As is the case in many other disasters, preparedness is a key to recovery. To make restoration less costly and time-consuming, here are a few things to do:
Visual Inspection: Laypeople can obviously not see all the damage that professionals identify, but a broken shingle is a broken shingle. In addition to offering a starting point for repairs, pictures can often be effective before-and-after displays.
Check Non-Roof Areas: If windows, gutters, walls, and other structures are damaged, there is probably hidden damage on the roof as well.
Leaks: Even if there is no dripping water, the roof may still be leaking, so check for discoloration and hanging drywall. Also, check the attic with a flashlight.
Get Help: Having established a baseline, reach out to an experienced contractor. Do a little research before you call anyone.
Call the Insurance Company: Many people reverse the process and call the insurance company first, so they really do not know what they need. Once the inspection process is complete, and once you have a contractor you trust, have the adjuster come out to the property.
Don’t hesitate to ask the contractors things like how long they have been in business under the same name, their status with the Better Business Bureau, and how much insurance they have. If you don’t like the answers, call someone else.