Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed chimneys, missing ridge and roof tiles, missing or hanging slates, damaged gutters or leaks to the home interior.
You may have discovered damage to your roof. but are are having difficulty getting hold of a competent roofer. You’re naturally eager to have the problem fixed, and so you may be vulnerable to rogue traders.
Cowboy roofers are now out in force. They knock on your door offering to repair your roof., prices are usually verbal or written down on the back of a business card. A typical approach might be to offer to do work for a low price, this will then lead to more serious and expensive jobs that are then described as “urgent”.
- Do not be bullied into having the work done there and then.
- Repairs are often overpriced, shoddy, substandard and not good value for money.
- Work is undertaken in a rush with no regard for health and safety for themselves or people around. They have no business address or landline, and you have no guarantee of them returning if there is a problem.
A decent tradesperson will have a queue of customers waiting for them to start work on their home, and won’t have time to knock on doors.
Don’t take chances, contact a reputable Roofing Company, someone recommended to you, or a company in a trade association, such as The National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
Use your phone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will help ensure that you are fully compensated.
Contact your insurance company to notify them about the damage to your home. They may provide an emergency service to carry out temporary repairs.
They will then send out a loss adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made to you.
When a storm-related damage strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but the above steps can help you to begin the process of getting back to normal.