Winter can bring family fun in the snow and cozy times by the fireplace, but it can also mean hazardous road conditions, snow shoveling and yes, even roof damage.  This is because your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the damaging effects of ice and heavy snows, so it can take a beating during  times of intense winter weather. Do you know what you should do if your roof is damaged by a snowstorm?

This is the subject of an informative article posted by our friends at the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) entitled, Roof Repair After a Snowstorm. In this article, you can find important information about what to do following a major snowstorm, including safety considerations, how to select a contractor, and what you need to know before you file an insurance claim.

Safety Considerations

Inspecting your roof for damage can be dangerous, particularly in icy, snowy, or otherwise slick conditions. If you decide to go up on a ladder to look for damage to your roof, the NRCA recommends several safety tips including:

  • Do not attempt to climb a ladder or assess roof damage after dark
  • Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves
  • Do not attempt to make repairs except under extreme circumstances, work you do now can mask more significant damage and can make it more difficult to file a homeowners insurance claim

How to Select a Contractor

In most cases, it is in your best interest to have a professional roofing contractor inspect and repair your roof. It is important, however, that you choose a quality contractor so that your job is done right the first time. The NRCA provides a long checklist of things to look for in a contractor including:

The NRCA also recommends that you avoid contractors who can provide only out-of-state reference, who only accept payment in cash, or who require payment before materials are on site.

Information about Insurance

If you are planning to file an insurance claim, be sure to gather a copy of your homeowners insurance policy, including the policy number. The insurance company should be notified as soon as possible after the damage occurs. Be sure to save all paperwork and receipts pertaining to repairs that have been made to your roof.

Learn More

You can learn more about each of these subjects, and about where you can turn for financial assistance if necessary, by reading the full article here.

If you live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs and you suspect that winter weather has damaged your roof, you can turn to Baltic Home Improvements. We are a trusted, local contractor that has been providing quality workmanship and excellent customer service to area residents since 2004. To make things easier for your, our team of roofing experts can work directly with your insurance company to handle insurance claims and payments. This courtesy claims assistance service is just one of the many ways that BHI distinguishes itself among the competition.Contact us today to learn more.