Fire Board-Up Services
Boarding up your home is an essential part of recovery after a fire. Boards over broken windows and tarps over holes in the roof prevent secondary damage from rain and wind as well as trespassing. Board-up services can save you thousands of dollars. If your home or business is damaged by a fire, call ServiceMaster of Medford for 24/7 emergency response to your board-up and tarp needs.
Our expert technicians will assess the damage done to your home or business, then board up windows, doorways, and missing walls with plywood and cover holes in the roof with tarps. We work fast and use durable materials to ensure your property will be protected as quickly as possible.
Board-Up Services and Insurance
Board-up services are necessary to get the best insurance coverage for your claim after a disaster. Boarding up your home prevents further wind and water damage, which makes it less likely that your insurer will deny your claim.
Boarding up your property also prevents potential liability. If someone were to enter your property after a fire and be injured, you may be held liable. A board-up is a simple way to prevent intruders and give you peace of mind.
Fires are one of the most devastating disasters that can strike your home or commercial property. A fire can cause extensive structural damage, compromising the building's integrity. This opens potential for collapse and additional damage even after the fire is out.
This structural damage also means your property is vulnerable to thieves, vandals, and wild animals. Board-up services keep unwelcome guests out of your home or business while the hard work of filing insurance claims and beginning the restoration process is underway.
Wind and Storm Damage
Major storms and wind can cause just as much damage to your home as a fire. Flying debris can shatter windows and even puncture walls and doors. High winds can tear holes in your roof. All of this leaves your home vulnerable to additional damage.
ServiceMaster of Medford responds to all disasters and our technicians are on call during storms. We will be on the scene to board up windows and put tarps on roofs as soon as it is safe for our team to go out after a storm. If your home is damaged in a storm, call immediately to ensure Servicemaster can be on scene as quickly as possible.
Reasons to Board Up Your Home or Business
The aftermath of a storm or fire isn't the only time board-up services are needed. Here are some of the cases where ServiceMaster can help you secure your home:
- Property Vacancy
- Fire Damage
- Storm Damage
- Damage Prevention
- Crime Scenes
- Water Damage
Tarping a Roof
Securing a tarp on your roof is a difficult and dangerous process if it isn't handled by professionals. The risk of slipping off a wet roof or falling through a damaged board is high, so you should never attempt to tarp a roof on your own. Call the professionals to survey damage and attach tarps.
A properly secured tarp will protect your home from additional rain, wind, and debris. After major storms, roofers often have a backlog and can take months before they can get to your claim. Insurance coverage can also drag the process out. Putting a tarp over your roof is the only way to be assured your property will be safe until you're able to get the roof fixed.
How to Tarp a Roof
Our restoration experts will use different techniques depending on the size of the roof, amount of damage, and level of durability required. Generally, you can expect the following steps:
- Clean Debris: Our techs survey the damage to your roof and remove any leaves, branches, and damaged roofing tiles. This helps us spot the damaged section of the roof and secure tarps more effectively.
- Measure the Hole: The size of the hole determines the size of the tarp necessary to cover it effectively.
- Build an Anchor Board: When harsh weather is expected or a tarp will be up for a while, simply attaching the tarp to the roof with fasteners may not in these cases, 2x4s are used to create a durable anchor point that will hold the tarp tightly to your roof. You can see illustrations of this process.
- Secure the Tarp: Whether anchor boards are used or not, the tarp must be secured to the roof. Often, a tarp will be run off the side of your home or business to prevent water buildup.
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