What to do if a tree falls on your house

by robbinsroofinginc on March 8, 2012

Trees add beauty to your property and much needed shade in the hot summer months. They also add the potential for damage should they fall on your roof during a storm. While the top concern may be getting a crew out to remove the tree and begin repairs, the fact is that you will probably have to wait until the storm passes before calling any contractors. Here are the steps you should take should a tree land on your roof.

Take a few pictures of the interior damage before moving anything. If possible, take pictures of the exterior from within the safety of your home. Contact the insurance company to begin the claims process while your family begins the process of packing a few necessities. You will want to leave the structure for the duration of the storm for safety. Grab those items that will leave you truly heartbroken if they are destroyed by rain and water such as pictures and family heirlooms that cannot be replaced.

Leaving the house is necessary for safety. The tree can shift further in the course of the storm, putting the structure and people inside it at risk. Water entering through a damaged roof can also pose problems for people still in the house. Even if the tree did not break through the roof, you should still leave the structure in case it does crash through before the storm ends. As you are leaving the home, snap a few more pictures from the relative safety of your car.

Keep the pictures in a safe place for the insurance company, along with any receipts for accommodations and other expenses related to leaving the property. If the tree did not actually damage the structure, you may only require roof repair for the damaged shingles. Once the storm passes, you will be able to call a roofing company in Oklahoma City to have the damage assessed and learn what your options are. We have experienced roofers on staff who can determine both the extent of the damage and make suggestions as to necessary roof repair work.

At Robbins Roofing Inc. we have more than 60 years of experience in roof replacement and roof restoration. We can get your home covered and protected again in the event that a tree should cause damage. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about how we can help.

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