It isn’t easy to predict when a major storm or another incident will impact the roof of your Atlanta-area home. In some cases, the damage is enough to warrant a roof replacement.
While a storm may strike suddenly and without much warning, there are things you can do to prepare yourself when an emergency roof replacement is in order.
1. Find a Dependable Roofing Contractor
Working with a trustworthy, experienced roofing contractor is a must when you need to replace or repair your roof. Find a roofer in your area who will work with through every step of the process, whether it’s maintenance and repair work or a full replacement, and know how to contact them when an emergency occurs.
2. Develop a Plan
It’s always helpful to have a checklist of items that you should evaluate after a major storm occurs. The list should include things such as missing or damaged shingles, water leaks (both inside and outside the home), clogged gutters, cracked caulk around the roof’s flashing, and other issues.
You should also make sure you have things on hand that you may need after a storm, including covers for interior furniture, tarps, plywood, etc.
3. Schedule Regular Roof Maintenance
Having your roof inspected twice a year by a qualified contractor is essential for a lot of reasons, including that it keeps you alert to the overall condition of the roof and any weak areas that may be particularly susceptible to storm damage.
4. Put Funds Aside
Your budget should include funds for routine roof maintenance and an eventual replacement, whether it’s due to a storm or other factors, such as the age of your roof.
5. Keep Your Records Up-to-Date
Make sure that all of the records related to your roof are organized and easy to find in case of a storm or other emergency. Those records should include warranty paperwork, maintenance records and checklists, inspection reports, and installation details.
6. Assess the Damage
Work with your roofer to thoroughly inspect and assess the damage when a storm hits. Check for any areas particularly susceptible to wind, rain, or hail damage while making sure nothing gets overlooked.
Call Echols Roofing after a storm hits and when you may need an emergency roof replacement. Echols has handled roofing, and home improvement needs in the Atlanta area since 1960.