In Atlanta, your home stands as your ultimate treasure. It’s your sanctuary, where you unwind after a hectic day’s work. It’s where your cherished ones reside – your family and your pets. Within its walls lie your memories and the canvas for new ones. Your home is an embodiment of your identity, a space to personalize with your chosen colors and designs.
When storms brew, as they frequently do in Atlanta, and wreak havoc on our homes, it can feel like a personal affront. The audacity of nature to harm our haven might cross our minds. Damage can stem from hail, tornado-flung trees, or debris whipped by powerful gusts. What steps should homeowners take when severe storms leave a trail of destruction?
First and foremost, make sure you and your family are safe. This is of top priority. This goes for any type of natural disaster, whether large or small. Roofs can be repaired. Homes can be fixed. Trees can be replanted. But your family is a prized gift. If damage has occurred, stay away from downed power lines, never use an electrical device if there is excessive floodwater present, and use caution around damaged buildings. Please be safe as you exit your home and be aware of any hanging branches, broken wires, or trees ready to fall. Use caution.
Assess the Damage to Your Roof
Regardless of how sturdy a roofing system is, it just can’t compete with some of the major storms that present themselves in Fulton County. Take as many pictures as you can of your roof when conditions are appropriate. If you are able, get a video as well. It is better to have more pictures and videos than not enough.
Make Temporary Fixes
If you have water seeping through the ceiling of your home into your kitchen, grab buckets, pails, or pots to collect it. You don’t want to have to repair more damaged areas than necessary. Flooding can often occur when severe storms pass through, so evaluate your basement or lower level. If you can safely climb on your roof, tarp over the damaged areas so no further complications will occur in your home. Safety should always be at the top of the list.
Contact Your Local Roofing Contractor
Always trust a local company to assist you with storm damage repairs after a storm. Avoid placing your trust, and money, in fly-by-night, storm-chasing roofing companies. Unfortunately, they tend to prey on the devastated and don’t deliver product material and service as a local contractor will. If anything goes wrong with the roof after the installation, the storm chasers have already left town and can’t be reached. A local company can quickly come and assess the situation and resolve any complications.
Contact Your Insurance Agent
Give a call to your insurance agent to discuss the policy they sold you. It is best to contact the agent you work with rather than a random person on the 800 lines. Your agent knows you, knows your policy and knows the situation. Your agent can guide you through the steps that need to be taken regarding filing a claim.
When the time comes for repair, place your trust in The Roofing Company in Atlanta. We are dedicated to providing you with superior roofing products and services. We have a personal vested interest in our community and helping where we can. We stand behind our quality products and exceptional workmanship with amazing warranties. Place your trust in a local roofing company that treats you like family.
When damages happen to your roof from a recent storm, contact The Roofing Company to assist in bringing it back and restoring your home to the comfort and peace you seek.