What To Do When You Spot Storm Damage

March 15, 2024

We know exactly what you feel when you see the leak lines creeping on your ceiling during a massive rainstorm or the loud impacts of hailstones during a hailstorm – you wish you could do something to prevent the damage on your roof. But, a high-quality roof (and ceiling) is designed to protect you and minimize damage to the other components of your roof.

Once the storm settles, there are a few things you can do to restore your roof and attic back to its condition before the storm has passed and hopefully minimize your expenses.

Ensuring Safety First

When assessing damage to your roof, it's crucial to prioritize safety above all else. For now, avoid entering areas with damaged ceilings and roofing materials. If you should, do so with caution. This is especially true if there are exposed wiring in your attic (if any) as these can be extremely dangerous. If you can take photos as part of your documentation for insurance, do so at a safe distance.

Documenting the Damage

As mentioned earlier, documenting the damage is an essential step in the process of dealing with storm damage. Before roofers can begin any repairs, they can thoroughly document the damage to your roof and observe areas that have potentially serious problems. By taking photographs and videos from multiple angles, they have a clear view of what needs to be done and can give you a rough estimate on everything your roof needs.

Contacting Your Insurance Company

Another aspect of documenting roof damage is getting help from your insurance company. You or your roofer can contact the insurer to report the incident alongside the necessary documentation. These cna be the photos and videos of the damage. With the right information, you and your roofer are well prepared to answer any questions they may have about the damage and the circumstances surrounding it.

Temporary Repairs

This is the part a reliable local roofer can help you. They can make temporary repairs to your property to prevent further damage as you await your insurer's decision and possible adjustments. In most cases, the temporary repairs include placing a tarp over a damaged roof and replacing some crucial components that reduce the damage to your roof. Also keep in mind to keep all receipts for these repairs, as they may be reimbursable by your insurance company.

Start The Repairs

Once your insurer approves your claim, your professional contractor can now make the necessary repairs. When hiring a contractor, look for reputable contractors with experience in storm damage repair. Get multiple quotes and check references before making a decision. 

Need help with recent storm damage on your roof? Count on SJ Winn Construction to have your back. Call us today or talk to us on our to learn how we can help you. We're always here to serve you, and we've recently expanded in various areas in Connecticut! 


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

Phone: 860-379-8863
Email: sjwinnconstruction@gmail.com