A lot of homeowners are fortunate enough to never have had a tree fall onto their home. But when this happens to you, mitigating the damage should be your top priority. Whether it’s due to extreme weather or high winds, you need to take immediate action so you won’t be forced to pay additional repair costs.
Understanding what needs to be done when suddenly facing this scenario isn’t complicated, but it does involve a few steps. Our roof replacement experts at Anthony John Construction explain what you need to know:
Check for Injuries and Damage
When a tree falls on your roof, one of the first things you’ll need to do is check if your family has sustained injuries from the incident. You can inspect the roof once you make sure they’re safe, but you may need to wait first until the extreme weather has subsided. Depending on the extent of the damage, you’ll probably need to vacate your home safely, especially if you suspect that the tree is going to completely fall through. Afterward, go around your home and assess how much damage your roof has sustained from the fallen tree.
Call a Professional Contractor
Locally trusted roofing contractors are recommended to take care of the damages on your roof. They should also have the right licenses and credentials to operate so that you can be sure that your roof will be repaired properly. Avoid shady contractors or “storm chasers” who show up unexpectedly after a storm; they might offer a low estimate for the repairs, but will most likely mean low-quality workmanship.
Contact Emergency Services and Insurance
If the fallen tree took down the electrical lines with it and resulted in a power outage, call 911 as soon as possible to avoid risking a fire or electrical shock. You’ll also need to get in touch with your insurance company so you can discuss how the removal costs can be covered as well as the procedures for emergency roof repairs.
As much as possible, never attempt to remove the tree yourself. Both the tree and your roof will be in an unstable condition and you’ll risk getting an injury, so it’s better to leave it to the professionals. And as a trusted roofing and siding replacement company, we’re the most trusted name in the area that can get it done efficiently! Hire Anthony John Construction today by calling (803) 518-9873 or through our convenient online form. We serve Lexington and surrounding SC areas.