Emergency Roof Repair: What Every Homeowner Should Know

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Every homeowner dreads the idea of an emergency roof repair. Whether it’s a leak, storm damage, or just old age that’s taken a toll on your roof, you know when an emergency arises, you need to act fast to save your home and prevent further damage.

Thankfully, there are some steps you can take before things get out of control, and we’ve laid them out in this blog.

Just follow these tips on dealing with a roof emergency, and you won’t get caught off guard!


What Constitutes a Roofing Emergency? 

A roofing emergency can be caused by a variety of factors, from storms and weather damage to extensive wear and tear over the years – or more likely decades.

During significant storms, for example, strong winds and pounding rains, as well as lightning, hail, and fallen trees, can wreak havoc on your roofing system. You might, therefore, notice impact damages, such as holes in your roof, dents, displaced granular from hail damage, creases from wind damage, or mechanical damage from footfall or other repairs being made that lead to broken parts.

The damages may lead to unforeseen leaks and major water damage inside your home. All of these are considered roofing emergencies and will warrant an emergency roofing repair.


What’s the First Thing to Do When You Experience a Roof Emergency?

When you experience a roof emergency, it’s important to act fast to minimize the damage. Here are 4 of the most important steps when dealing with a roof emergency:

  1. Make sure it’s safe to go outside. Don’t risk going out to check on your home if the storm hasn’t passed yet. Go outside only when it stops completely.
  1. Assess the damage. Walk around your property to check for the most obvious damages, leaks, missing or broken shingles, and any other damage that may have occurred. Take pictures of everything that looks normal or abnormal. Pictures justify all that occurred during your roof emergency, even when it’s items that don’t relate to the roof. Take overview and close-up shots of everything from every angle around your home.
  1. Secure your home. If there is a danger of further damage or the damage is more extensive, make sure to secure your home by closing off any open areas and putting tarps over any damaged spots when possible.
  1. Call a roofing contractor. Don’t try to go on the roof yourself as it is very dangerous. Instead, call a roofer. They will assess and fix your problem so you can move on from this stressful event and get back to life as usual.


What to Expect from the Roofing Process?

It’s important that when you experience an emergency roof repair, you contact a roofer as soon as possible. They are trained to handle the situation and can help provide some peace of mind.

Once you’ve contacted a roofer, they will work to assess the situation as quickly as possible and help you choose the best course of action for your home. The repair process may include removing and replacing damaged shingles, but sometimes even a full roof replacement, depending on the extent of your roof emergency.

At Revived Exteriors, we make sure to provide you with a detailed report of our findings, and document everything that relates to storm damage requiring the proper methods of repair needing to be done – clearly and professionally. We can also help you decide if it’s wise to file a claim for your roofing system. If you do decide to file it, we can ensure your claim’s process is treated just as if it were our own home.


Prevent Future Emergencies

In addition, it’s also important to take steps to help prevent future roof emergencies.

For example, regular inspections are a great way to identify potential problems before they become expensive issues. Revived Exteriors recommends scheduling them at least once a year.

With professional inspections in place and a roofing contractor that you can trust, you’ll have peace of mind that your roof will protect what matters most, your family! 

So, whether it is a regular inspection or a roofing emergency, your best roofing contractors Buffalo Grove IL are always at your disposal! Give us a call anytime!

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