Having a tree fall on your home is something that most homeowners don’t want to think about. In addition to the danger that a fallen tree poses, the incident itself can be costly and temporarily make your home uninhabitable. However, just like with home fire plans, it’s best to be prepared in the event a tree strikes your roof.
If a tree strikes your home, it should be addressed immediately with the following in mind.
1. Stay Safe
Before beginning any work on your roof, it’s important to assess the situation and ensure your safety. If the tree is still partially attached or leaning against your roof, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Instead, call a professional tree removal service to handle the situation. If the tree has fallen completely, check for power lines or signs of gas leaks and contact the appropriate utility company if necessary. Additionally, if you believe that the structural integrity of the home may be compromised, it is advised to evacuate and call 911 to assist you further.
If you can safely do so, take a close look at your roof and assess the damage. Check for any damaged or missing shingles, cracks in the roof decking, or damage to the flashing or gutters. Look inside your attic for any signs of water damage or leaks. It’s always best to call a professional inspector to assess for signs of damage that you may miss.
No matter if the damage is small or large, make sure to take clear photos and videos from several angles, including inside damage. This will be helpful when communicating with professionals and for insurance purposes.
4. Remove Debris
Clear any branches, leaves, and other debris that can easily be removed from your roof. This will allow you to get a better look at the damage and prevent further damage to your roof or home. Use caution when removing debris, as the roof may be weakened. Remember, if the tree is still partially attached or leaning against the home, do not attempt to remove the debris.
5. Make Temporary Repairs
If there is a hole in your roof or other apparent damage that is allowing water to leak into your home, make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For example, you may cover the hole with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure it with heavy-duty duct tape.
6. Call a Professional
Depending on the damage, you may need to call a roofing contractor for repairs. A professional roofer will have the tools and expertise to properly assess the damage and make any necessary repairs to your roof. Even if there is no notable damage, you may still want to consider having a professional roofing company inspect the roof. Experienced roofers are trained to spot signs of damage that a homeowner may overlook. Having a professional inspection will give you peace of mind and ensure that your roof is intact.
7. Consider an Insurance Claim
If the tree fall has caused significant damage to your roof and home, you may need to file an insurance claim – and we highly recommend working with a Public Adjuster. All of this is discussed in detail in an inspection meeting.
Working with the Pros
Taking care of your roof after a tree fall can be a daunting task, but following these steps can help you get your roof and home back in good condition. If you’re unsure about how to proceed or the damage is extensive, it’s always best to consult with a professional roofing contractor.
The professionals at Rose Roofing have years of experience working with tree damage and are happy to work with you as you navigate the roof repair process. Our experts work with a private adjuster and will collaborate with your insurance company to ensure you pay as little as possible. Contact us for a free quote or to schedule an inspection today.