Some homeowners will likely never have to deal with a tree falling over and damaging their roof. But if this is the case with your home, you’ll need to act fast to prevent the damage from spreading and result in costly roof repairs. Here’s what you need to do:
Check for Injuries
When a tree falls on your roof, make sure to check if your family has sustained injuries from the incident. Once you’re sure that they’re safe, you can proceed to inspect the roof. However, if the weather still hasn’t subsided, you need to wait until it’s safe to go out and check your roof.
Assess the Damage
Depending on the extent of the damage, you’ll probably need to vacate your home safely, especially if you suspect that the tree is going to completely fall through your roof. Once it’s safe to go out, walk around your home, and check your roof from ground level to assess how much damage your roof has sustained from the fallen tree. Never attempt to go up yourself as you’ll risk a roof collapse.
Call Your Insurance Provider and Emergency Services
If the tree took down the electrical lines as it fell, it most likely resulted in a power outage. Make sure to call 911 as soon as possible to avoid risking fire or electrical shock. You’ll also need to get in touch with your insurance provider and discuss how the company will cover the costs for the tree removal as well as the needed roof replacement.
Call in a Professional Roofer
As soon as you assess the damage on your roof, call in a trusted contractor as soon as possible. The pros will be able to make emergency repairs to mitigate and take care of the damages on your roof. Keep in mind that if your tree fell on your roof after a severe storm, don’t hire contractors or “storm chasers” who are going around the neighborhood offering their services at cheap rates. The prices may be attractive, but it will most likely mean low-quality workmanship.
Roofing contractors should also have the right licenses and credentials to operate so that you can be sure that your roof gets repaired professionally. And with Mpact Roofing, we’ll get the job done right whether you need professional roofing or exterior renovation services. Reach us at (512) 535-2053, or fill out our online contact form!