, LLC team can be there to provide you with all the assistance you require to ensure you are able to get your home or building back into the best shape possible. Just reach out to us to get the process started and we can be there right away to take care of your roofing system.