Immediate Steps to Take After Storm Damages 

July 1, 2024

Immediate Steps to Take After Storm Damages 

Storms can wreak havoc on your home, particularly your roof. When your roof is damaged, acting quickly is crucial to prevent further harm to your property and to ensure your safety. Your trusted NH roofers are here with a step-by-step guide on what to do immediately following storm damage to your roof.

Ensure Safety First

Before anything else, make sure you and your family are safe. Avoid any areas with visible damage or potential hazards, such as downed power lines, broken glass, or structural damage. If the storm has caused significant destruction, consider evacuating the premises until it is deemed safe to return.

Assess the Damage

Once it’s safe, conduct a preliminary assessment of the damage. You don’t need to climb onto the roof; a visual inspection from the ground or from inside your attic will suffice. Look for missing shingles, visible holes, dents, or any debris that may have caused damage. Check for signs of leaks inside the house, such as water stains on the ceiling or walls.

Document the Damage

Take detailed photos and videos of all visible damage. This documentation will be essential for insurance claims and for contractors who will be assessing the repairs needed. Capture different angles and close-up shots to provide a comprehensive view of the damage.

Prevent Further Damage

If there are active leaks or exposed areas, take immediate action to minimize further damage. Use tarps, plastic sheeting, or plywood to cover holes or damaged sections of the roof. Inside the house, place buckets or containers under leaks to catch water and prevent interior damage.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Notify your insurance company as soon as possible to report the damage. Provide them with the documentation you’ve collected and follow their instructions for filing a claim. An adjuster will likely visit your property to assess the damage and estimate repair costs.

Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor

Choose a reputable roofing contractor to conduct a thorough inspection and make the necessary repairs. Look for contractors with experience in storm damage repairs and check their credentials and reviews. Avoid storm chasers—unscrupulous contractors who prey on storm victims.


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