Whether it’s the middle of the night or the middle of the day, if your roof has been comprised or damaged to the point where it’s going to cause further damage or no longer offer you shelter, you have a residential roofing disaster on your hands. The question is: what do you do next?

First, don’t panic. This is a situation that can be resolved, and that can be done quickly, as long as you know what to do and take immediate, but not rushed and panicked, action.

Locate the areas inside where you can notice visible roof damage. Most often, this will be leaking areas from the ceiling that are dripping down into the home. To avoid moisture from damaging furniture and other items of personal property, place buckets and very large bowls under drips and leaks. Place tarps over large pieces of furniture, and remove valuables from the area.

Once the area has been somewhat secured, you can then assess the damage to your roof. Locate the areas where the damage is coming from, and try to determine if you can what roof repair will need to be done. At this point, do not attempt to repair anything yourself!

While you might be tempted to contact your nearest residential roofers in Kansas City, stop first and call your insurance company. You’ll need to speak to them first and find out what’s covered and what’s not. The caveat with that is if the damage is minor, you may not need to contact your insurance at all and you can simply call the roofers to take care of the repair job, as insurance most likely won’t cover small projects anyway.

Roofing disasters can be just that – big disasters. But keep calm, follow through with just a few steps, and in just a week or so, you’ll be wondering what the big fuss was about after all.