Dallas Roofing: Article About Tree Damage and Roofs
Windstorms can be scary when a home is located in the midst of many large trees. Though trees are beautiful and provide cooling shade in the summer, during a storm they can pose a risk to nearby homes should any of the branches - or the entire tree itself - come down. The roof is the most exposed area of a home and is usually the portion of the home most critically damaged by trees. Dallas Roofing is strong and weatherproof but is no match for the weight and power of a falling tree.
If a large tree has fallen on the roof, there is a huge factor of danger; the tree may continue to slip and pose an ongoing hazard to the home's occupants. If a large tree is on top of the house, this is an emergency. The homeowner should get all people out of the house immediately and call for emergency assistance. If the tree has hit a power pole or power line, the homeowner should make sure all people take shelter far away from the area. The power company and emergency services should always be contacted right away.
The homeowner should also contact his or her homeowner's insurance provider for instructions about starting a claim and to review coverage involving storm damage to the home.
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There may be coverage available for temporary housing elsewhere if the home is currently uninhabitable. If a neighbor's tree was involved, the neighbor should be contacted, but in most cases, insurance coverage will come from the policy covering the damaged home.
Hiring a professional roofing contractor will be the next step, along with a tree removal service. It is important to have a roofing contractor assess the situation immediately to perform emergency repairs or cover the roof damage with a tarp until the tree can be safely removed. A professional roofing contractor can also assess whether a general contractor will be required to rebuild any portion of the roof structure. There may also be damage to the gutters and the interior of the home, including the attic and ventilation systems.
To limit the risk of future tree damage, a homeowner should carefully monitor the health of surrounding trees. If a tree appears to be diseased or dead, it should be assessed by a professional arborist. If a neighbor's tree appears to be diseased or dead, the neighbor should be informed of the issue and potential risk.