I see roof emergencies all the time and for all sorts of reasons so this week we're going to talk about how to handle them because regardless of the current health crisis, we all still need a solid roof over our head.
What qualifies as an emergency roofing repair?
Once a roofing system is compromised, it will allow water infiltration. A quick roof repair or protective cover must be installed to stop further interior and structural damage. In most cases, we will emergency tarp the hole in the roof or damaged area until the weather system passes and we can assess damage and perform a permanent roof repair.
What Causes Roof Damage Most?
In most instances, the roofing system was compromised due to a weather event like snow, rain, wind or lightning.
For example, winds that exceed 80 km h have the force to tear shingles from the roof and expose the substrate. Trees limbs can be torn off trees and penetrate the structure. Lightning can strike and literally blow a hole through the roof.
Animals are also a source of roof emergencies. Raccoons and squirrels love to chew through rotted wood and create sizable holes in the roof.
Another common reason for roof damage is that the roof has broken down over time, lost its integrity and no longer is properly sealing the structure.
What Happens When Roofers Get a Call for Emergency Repairs?
If it’s in the middle of a storm, we will wait until the storm subsides and then mobilize in a quick fashion. Safety for my workers is my first priority. There's often nothing we can reasonably do when there's high wind, heavy rain and lightning during a storm. However we will come out immediately when able and as mentioned above either perform an emergency tarping or perform the repair if we are able to upon arrival.
What Should I Do About the Roof Damage?
First of all I cannot stress this enough: Don’t panic. The damage to the roof is already done. Contact your insurance provider and a professional roofing contractor to help immediately. Take your time to consider your repair or replacement options once a contractor has secured the roof and protected your home from further damage.
Do NOT attempt to repair the roof on your own. There’s too much risk of being injured, and a homeowner will not properly assess the actual damage.
REMEMBER: Roofs and ceilings can be repaired easily, broken bones cannot. Document your loss and damages, in writing and with photos when necessary and if possible.
We are in a challenging time as a community here in Niagara and across the world but emergencies still can happen.
If you need advice or information about a current roofing emergency for your home or business my team and I at Class EH! Roofing would be glad to assist you in any way we can.
We have 24-7 emergency service, are highly qualified and insured and offer peace of mind with our experienced staff and free estimates. Call us now at: 289-687-6924 or fill out the form below. Stay safe and stay well everyone!
You may have roofing issues right now, but are understandably unsure if you can get any work done during the current COVID-19 situation, so, we are going to discuss this in order for you to be able to make an informed decision that works for your household or business at this time.
First off it is important to understand that leaving any damage unattended can cause significant damage to your home and added expenses that you do not want to risk, making it really important to address any roof issues that you have as soon as you can.
That being said, here are a few ways that our team at Class Eh! Roofing are operating right now to ensure everyone’s safety while doing emergency services during the coronavirus outbreak.
Safety Measures During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Paperless Transactions – We have prepared an entirely paperless format to ensure zero contact during roof inspections, interactions with customers and the actual roofing job itself.
Physical Social Distancing – Since work is done outside your home, you don’t have to worry about running into any of our crew throughout the job.
Compliance With Public Health Agency of Canada Recommendations – We will never risk our customers’ or employees’ health or safety. Our team strictly follows the protocols recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
We encourage sick employees to stay at home, and we also perform routine cleaning and disinfection of our tools, work attire, and other equipment and gear.
Reasons Why You Should Not Delay Roof Repairs
While it’s important to prioritize your health with the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s also important to note that your home should be in good shape as well, to keep you healthy and safe inside.
This is equally important for both major and minor roof problems. Serious damage to your roof can cause immediate concerns, while minor ones like small leaks can turn into bigger problems and lead to more extensive damage.
For example, non-stop exposure to moisture (such as with leaks) can make your home susceptible to mold growth. It can also affect the air quality inside your home. Apart from potentially damaging your home, mold can also have an impact on your health, especially if you have allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma. Needless to say, now more than ever, it is crucial to stay healthy and to protect yourself and your family from such risks.
Got Roofing Questions in the Niagara Region? We Are Here for You at Class Eh! Roofing
We are a family business that specializes in residential and commercial roofing. We’re committed to ensuring your and our workers’ safety during this health situation while we continue to provide the emergency roof services that you may need.
To learn more about our services and the steps we are taking to carry out roof work safely, call us at (289) 687-6924, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to fill out our online contact form. Stay safe and stay well!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!