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Your Storm Damage Checklist | Emergency Roof Repair

So you think you need a new roof. Don’t worry. This helpful guide will walk you through everything you need to know —and everything you need to do — to make your roof replacement go as smoothly as possible.

NOTE: We recommend that you not climb on your roof. Especially after a storm, the roof structure may be weakened and shingles may be slippery. If you suspect roof damage, call a professional contractor you can trust to assist you with your assessment.


Assess your roof for storm damage. Walk around the perimeter of your home and photograph or take note of any damage. Obvious signs of damage may include dented, torn, curled or missing shingles.

Check gutters, roofing accessories and windows. Though your shingles may appear undamaged, dents in gutters and roof vents may point to hidden roof damage. Also, be sure to in5pect windows for cracks, loose weatherstripping and torn Screens.

Inspect the area around your home. Check for fallen tree limbs, broken fence5 and damage to lawn furniture and exterior decorations. Look CIo5eIy at flat surfaces such as patios and decks for signs of hail damage.

Look for leaks in your attic and ceilings. Even though your roof may appear undamaged from the outside, wind and hail may have caused leaks that can lead to problems later. Check ceilings and light fixtures for signs of water, and inspect your attic closely with a flashlight.

Call your homeowner's insurance company. Refer to your notes, report a claim with your insurance company and arrange for an inspection.

Call a contractor you can trust. After a storm, there may be a lot of contractors competing for your attention. Make sure you choose a contractor you can trust — such as an Owens Corning” Roofing Preferred or Platinum Preferred Contractor — to assess your damage, provide an estimate and replace your roof using proven products.

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