Of all the home improvement services offered to homeowners, roofing is prone to the most scams.
There's more than one way for a scam artist to leave unsuspecting homeowners in the dust. The most common examples include...
Doing a poor job assembling the roof, whether it be with shotty, inexperienced craftsmanship or with cheap materials
Taking a large personal or insurance check (or asking for cash) upfront and disappearing without doing any work
However, if you don't know what to look for up front—and the precautions to take to protect yourself—you won't realize you're being scammed until it's too late.
This guide will cover...
How to spot hail damage
Effects of hail damage
Factors influencing severity of hail damage
Filing an insurance claim
Hiring an experienced roofer
Homeowners can regularly check their own roofs to find any maintenance issues or areas in need of repair. However, there are several things to be aware of before getting started.
Filing a roofing insurance claim can be intimidating, especially if you don't know where to begin.
That’s why we’ve outlined steps to guide you through the insurance claims process. With a little bit of research, a few phone calls, and a well-documented process, you should be able to identify what your insurance covers and how to find a qualified roofer to repair the damages.
Determine What Your Policy Covers
The first step in filing an insurance claim for your roof is to contact your insurance provider.
Some policies account for the age of your roof at the time of the incident.
Your roof is one of the most expensive home-related investments you’ll ever make, yet roofs are also one of the most neglected parts of the house.
Some roofing experts recommend inspecting your roof twice per year, while others suggest once every three months. A yearly inspection at minimum is recommended. Regular inspections and maintenance will help homeowners save money on costly repairs and replacement projects.
We’ve outlined tools you'll need and tips to follow to prolong the durability, aesthetic value, and security of your roof.
Hiring a roofing contractor can be a stressful undertaking. Before you begin your search, be prepared with the help of Hometown Roofing. Below, we outline some tips, so you’ll have the information you need to save time and money.
1. Plan Your Project
Before you begin searching for a roofing contractor, you need to have a general idea of what you want to be accomplished. This can be as simple as “new shingle installation” or “repair my cedar shakes.” Knowing what service you want will aid in your search for contractors who specialize in that project.
Next, write out all the necessary project information your contractor may need to know, including:
In this guide, we'll discuss...
Determining Your Roof's Condition
Due to metal roofing's surprisingly lightweight nature, one of its greatest advantages is its ability to be installed over an existing shingle roof.
Asphalt shingles fall into two main categories: 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Both are constructed of similar materials but differ in many ways, including appearance, durability, cost, and method of installation.
This guide will compare 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles in order to help you make an informed decision as to which option is best suited for your roof.
Scroll down to view our quick comparison chart by clicking here.
When properly installed, asphalt shingles are extremely durable, but even the highest quality shingles need to be replaced eventually. If you’re like most people, a myriad of questions are bouncing around in your head.
Deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is a matter of timing. Reroofing too soon can be a waste of money, but if you wait too long, it could lead to serious trouble.
So, how do you decide whether you should repair or replace your shingle roof? By following our guidelines below! We’ll explain how to inspect and assess your roof, signs that show it’s time for the roof to go, and when you can simply make the necessary repairs without a full replacement.
Owens Corning began manufacturing roofing shingles in the 1960s and today is one of the largest building material manufacturers in the U.S. with sales of $5.2 billion (2012). It offers a varied selection of budget-to-premium grade roofing shingles for just about any budget.
General Aniline & Film, or GAF, is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products. Its Timberline roofing shingles have dominated the residential roofing market in recent years, helping to catapult the company to sales of $3 billion.
Are metal roofs susceptible to mold and algae growth? Apparently, the answer is yes under the right weather conditions. Southwest Florida’s relentless heat and humidity seem to fit the bill. Multiple reports of homes with metal roofing plagued with blackish mildew, mold and algae have popped up in recent months.
Students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an inexpensive roof coating that in testing was able to remove 88 to 97 percent of nitrogen oxides from the air. Nitrogen oxides are responsible for the yellow, hazy appearance of smog and can be harmful to the ozone and the environment.
If you’ve lived in your house for 15+ years, chances are it’s getting to the point where a roof replacement is inevitable. It’s a scary thought considering it can easily make your wallet at least $10,000 lighter.