Natural disasters such as hail, wind, tornadoes or hurricanes are a huge setback for the operational efficiency of a multi-family housing business. As soon as a roof damage is evident, it is important to take immediate measures to protect your buildings from additional damage. Owners or investors will require disaster roofing services to replace any damage on site. When employing a roofing contractor, there are certain focus areas which must be kept in mind. To help, this post outlines three critical focal points to consider when hiring a credible and trustworthy roofer specializing in this type of repair.
1. Avoid Fraudulent Contractors
Property owners/managers of multi-family housing who are looking for roofing replacement services can fall victim to scams and contractor fraud. Fraudulent contractors may steal money by offering inferior quality or incomplete repairs. Sometimes, they may complete the job, but charge an exorbitant cost for their services. Avoid scams by steering clear of:
- Out-of-state contractors.
- Companies that offer to absorb your deductible.
- Storm chasers who show up right after natural disasters.
TIP: Be proactive and have your preferred roofing contractor ready before severe weather affects your multi-family housing.
2. Photograph The Natural Disaster’s Effect On Your Property
Photographs of the damaged property work as proof for the insurance claim. It is recommended that you take the photos immediately after the damage and before the beginning of the restoration work. Also, if the property is not yet damaged, you should take a complete set of photographs of your multi-family property in its current condition, which would serve as ‘before damage’ pictures in the case of a later disaster.
Tip: Be proactive and document your property as is.
3. Know Local Building Codes & Permit Requirements
In most states, it is illegal to perform demolition, permanent repairs or site developments without having the required permits. It is, therefore, important to obtain proper permits when undertaking any commercial projects. After assessing your property post-disaster, contact your local building authority for information on required permits. Building permits are often required for new roof installation. A qualified local roofing contractor should be familiar with local building codes and requirements. Hiring appropriately will streamline this process.
Tip: Be proactive and have a plan of action in place.
As soon as a natural disaster hits your property, you should contact a professional roofing contractor to assess your property. However, it’s best to have a maintenance and storm monitoring service already established with a qualified service provider.
The professionals at Stonewater Roofing are highly skilled and experienced with exterior renovation, roofing asset and installation. We can perform a free in-depth inspection of your roof, let you know its condition and provide a free estimate for its replacement.