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January 2, 2015

How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle?

How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle

We’ve all seen the unbelievable pictures of the record-breaking snow that recently buried the Buffalo, NY area.  While homeowners have been asked to stay in their homes and off the impassable roads, a new worry has surfaced – can their roof handle the pressure?   Here’s some information you can share with your homeowners while they are stuck inside.

Signs that a roof may be at risk from bearing the weight of the heavy white stuff:

  • Visible sagging
  • Noises that sound like creaking or popping
  • Leaking coming from the roof

Flat or low-pitched roofs are more vulnerable, but pitched roofs can still be at risk when the snow is very heavy.

When it’s safe to travel, contractors in the area or within driving distance have an opportunity to help homeowners repair an unsafe roof (see our article “The Benefits and Risks of Replacing a Roof in Winter”). In general, as much snow as possible should be raked off their roof, but leave a few inches to avoid damaging the shingles.  Also, make sure the snow is thrown away from the building and be careful using metal tools around power lines.  Contractors should advise homeowners to call their insurance company to see if they are covered in the event of a roof collapse.

Liza Barth (2014 November 14) How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle? Retrieved on December 10, 2014 from GAF.com

November 21, 2014

How to Identify Hail Damage

You may think that just because you can’t see any signs of damage, or because your roof isn’t leaking, you don’t have damage. Remember, hail damage can be particularly difficult to identify and many homeowners discover major roofing damage years down the road, after it’s too late to file a storm damage claim with their insurance company. If you have any reason to suspect hail damage after a storm, you should have a full property damage inspection performed by a reputable contractor, right away.

Roof Hail Damage – Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home or business in hailstorms. A damaged shingle may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls, or windows, and can cause leaking, staining on walls and flooding inside your home. Leaking roofs lead to costly damages and many insurance policies have strict time limits on submitting claims after hailstorms, so it’s in your best interest to act fast after hailstorms and start the repairs process, if necessary.

Asphalt Shingle Damage: On an asphalt roof, hail damage looks like a dark spot, or bruise, where the roofing granules have been knocked away (look in gutters for accumulation of granules). In some cases you may find holes, cracking, or missing shingles on roofs with hail damage. This can result in leaking and serious water damage, which can lead to mold formation and wood rot, which can compromise the structural integrity of your roof resulting in collapse. In severe wind storms, it is common for shingles or sections of the roof to be missing altogether.

Other Types of Shingle Damage: Shake (wood), metal, tile, and slate roof shingles can all suffer damage from hailstorms. Due to the materials, each type of shingle shows unique signs of damage from hail. If shingles are cracked, missing, torn or split at seams, you should definitely have a damage inspection performed. Similarly, if you notice leaking inside your home after a hailstorm, get an inspection right away.

More about Shingle Damage

Siding Damage often results from wind-driven hail. The three most common signs of damage to siding are cracking, chipping and holes. Read more about siding damage here.

Window Damage is similar to siding damage, but usually more obvious to identify. Wind-driven hail can strike windows and break the glass itself, or cause damage to the seals on windows. Read more about window damage here.

Exterior Appliances can also sustain damage in hailstorms. Denting and intake of excessive amounts of water often affect AC / HVAC units after severe hail. Read more about exterior appliance damage here.

How to Repair Hail Damage

Hail damage can be very difficult to detect and often occurs to roofs, siding and windows, all of which are difficult DIY repair projects that could void your homeowners insurance or manufacturer warranty, if not performed by a licensed contractor. Due to the risks associated with hail damage, it is recommended to cut to the chase and have a storm damage repair contractor inspect your damages right away.

Staff Writer (2014 November) How to Identify Hail Damage. Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from the National Storm Damage Center

May 5, 2014

4 Ways to protect yourself from bad roofing companies

In Texas, Oklahoma, and other states the treat of bad storms brings out the worst in some companies. If you have roof damage or need a roof replaced make sure you know what to look for to ensure you get a reputable company and a quality roof. Here are the top four ways to choose a quality Roofing Company for your home.

1) Don’t use storm chasing companies- The most important thing to consider when choosing a roofing company to roof your house is to make sure they are local. When storms strike in your area storm chasers will come from out of state to try and make a quick buck. They great warranty they talk about doesn’t mean a thing if they are off to the next storm. These companies typically roof as many houses as they can and then move on to the next community.

2) Check the businesses Better Business Bureau Record- Just because a business is a member of the BBB doesn’t mean they have a honorable record with the BBB. Check their report and rating on the BBB site to see if they have had any complaints. You should also make sure the business is a member of your local BBB. The storm chasers might be members of the BBB but they could be members of the BBB of San Antonio or Minnesota or anywhere. You should again make certain they are local and have been with them for more than a couple months.

3) Solid References- Checking out the references of a business you’re looking to hire is a great way to make sure they are a respectable contractor. Most roofing companies will have plenty of references in your area.

4) The no leak warranty- First of all make sure that you get a no leak guarantee from your roofing company. The standard for the industry is 3 to 5 years. The no leak warranty is only as dependable as the company who gives it. A RED FLAG is when a company offers you anything more than a 5-year no leak warranty. Many storm chaser offer a 10 year no leak warranty making you think that is a honorable deal but they will be gone within a year so it won’t do you any good. When you think about it, if your roof is going to leak because of workman ship that will normally happen in the first year, probably the first honorable rain.

