HIGH WIND — Strong winds that typically accompany storms can cause shingles to crack, bend, or fly off, leaving your roof and the interior of your home vulnerable to leaks or further damage.
HAIL — Hailstorms rarely last more than 15 minutes, but the damage can be devastating. Hail pounding on your roof can cause dents, missing asphalt, bruising, or cracking in your shingles.
STANDING WATER — Flat roofs without proper drainage may collect water in uneven areas, while clogged gutters can back water up under your shingles.
DEBRIS — Depending upon the severity of the storm, debris can include anything from branches to yard furniture. It's important to remember that impact damage might not be visible from the surface of the shingle.
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.
Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointments when you choose a contractor from
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.
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.
Timberline® ArmorShield™ II and Grand Sequoia® Shingles offer excellent wind ratings, pass the toughest industry impact-resistance test, and deliver Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology to help reduce the use of natural resources. Plus, you may qualify to receive insurance discounts (check with your insurance agent for details).
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