In the roofing industry, big storms are big business. Moody's Analytics estimates that 2017's Hurricane Harvey caused $97 billion in damages alone, not accounting for lost output from the storm. While not all of that money makes its way into damaged roofs, it's sure that a significant portion of it does. And while the winds that blow off tiles and shingles in affected areas fill the sails of the storm restoration industry, we can't overlook the human toll that these storms continue to take. Here are some ways we can help.
Hurricane season 2018 started 4 days early this year, with the damage brought by SubTropical Storm Alberto spreading from the gulf all the way to Canada. If you run a restoration company, then you are well aware of the damage that hail, ice,rain, and strong winds can cause to homes. Many times, your clients’ first point of concern will be whether their insurance policies cover the damage that has happened.
USA storm facts:
- According to the Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety, there are about 3,000 hailstorms in America each year and these storms result in losses of approximately $1.6-billion.
- Figures from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies show that severe windstorms (including tornadoes and hurricanes) cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.
- While the average lifespan of a roof is two decades, homes in hail-prone areas need to be replaced every 7 – 10 years.
As a restoration expert, there are a few things that you can do to make the rebuilding process a bit easier.
- Site Inspection
First, a site inspection will be needed. The reason is that a homeowner may not be aware of the extent of the damage.An untrained eye may not see all the damage that needs to be repaired.
- Meticulous Documentation
As a roof repair and installation company, roof restorations are likely to make up a huge part of your workload. The type of roof you are repairing, the length of time since it was last inspected and the level of issues, will impact how time-consuming each job will be. Here are a few tips that roofing contractors can use to make the process more efficient: