We are only a few short days away from April, the beginning of storm season here in Alabama. We don’t say that to scare you, we say that to make sure you’re prepared for whatever weather we experience this Spring. Weather can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean that we are caught off guard. Springtime storms can bring hail, heavy rains, high winds, and tornadoes. So how do you prepare for that? Here’s a helpful list:
Clean out gutters
Leaves and other debris can clog your gutters and spouts and send water pouring down your house or under the roof. While you’re at it, check for cracks that could let water into your house. Did you know we work on gutters? If your gutter system is not up to par or if you don’t have working gutters and downspouts, USA Roofing and Gutters can help.
Trim limbs and remove dead trees
If your home is surrounded by trees, this one is super important. Falling branches and trees cause some of the most common, but expensive, damage during storm season. Evaluate your yard for any trees or large limbs that may be dead. Trim the limbs and branches you can safely access, but hire professionals for any large tree removal. If you do have roof damage from branches after a storm, we can help you with your insurance claim.
Have a roof inspection done
USA Roofing will send an experienced roofing professional to your home to do a full inspection of your roof. They’ll make sure none of the shingles or tiles are damaged and that the vents are all sealed so wind-driven rain won’t enter your house. If they do spot some problem areas, you can go ahead and get repairs done to make sure your roof will withstand the elements. USA Roofing, your go-to company for roof repair and replacement in Birmingham, AL, offers free roof inspections and estimates! Schedule your free roof inspection here.
Update your Home Inventory
Let’s talk about the worst-case scenario. If something were to happen to your house, you may have trouble remembering everything you owned. It might be hard to put your hands on each and every receipt for valuable items. Create a home inventory, or update one you already have. Many insurance agents recommend taking a video of each room of your house, taking the time to open drawers, cabinets, and closets. Save them in the cloud or in an email, so you can access them digitally. There are even apps available that can help you inventory your home and keep detailed information about your valuables. Making a home inventory ahead of time can help speed up the claims process if you do experience a disaster.
Check (and possibly update) your homeowner’s insurance policy
You need to make sure you have enough coverage and the right amount of coverage. Schedule a time to sit down with your insurance agent (or call them) to go over what’s covered and what might need to be adjusted. This is a good idea to do annually anyway, but especially right now before storm season.
Preparation can be so helpful, but let’s say your house does experience storms what then? When you realize you have roof damage after a storm, you should automatically think USA Roofing, your go-to for roof repair and replacement in Birmingham, AL. By no means are we wanting to capitalize on misfortune; we simply want to make sure you and your family have a safe home to live in before, during, and after a storm. Walking through the process for you and with you. Contact us today!