With the recent bad weather in the area, SSHBA Member GAF would like to provide you with some tips for your roof.
Detailed Roof Inspection Checklist
Here are a few tips to follow when assessing storm-related damage. If you do find damage, be sure to call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away. After storms, you may receive solicitations from unfamiliar contractors looking for work. To find reputable, factory-certified contractors in your area, visit the GAF contractor locator at: www.gaf.com/roofing/contractors.
INSIDE: Begin in the attic, if it’s accessible, during the daytime.
OUTSIDE: You may be able to see most, if not all, of your roof from ground level. Walk around your house, examining the roof for these signs of damage.
UP THE LADDER: If you are comfortable climbing a ladder and the weather conditions allow you to do so safely, you can get a better look at your roof up close.
Insider Tips For Getting Your Contractor’s Best Work
Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointments when you choose a contractor from your community.
Look for manufacturer designations. The contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory certified. Only 2% of roofing contractors are recognized as GAF Master Elite® Contractors.
Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. GAF Master Elite® Contractors are required to maintain satisfactory ratings with the BBB in order to retain their certification.
Dealing With Your Insurance Company
Once you choose a contractor, it is likely that they will recommend you call your insurance company and file a claim. In most cases, your insurance company will send out an insurance adjuster to evaluate the damage and work with you to resolve the claim. Most insurance adjusters are experienced with many elements of a home’s construction, but may not be roofing experts or have the ability to climb on your roof, so it may be a good idea to have your GAF factory-certified contractor meet your adjuster at your home.