Whether done by wind or snow or rain or heat, damage to the roof of your rental building can be disastrous. No one wants to live or work in a space filled with buckets set up to catch intruding rain drops. So how should you go about fixing a roofing problem? You probably wouldn’t believe the number of people who get injured or even die by climbing up onto their roofs to fix blown-off shingles or holes themselves. While some people would like to believe they can do it all themselves, fixing a roof is something that should be done with the utmost care and safety by someone who knows what they’re doing. Always leave it to the professionals.
If you think you might have damage to your roof after a big storm or gust of wind, contact your landlord or property manager immediately. The owner of your building should be the one to determine the proper response to any damage. If you can’t see the damage from inside the home or by looking from the ground, it’s best to avoid climbing to the roof yourself. If a problem has developed, the roof’s stability might be compromised—don’t make the damage worse or hurt yourself by falling straight through!
Your landlord or property manager will send a professional who can assess the damage and determine what can be done. Most of the time, if the damage is affecting conditions inside the building, a temporary solution can be found before a more permanent fix is performed by a professional. The quicker you report any potential damage, the quicker it can be fixed and fixed by an expert—just because you’re closeby and willing to try doesn’t mean your fix will be quick.