Roof damage from trees

Contact a roofing company that offers 24-hour emergency service if a tree falls on your house.

Contact a roofing company that offers 24-hour emergency service if a tree falls on your house.

Trees add beauty to the natural landscape surrounding your house, but during a storm, a beautiful tree can become a significant threat. If a tree falls on your home after severe weather, use the following tips to assess the situation.

"Make sure everyone is okay and get out of the house as soon as possible for safety reasons," says Ben Mears of the Seattle-area roofing company Mears Roofing. Remaining inside the home poses a risk to your loved ones, especially if water comes in contact with electrical circuits.

If possible, take pictures of the damage inside and outside the house and keep them in a safe place. You can use them later as proof of the damage to your home. You may also want to pack some necessities and valuables since you may be away from home for an extended period of time.

If the tree did not damage the structure of the home, the roof may only require repairs for damaged or missing shingles. Many roofing contractors will provide tarps to cover the damaged areas during the repair process. According to Mears, if your house has structural roof damage, you also will want to call a general contractor. Some roofers have a general contractor's license, which is helpful if there is structural damage to your home.

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