The biggest problem during the wind storm for homeowners besides losing power was losing shingles. Roof damage was widespread all across Western New York.
“I got home and I could see the entire front yard just covered, you could barely see the grass,” said AJ Bradbury. He spent hours Wednesday picking up the pieces and plans to get a new roof.
Others that may have a tougher decision need to check their roof closely, says insurance agent Karina Polyak. “I would say, a dozen shingles, it’s not worthy of filing a claim.” said Polyak.”It will be less than a deductible, and if you can match the shingle as close as possible so aesthetically from the road it doesn’t look bad, you should be set.”
If more than 50 shingles have been removed, it is important to prevent from future damage. “If you have exposed plywood from wind damage, get a tarp on it as fast as possible to reduce the likelihood of additional water leaks,” said Jason Reid that is a sales manager at Royal Roofing. He has been giving quotes all day and said several roofs that took a small hit last year and were not repaired got beat up this time around.
“Lower winds, like what we experienced yesterday, will cause the shingles to lift and tear off,” said Reid.