Many roof disasters can’t be predicted and can occur during the worst times. Few things are more stressful than experiencing a genuine roof emergency in the middle of the night or during a major storm.
Fortunately, anyone who faces a roof emergency at the worst time is not alone. Most metropolitan areas have roofers who offer 24/7 emergency roof services (like Atlanta Roofing Specialists) and can at least stop further damages in a matter of hours, using temporary materials like tarps, until proper roof repairs can be applied.
What Exactly Is An Emergency Roof Repair?
When your roof is compromised, water damage can be immediate and progressively destructive not just to the roof, but the structure itself. To minimize further damage an costs, the problem must be addressed immediately.
Typically, emergency roof repairs involve using tarp or other methods to cover the compromised area and divert water away from the damage, safely away from the home. This gives the roof contractor time to a) allow the weather event to pass, b) give the contractor time to properly assess and repair the damage (especially during busy times) and/or c) allow the homeowner time to consider their options.
Some roof contractors (like Atlanta Roofing Specialists) are able to offer 24/7 Emergency Roof Repair services all year round, including holidays. Even if you are woken in the middle of the night by a tree falling into your bedroom, you can have an emergency repair crew at your home, in most cases, within hours!
What Happens When I Call A Roof Contractor For An Emergency Repair?
When you call for an emergency roof repair, a representative typically will gather as much information as possible and, if applicable, send an emergency repair crew to you immediately, many times within hours!
The emergency crew will come out there with the materials needed to stop additional damage caused by the problem and secure the area as best as possible. They will then schedule a formal estimate and proper repair to be performed at a later date.
Of course, safety is the priority not only for the homeowner but the repair crews. So in instances such as heavy storms, safety considerations must be weighed and waiting until the danger to pass is often the best course of action. Once deemed safe, temporary repairs are made as soon as possible and a formal inspection is scheduled.
What Can I Do While I Wait For The Emergency Roof Repair Crew?
The first thing to do is don’t overreact to the situation. A roof failure can be a devastating thing. You may be tempted to attempt to contain the damage yourself or worse, attempt repairs yourself, DON’T!
A compromised roof can mean damage extending all the way to the foundation, including the structure itself! Without knowing the extent of the damage, even approaching a damaged area can result in collapse of the roof and surrounding structure resulting in injury or even death!
After contacting a roof contractor, stay away from the damaged area. The damage has been done, there is nothing more you can do. Don’t panic and get your insurance agent on the phone. Being proactive can take your mind off the damage and give you a sense of accomplishment that this too shall pass.
Patience Is A Virtue & Can Save You Money
Be patient. Especially during storms, these things take time. Roofing scams are at their peak after storms and prey on impatient homeowners. Do your homework on EVERY roof contractor (even the ones recommended by your insurance company) to ensure you don’t make the problem worse.
So, if you’re faced with a roof emergency, take a breath, call a roof contractor and your insurance agent and let the professionals handle it. It’s what they do.