Storm Damage? Here’s What to Do

Storm Damage? Here’s What to Do

A roof doesn’t last forever and at some point a homeowner will need to look at replacing it.  When that time comes you will probably be filled with questions and wondering where to start.  Here are some steps you can take when getting your roof replaced.

Start with an Inspection

Once you have chosen a contractor or your insurance has referred you to one they are going to start with inspecting your roof.  They are going to look at all the different parts of your roof such as the gutters, downspouts, flashing, vents and skylights if you have them.  They are going to look for storm damage, holes, leaks, weakened areas and anything else that will affect the job of replacing your roof.  Once they have finished they will go over with you what they found, what it means and what comes next if you decide to go forwards.

Working with Insurance

If you are replacing your roof because of storm damage then you are probably working with an insurance company.  Your insurance will send an adjuster to come out and inspect your roof themselves.  After both the roofing contractor and insurance company come to an agreement as to the extent of your damage then they will come to an agreement on an estimate.  Insurance companies can drag out the process, especially if they have lots of claims to process after a storm.

If you have a mortgage on your property then the bank or mortgage company will be apprised of everything that is going on.  If you’re insurance company sends you a check for repairs it may even be made out to both you and the mortgage company.  While the roof is being replaced your contractor may find additional problems that couldn’t be detected on the original inspection, if that happens then you will have to go back to your insurance company and amend the claim.  Working with insurance companies can be trying but it is still better than having to pay out of pocket.

The Replacement Process

Whether you can live in your house while the roof is being replaced will depend on the extent of the damage, both the insurance company and the contractor will let you know.  The process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  A roof needs to be installed according to local building codes and the specifications of the manufacturer of the materials.  Also check into the warranty coverage in the event that something goes wrong after the replacement is complete.

Asphalt Shingles, Yea or Nay

Asphalt Shingles, Yea or Nay

If you are replacing your roof or putting a roof on new construction you will have to decide what type of roofing material you will use.  One of your options will be asphalt shingles, these have been used on residential and commercial buildings for years.  There are a lot of advantages to using asphalt shingles but, like anything there are some downsides too.  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of asphalt so you can make an informed choice.

The Good

Asphalt shingles are used everywhere, drive through your neighborhood and you will see them on a number of houses.  These type of shingles are made from asphalt and fiberglass, they are cheap and easy to install.  They are so common because they are one of the least expensive materials you can use on your roof.  Labour costs are lower because of how easy they are to install.  When the time comes to replace the roof in the future then asphalt shingles are really easy to remove.

Plenty of homeowners choose asphalt because there is little to do as far as maintenance goes and repairs are easy.  If you have a leak, you can simply put asphalt over the existing shingles.  You can get them in a variety of colors and textures so you aren’t stuck with that boring slate grey colored roof.  If you take good care of your roof it can last for 30 years or more.  Asphalt shingles have gotten better over the years and now they will help reduce heat absorption, lowering energy costs.  They are resistant to the wind and the ones made from fiberglass are also fire resistant.  When it comes to choosing roofing materials they really are the best bang for your buck.

The Bad

The biggest drawback to asphalt shingles is the fact that they aren’t as durable as some other roofing materials.  If you live in Florida or tornado alley then they may not be able to withstand some of the weather.  Hail, high winds and other harsh storms can make your shingles come loose over time.  Bright hot sunlight can make the shingles change color and curl the edges.  If you live where it is damp much of the time then you can end up with moss growing under your shingles and that further damages your roof.

On balance the cost of shingles and how easy they are to look after makes them the first choice of most roofers and homeowners.

Replace or Repair Your Roof

Replace or Repair Your Roof

As a homeowner you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of every part of your home including the roof.  When something goes wrong with the roof you need to get in touch with a roofing contractor so they can come out and assess the problem.  Once they have a look you could find yourself faced with the decision of whether to replace or repair your roof.  Here are some tips to keep in mind before you make up your mind.

The Materials

Replacing your flat roofing Calgary  is an expensive undertaking and the biggest thing affecting the cost is the material you choose.  You should understand the options that are available to you especially if you need to replace your entire roof.  There are a variety of different materials you should familiarize yourself with along with a rough idea of the cost and how long they will last.

Asphalt shingles are the most common and your least expensive option, at the same time there isn’t a lot of variety of style.  Metal roofing has become extremely popular especially on commercial buildings and it will last forever.  Metal roofs are more expensive than traditional shingles but you have more options for color and style and you really never have to worry about maintenance or replacement.

If neither metal nor asphalt shingles are to your liking then you do have the option of slate or ceramic roofing tiles.  Slate has been used for years in the Northeast and it looks fantastic, you will find it part of many of the historical buildings throughout New England.  Here is a closer look at the options for roofing materials.

To Strip or Not to Strip

If you are going to replace your roof then you need to consider whether you need to strip off the old roofing materials or if you can lay the new shingles right on top of the old ones.  Your roofing contractor should be able to tell you if it is possible or not, if it has already been done in the past then you’re going to need to strip off both layers of old shingles.  Too many layers of shingles makes your roof heavier and if you have an older home then it can affect the overall structure.  If it can be done then take advantage it will save you a ton of money.

Understanding the Price

It goes without saying that replacing your roof or re-roofing is a pretty big expense.  There are several factors that will affect the price such as the size of your home and the materials that are used.  Make sure that you are prepared by getting a couple of different quotes.

Why You Should Always Contact a Roofer if You Have a Leak

Why You Should Always Contact a Roofer if You Have a Leak

Roof leaks are something that homeowners face at least once.  If you don’t fix the problem right away it will not only get worse but you risk doing serious damage to the structural integrity of your home.  You can end up with mold which can damage not just your home but the health of you and your family.  Finding the leak can be tricky because the leak may be very small and not directly above where the water is coming into your home.  This is why you should always contact a roofer if you have a leak.

Signs to Look For

You can have a leak for a long time and not even know it, and it can be difficult to find the source of the leak.  You may see signs of damp on your ceiling or actually have water dripping down into your home.  You also want to keep an eye out for your paint bubbling or starting to peel.  There are a number of other signs that you should look out for and you can view them here.

Regular Maintenance

Even if your roof isn’t leaking right now it is still a good idea to still have it inspected every couple of years.  If you maintain and repair your roof when it needs it your roof can last for decades.  Things like storms, heavy snowfall, sunlight and time can all do damage to your roof.  Regular inspections will look for things like cracked seams, rusted screws and loose or broken tiles, all of which can leave your roof vulnerable to leaks.

Doing Your Own Maintenance

While it is recommended that you get a roofing contractor to do your maintenance and inspections but if you insist on doing it yourself then here are some safety measures you need to take.

  1. Always use safety ropes when you are on your roof and wear non-skid rubber soled shoes.
  2. Never inspect your roof in the rain, even if you have a leak wait until a sunny day. Wet roofs are slippery and you’re more likely to fall.
  3. Be extremely cautious of power lines while you are up there.

Homeowners tend to ignore the roof until there is a problem and that is a mistake.  Leaks, especially those that go undetected can be expensive to fix.  Taking good care of your roof can save you thousands of dollars in expensive repairs or roof replacements.