Roofing contractors busy after windstorm causes widespread damage

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    KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) Down trees are keeping roofers busy and homeowners up at night. Crews are still picking up the pieces from Sunday’s wind storm when winds topped 60 miles per hour.

    Kettering resident Kevin Greer is no stranger to power companies and tree service trucks.

    “This particular neighborhood has had issues with trees falling over, pulling power lines down,” he said.

    That's why he wasn't surprised to see there were at least a half a dozen crew members still trying to remove a downed tree on Big Hill Rd. from Sunday’s wind storm.

    Greer, who lives off of Winding Way, said in one year, five nearby trees came down and pulled the power lines down with them.

    Tree care service companies were not the only ones busy Monday.

    “For the last month our phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Gerri Howard, Co-owner and Vice President of D&G Roofing and Restoration.

    She said February is normally a slower month, but not this year.

    “There roofs are leaking, the trees are falling on their homes, on their roofs or their siding has blown off, it’s been a real mess with this weather,” she said.

    If you have roof damage Howard recommends calling a contractor first.

    “If you call your insurance first you’re going to get a claim hit against you, maybe unnecessarily,” she said. “Sometimes it’s something small that is under your deductible.”

    She also recommends taking time to walk around your home to see if you spot shingles lifting, cracked or curled. If so, it’s time to call a contractor for a proper inspection.

    Howard said a roofing contractor can determine if you need some fixing or replacing before the next snow, ice, or windstorm hits.

    Now is the time to take a look at the trees that could fall on your home.

    “I have three more in the back that I have to take down probably this spring,” said Greer. “It’s a function of living in a tree filled lot, good for the shade but other times in the year it’s a little bit challenging.”

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