A severe storm can spell disaster for a homeowner if the wind rips away a part of the roof or sends a heavy limb crashing into it. Fire is another force that can destroy all or part of a roof. Fortunately, such events are rare, but every homeowner should have a plan in place to deal with a roof emergency. The following are some recommended steps to take when a roof is seriously compromised.

Assess The Damage

First of all, if the house is on fire or if anyone is injured, someone should call 911. However, if all the humans and pets in the house are safe, it’s best to be calm about the situation. Once damage occurs, there is no way to undo it, and it’s easier to respond to a challenging situation when thinking calmly and rationally. Homeowners should take note of all damage they can safely observe and move any belongings near the damaged roof to a safer location.

Call For Help

When the roof is breached, the house is at risk of serious damage from rain or other precipitation. If a bolt of lightning or a tree branch comes through the roof or if a part of the roof is actually torn off, it’s important to seek emergency repair services right away. It’s a good idea to know the name of a trusted local roofer who is available 24/7. The second most important call to make is to the insurance company. The insurer may be able to offer immediate assistance, such as covering the cost of a hotel room if the house is uninhabitable.

Get A Temporary Repair

As soon as it is safe to do so, a roofing technician will cover the hole or the damaged area with a weather-proof tarp. This temporary measure will protect the house until a full repair can be made. Once the home is secure, roofers will be able to better evaluate the type of repair needed and schedule the time for it as soon as possible.

It’s important to work with a licensed and insured roofing contractor. Homeowners should never trust a roof repair to anyone but an experienced professional.