You’re a homeowner and determined your home’s roof needs fixing or needs to be improved with a replacement roof. You’re all set to get moving. What’s the optimal way to get a high quality roofer who will accomplish a good job? What could you look for in a roof contractor or contractor to obtain this work? Ault
When homeowners choose to repair a roof or replace that roof with asphalt during the cold winter months, they’re often plagued by worries that their family will freeze before the job is completed. In the same vein, those starting a roofing job in the sweltering summer months worry that they’ll be facing heat stroke. These concerns are perfectly normal and common among many homeowners looking for roofing fixes or roof replacement contractors.
AultHow much damage to your roof can come during a hail storm? In Georgia, hail storms are not that uncommon and many homeowners visually see hail several times during the year. That is the case in metro Atlanta, where the last few years have resulted in elevated hail activity.Most people are somewhat aware of the damage hail can cause, in particular the larger variety of hail that is notorious for damaging and denting cars. This awareness doesn't always fully translate into the impact a hail storm can have on your home's roof. While you can visually see the damage to your car after a hail storm, you can't always see the damage to a roof. The damage you can't see can put the longevity of your roof at risk.Roof replacement due to hail damage is one of the most expensive fixes for homeowners and insurance companies. Hail can vary in size dramatically, falling as small as the size of tiny pellets, or as large as baseballs. It is typically the larger hail that can cause enough damage to your asphalt roof to justify a roof replacement. Asphalt Roof Shingle Damage from Hail:Hail damage to asphalt roofs occur when hail beating against the surface of asphalt shingle results in the protective granular surface of the shingle to loosen and potentially fall off. When the granules are loosened, the asphalt shingles loses some of its protection potential and becomes vulnerable to additional damage.- Note: Damaged asphalt layers can potentially allow water seepage into the roof.- Tip: If the granules of an asphalt shingle are removed by a hail storm, the shingle's longevity can be severely diminished.Signs of Hail Damage to an Asphalt Roof:- Bruises or small dents in the asphalt shingle - Granulation is displaced exposing the asphalt - Granulation has settled at the base of your downspouts - The spots hit by hail usually leave a soft spot in the shingle - Significantly damaged metal air vents on the roof indicate similar hit pattern for roof - Damage and denting of siding, or guttersIf my Roof is damaged, how fast should I replace it?There is a misconception if your roof sustains damage from a hail storm that your roof needs to be replaced immediately. You'll find some conflicting evidence online from other roofers that advise immediately replacing your roof. In Georgia for example, any reliable roofing contractor in Atlanta should tell you otherwise. Typically the damage sustained from a hail storm will pose no immediate threat to your roof. The threat is in the longevity of the roof, because hail can dramatically decrease a roof's life expectancy. The deteriorated protection from a roof that is not expected to last its full life is why insurance companies will authorize the replacement of your roof.Will Homeowner's Insurance Cover a New Roof?This answer varies by the coverage on your homeowner's insurance policy. For some homeowners the answer is "yes." If you believe your home has been the victim of hail, contact your insurance company to determine if your policy will cover the damage. For many homeowners they will be able to have the roof repaired, or replaced and will need to pay a deductable. - Tip: If you are unsure if you homeowner's policy covers hail damage to your roof, contact your insurance company.Caution: Avoid Storm Chasers!Homeowners need to beware of 'storm chasers.' A storm chaser typically consists of an out of town roofing contractor that goes door to door after a hail storm soliciting for business. While it may seem tempting and convenient, these roofers can do more harm than good. Make sure any roofer you look to work with has a good reputation in the community. Look for a roofer that is located locally and check references. Look for references that are over a year old and ones that are more recent, within the last 30 days. Finally never give a deposit for a roof. A reliable roofer will only ask for payment once the roof has been complete.If you think your home has sustained roof hail damage, get a professional opinion. Experienced roofing contractors should be willing to provide free roofing estimates upon request.
Investigation: The Best Roof for HailA roof shingles estimate helps us to estimate the number of shingles to order when laying a new roof. Either a professional roofing estimator or a contractor will let you know the number and quantity of roofing shingles that you need for a given job after taking relevant measurements of your roof. There are several methods to do this. Here we will explore the more common methods.First, let's understand how the shingles are packaged and sold. Shingles are sold in bundles. For example take the 3-tab shingles packed in bundles. Three of these bundles will generally cover one roofing square. Roofing Square is the term used in roofing industry to denote 100 square feet. The shingles are packaged in plastic or paper and can easily be transported by one person. The shingles that weigh more may be packed with less shingles per roofing square. So, you will need more bundles per roof square. The roof shingles estimate will help us to find out how many of the shingles or bundles you need to cover the roofing area. You could use two methods to do this. The measurement method is one and the other is the sheet-count method. In the measurement method either you or someone else has to climb the roof and measure every plane where the roofing shingles will go. Suppose you have a rectangular roof then it is easy to measure the length and width and just multiply both to get the required area.For sloping roofs and other shapes it is a little more difficult to arrive at the area in straightforward way. You need to adopt indirect estimation methods. First measure the floor area making suitable provision for overhang. Next, for slopes you have different area multipliers. These numbers when multiplied with the floor area gives an estimate of the roofing area. There are 3 different slope multipliers depending on whether your roof is low, medium or a steep roof.The sheet count method on the other hand uses a simpler technique than actual roof measurement. It uses sheet panels which are of standard 4 * 8 measures. The roof is simply sheathed with these sheets and then you count the number of sheets needed to cover the roof. In some parts of the roof the panels will have to be cut to accommodate the shape of the roof. To arrive at the roof area, add up the full panels and what's remaining after the cuts on the remaining panels. This is much quicker and simpler method to arrive at the area of an irregular roof. Also, with the sheet method, all you have to do count the number of panels and you can order the bundles of shingles based on that number of panels. This is a simple and easy way to arrive at the area. It may be a crude method but is very effective and fast.Another method that has been frequently used and works for homes with old roofs is to simply count the number of shingles on your roof. Just count the number of rows from eaves to ridge. Also, count the number of tabs from edges to eaves. Each tab is one foot in length. The exposed area of each course is 5 inches. Multiplying the numbers gives you the area of shingles needed.