Has a strong spring storm caused damage to your roof? Are you in a rush to get things repaired before the next storm rolls around? Having a damaged and leaky roof can be a frustrating and stressful experience. When you're in a hurry to get your roof fixed, you may be tempted to take shortcuts that can have an adverse effect on the expected life of your roof. Before you actually do anything or have anything done, take a moment to pause and consider these things that need to be done or not done in order to have the best result:

Contact your insurance company: A good homeowner's insurance policy will cover storm damage and the resulting water damage, even if your policy doesn't normally cover water damage because it lacks flood coverage. The only way to know for sure whether or not you're covered is to contact your insurance company and file a claim. As a bonus, your insurance company may also directly pay the roofers you hire instead of forcing you to pay up-up front and then you have to wait for compensation from the insurance company. This means that you may only be out of pocket for the insurance deductible and not the entire roofing bill.

Never hire at your front door: In some areas, it's not uncommon to get a knock on your door after a strong storm from someone who claims to work for a roofing company. They may claim that they were in the area or saw some damage and decided to stop to offer their services. However, you should never hire these people. They will often take your money and either disappear or they may do some work that winds up damaging your roof. Legitimate roofers have no need to go door-to-door to solicit their services. They'll be busy enough with work that they wouldn't have the time for such things even if they wanted to. 

Get a warranty: Good roofers will warranty the roof repair or replacement that they add to your home. Ideally, you should look for a warranty that is at least 12 months long. A warranty that is only 6-8 months in length is not ideal but may be acceptable if nothing else is available. You want a one year warranty so that your home is able to experience the widest range of weather. For instance, if you were to get your roof repaired in late summer or autumn, it might not be until spring showers arrive that you notice that your roof has a minor leak in it.

Contact a company, like Todd Harkleroad Roofing Inc.