I hope this article will help you select a superior roofing company, so you can get a quality roof. For more information click the button below Contact Us

Staff writer (2014 March 26) 4 Ways to protect yourself from bad roofing companies Retrieved on April 17, 2014 From CCFConline.org

February 17, 2014

Emergency Roofing Tips For Philadelphia

Many homeowners purchase homes without knowing that the roof may eventually require replacement or maintenance. Homeowners must understand how to spot the most common roofing problems. This is a benefit because various procedures can be used reduce maintenance costs. In Philadelphia, major roofing issues should be tackled by a roof repair contractor.

Follow these roofing tips:

A leaky roof should never be repaired while it is raining. There will be no way to patch the leak fast, and the roof will be dangerous. Slipping off a roof is the main safety issue when it rains. When the rain stops, repairs can be tackled once the roof completely dries.

A project that involves removing an old roof requires proper prep. For example, the lawn must be cut short. A lawn that is properly cut makes it easier to locate nails that drop to the ground.

To ensure that a roofing project is handled efficiently, consider discussing roofing procedures with the best roofing contractor in the Philadelphia area. Friends can provide details about the best contractors who have completed roofing projects for them. Also, ask about the amount of clean-up that is needed after a project is completed and if the materials are covered by a warranty.

Hiring a professional in Pennsylvania to tackle roofing projects has benefits. However, never pay the entire cost in advance. Generally, roofing companies charge a 25% deposit, but nothing should be paid until the project is completed.

Although most homeowners have no issues inspecting a roof, hiring a professional is the best option. If there are issues, a professional can locate them without any risks. Homeowners who don’t have the proper training should not inspect a roof because the roof may collapse.

When hiring a professional roofing contractor, their credentials must be current. Mostly every state requires that roofers must have certain licenses. Because of this, do not avoid checking the licenses of any contractor. The licenses must be current and valid. Contractors must also have insurance and workers’ compensation.

The age of the roof does not determine if it needs replacing or not. Roofs generally have a warranty that covers 20 years of use. However, a roof requires proper maintenance. It should not have any debris. These
materials cause water to build on the roof, which can eventually lead to a leaky roof.

During projects when a roof requires replacement, consider using architectural shingles. These shingles are more durable, and they offer an aesthetic appeal. They also increase the value of a home.

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December 27, 2013

Increase Your Home’s Value with a New Roof

Roofing, Siding, Windows and Doors, Decks, Stone Facing in Bristol Pennsylvania

Homeowners often look to bathroom or kitchen remodeling projects to boost a home’s value, but a new roof is another viable option. The exterior of the home is the first thing buyers see as they pull up for an open house. Depending on the roof type and local real estate values, a new roof may increase a home’s value from 15 to 40 percent. Several factors influence this percentage, however, which should be considered as owners select materials and a contractor.

Color Palette

Roof materials are not relegated to basic brown or black hues. Take a look at alternative colors that match the overall exterior decor. Try green, red or orange as a roofing color. Making a home stand out increases the chances of a rapid sale at a desired price.

Material Type

If a home is located in a more expensive real estate area, select high-end roofing materials, including ceramic or clay tiles. For most homes, owners select composite asphalt shingles. This budget-friendly material comes in several colors along with good durability for many years. Along with durability, these roofs have a long warranty that is a perk when selling the home. With the guarantee that the material is new and covered with a manufacturer’s warranty, a buyer has the
assurance of a sturdy rooftop.

Energy Benefits

If the new roof is installed by a quality contractor, it should have an insulating effect on the home. For example, the home remains cool in the summer and warm during the winter. Poorly constructed roofs allow drafts to whisk interior air away and cause high energy bills to compensate for the loss. Solar shingle materials are also available. Acting as miniature solar panels, contractors intersperse this roof material with regular shingle sections to lower energy bills with solar energy absorption.

Curb Appeal

The home’s overall style either draws buyers in or deflects them. Choose roof materials that have an interesting style, but with a timeless appearance. Bold angles and colors may turn some buyers off. Keep the contractor’s advertising sign handy for open houses. Stating that the roof is new with the associated contractor’s contact information, these small signs catch buyers’ eyes and remind them of the value topping the home.

Consider replacing the roof before listing a property. A clean and newly installed roof makes a statement before buyers open the door. It also reflects on the care of the entire structure, enticing buyers to place a bid immediately.

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October 21, 2013

Know When It Is Time to Replace Your Roof

At some point, the exterior of all home roofs will need roofing services. Exposure to sun, temperatures and moisture will eventually wear on parts of the outside of your home. The roof is no exception, so homeowners should evaluate it on a regular basis. Anyone not able to inspect their roof should have someone inspect it for them.

Companies that provide roofing services can also do a roof evaluation for you. There are signs that indicate the need for roofing repair or total roof replacement. Check inside ceilings for any sign of water stains. The attic is another place that can show signs of roof deterioration. If only a few small areas exist, it is likely that roofing repair targeting those areas will take care of the problem.

If you detect multiple large spots, you should consider a total roof replacement. If you find damage signs, do not make any decisions before inspecting the exterior of the roof. Signs of wear include shingles that are missing or broken and loose or broken roofing tiles. If your roof has a shallow pitch versus a steep one, it will weather faster.

A steep pitch allows moisture to escape faster, so it decreases the speed of deterioration. Inspect the roof side that receives the most weather exposure and the edges that can break off from falling limbs. When roof replacement is imminent, consider new products on the market. Roofing services can recommend products that last longer, yet make your home more energy efficient.

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