Your Handbook to Storm Damage in East Texas

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We’ve had several intense rain storms the last few weeks, and winter weather is ahead. Severe weather can cause roofing storm damage in East Texas several ways. This article will focus on understanding storm damage and figuring out what to do about it.

Understanding Storm Damage

When bad weather hits, your roof protects your home from the elements. Here are some of the ways storm damage can weaken this important structure:

  • Strong East Texas winds — Almost every month of 2018 Tyler has had wind gusts in excess of 20 miles per hour, with average winds of around eight mph. Strong gusts or just steady pressure can pry loose shingles and expose underlying materials.
  • Hail — Bullets of ice drive into your shingles and dislodge the asphalt granules key to weather and sun-proofing your home.
  • Trees — When it storms, any limbs that stretch over your roofline whip back and forth, knocking granules and whole shingles loose. Limbs and whole trees can fall under the pressure of wind and rain.

How Do I Know if My Roof Has Storm Damage?

After a storm when you’re picking up debris in your yard, take a look at your roof. Walk around your home’s exterior and examine your roof from the ground to check for dented, damaged or missing shingles. Examine your patio furniture, bar-b-cue grill and outdoor air conditioning unit for tell-tale signs of hail damage.

Look at your gutters while you’re at it. Make sure they’re clear of debris that could obstruct water flow the next time it rains. If your gutters received dents from hail, your roof did too. Make sure heavy rains and washing debris didn’t disconnect gutter sections, downspouts or elbows. If you see signs of damage, take photos of them. They’ll help if you need to file an insurance claim.

If you see any water damage on interior ceilings, you have a problem you need to address immediately. Call for a free, professional roofing inspection.

Filing an Insurance Claim

The Texas Department of Insurance offers this advice when it comes to filing an insurance claim for storm damage:

  • Call the toll-free claims number on your policy. Have your policy number ready, and be aware you’ll probably need to follow up in writing.
  • Make sure you understand your coverage. If you’re not sure, ask your agent to explain it to you.
  • Don’t make repairs until your insurance adjuster has seen the damage. If you must make any temporary repairs to stop water from coming in, take pictures first.
  • If you removed damaged items from the house, try to store them until your adjuster can look at them. If that’s not possible, again take photos.
  • If you must make temporary repairs, note what you did and keep receipts.
  • Keep records every time you talk with your insurance company. Instead of relying on your memory during a stressful time, write down the person’s name, when you spoke and what you talked about. Put any correspondence in one file so it’s easy to locate.

How Advantage Roofing Provides Storm Damage Repair

Advantage Roofing provides storm damage repair for Tyler, Longview, Dallas and surrounding communities. If you suspect storm damage, let us take a look. We won’t apply pressure or try to sell you something you don’t need, but we will help you get your roof back into top shape. Call for a free roofing analysis today.