A large, hulking tree falling on the roof is a stressful scenario that most homeowners hope to never encounter. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions or overgrowth can cause trees to buckle and come hurling down on nearby structures, leading to serious damage and costly roof repair. If you ever find yourself in this situation, make sure to keep calm and take these five necessary steps:
1. Assess the damage. If a tree falls on your roof, the first thing you will have to do is visually inspect the extent of damage from a safe distance. It is also important to call the insurance company as soon as possible so they can help cover repair or replacement costs that are required to bring your residential property back to its pristine condition.
2. Document the damage. If the tree is still resting on your roof, it will be best to evacuate the residents and pets from the affected area. Remember to document the damage to make the insurance claims process faster and less complicated. Be sure to get pictures of the tree itself, your roofing system and damaged interior belongings.
3. Check if there are downed electrical wires. You need to consult an electric company if the tree struck any power lines, transformers and other electrical equipment. Make sure not to go anywhere near downed power lines.
4. Do not attempt to remove the tree. Some homeowners feel tempted to climb on the roof in order to remove the fallen tree themselves. This is extremely hazardous. Keep in mind that both the tree and your roofing structure will be wobbly and weak during this time period. Leave the risk to a local remediation service, roofer and tree trimmer. They have the right tools and key skills to properly address the situation in a safe manner.
Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. is a premier source of storm-damaged roof repair and metal roofing replacement in Florida. We work diligently to provide clients in and around Tampa, FL, with exceptional service from start to finish. Call at (813) 657-7663 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.