According to the National Storm Damage Center, falling trees have accumulated as much as one billion dollars worth of property damage over the years. If you have trees growing on your property, knowing what to do in case a tree falls on the roof can help mitigate damage to your house. In today’s post, local roofing and window installation service contractor Timberland Exteriors shares a quick guide on what to do if a tree, unfortunately, falls on your roof.
Keep a Safe Distance
Gather your family and keep as much distance from the fallen tree as possible. If a storm is still going outside, have your family stay in an unaffected part of the house or a guest house if you have one. If the power went out right after the tree hit your home, assume there’s a downed power line and/or a ruptured gas line.
Call for Emergency Services
In addition to calling for emergency repairs for a downed power line, you should also call your roofing contractor for emergency roof repairs. Roofers that offer emergency roofing services can provide a temporary covering for your roof that can help prevent further damage. They will then return when the storm has abated and determine the extent of repairs needed or if your home will need a new roof installation. The same roofer can assist you with your insurance claim by providing documentation of the roofing damage and an estimate of the repair or replacement costs, both of which will be needed by your insurance provider.
Hire an Arborist
In addition to landscaping work, arborists can help remove a fallen tree cleanly and preserve it if it’s still alive. If you need to plant a new tree that has stronger roots, they can recommend local species that are less likely to fall or get uprooted during a storm.
Timberland Exteriors is your leading provider of roofing and fiber cement siding. Give us a call at (651) 374-9858 or (218) 514-5177. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Maplewood, MN, and the surrounding communities.