Hurricane season is almost here and with it comes long hours our after-storm cleanup. When it comes to roofing in Lawrenceville, GA, check out these tips from Preferred Roofing to help you stay safe during the repair and recovery process.
The safety of your family should be priority one in any storm. Remain indoors until the storm has passed, and inspect your property only if there's no danger of collapse. Avoid downed power lines and report them to your electric company as soon as possible. Document your initial inspection by taking photos and video of the damage. Inspect your attic first, checking for leaks and cracked beams before attempting to climb on the roof. If you see signs of damage in your attic, do not climb up on your roof. If it appears safe, check your roof shingles for signs of hail damage. Hail strikes have different effects depending on the type of roofing material. Ceramic shingle can easily crack under an assault of hail and should be replaced before the next storm. On asphalt or composition shingles, hail will leave dimples and dark spots that look similar to a bruise. If you have wood shingles, hail will chip away at the weathered surface material, exposing the untouched and brightly-colored wood beneath.
After you’ve documented the damage, it’s time to start clearing the debris. Be careful not to overexert yourself by lifting heavy branches or logs. If you have a chainsaw, cut fallen limbs into smaller, more manageable sections and then move them to the curb. Do not attempt to move trees that have fallen on your home; you could do more damage to your roof. Contact your local tree removal service to handle larger projects. After a major storm or hurricane, you local contractors are likely to be busy so be prepared to take extra steps to secure your roof while you wait for them. These extra measures could involve tarping your roof and the fallen tree to prevent future water damage inside your home. Clearing ground debris will help insurance agents and repair crews gain access to your home.
Repairing your roof after a major storm is not a DIY project. Replacing one or two shingles isn't the same as replacing a truss, which is why you should contact your local roofing company once the storm has passed. In the wake of the 2017 hurricanes was a flood of scam artists pretending to be roofing contractors and making door-to-door house calls in the affected areas. Most roofing companies do solicit door-to-door, and you should be wary of any company that asks for money up front before any repair work is done. Whether you need a few shingles or a new roof, contact a professional Lawrenceville roofing company for your project needs.