Hometown Roofing Blog

slate roof

Contrary to what many homeowners might think, real slate shingles can be installed successfully on ordinary homes. And while there’s never a definitive answer for all homes, there are a number of benefits to installing slate shingles on your roof. Learn about slate's benefits, costs, and a number of great resources.
professional roofer

There are a few qualifications homeowners should ask their roofing contractor before hiring them. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured? Can I see some referrals? What’s outlined in the estimate? All of these are great questions to ask, but how do you know you're hiring a truly professional contractor?
homeowner going over home insurance policy

Despite our best efforts to combat severe storms and high winds, sometimes a roof just gets damaged. And whether you know you have a leak or you suspect visual damage might lead to one, the roof damage needs to be repaired quickly. Once you call your insurance company about filing a claim, it’s important to stay on top of the process.
damaged red roof shingles

Whether you’re installing a new roof on a home you’ve owned for twenty years or you're paying for a roof replacement as a new homeowner, it pays to have the job done right. Unfortunately, some contractors don’t always perform quality work, and if that's the case, it needs to be fixed quickly. Let’s take a closer look at some common signs of a roofing job done bad.
roofers on large shingle roof

The relationship between a homeowner and their contractor can be a delicate dance. There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding roofing contractors, but the majority are honest, hard-working people looking to deliver quality results. Let’s take a look at what many contractors wish homeowners knew.
house in the fall

A roof appraisal is performed to inspect the functioning components of a roof and to determine how many years the roof is likely to last. An inspector usually performs roof appraisals before a home is sold, but it’s a useful procedure for existing homeowners, too. Learn the various points all roof appraisals should cover.
thermal imaging the roof

Replacing the roof creates a great opportunity to make energy efficient improvements. It's likely your home can’t support a green roof, but there are other choices homeowners can make to “green” up the new roof system. Familiarize yourself with these six options to green up your re-roofing project.
using tablet to monitor home energy use

Homeowners will be happy to know that improving the energy efficiency of your roof doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Small improvements will make a big difference in your utility bills as well as the home’s livability. Let’s examine some useful tips to keep the home comfortable in all seasons.
Back porch of home

Warm weather has finally made its way to most of us across the country. And while some of us are planning vacations, relaxing, and cooking out, summer is also a great time for home projects. It's ideal for taking care of exterior home projects, especially the roof. Here are four roof projects to tackle this summer...
attic space

A competent homeowner can usually repair a damaged roofing rafter. If the rafter does not suffer from a completely separated break, it can be fixed, preventing the need for a very costly alternative repair. With a few tools, some determination, and the right instructions, you’ll soon have a fully functional rafter.
man cutting thin metal with saw

Soffits are a crucial component of every roofing system but are often neglected. Because they’re directly exposed to rain, snow, animals, and insects, they may experience problems. We’ll go through helpful steps in order to replace a damaged soffit to get your roof back in proper working order.
Rotted roof board

Rotten roof boards create a number of problems for homeowners. They decrease the strength of the roof, allow for moisture penetration, and spread rot to other areas of the roof. It requires immediate attention, either by the homeowner or a professional. We’ll outline safety precautions, removal procedures, and tools needed for the job.
rain on a metal roof

Some homeowners may enjoy the enhanced sound of rain on metal material, like tin-coated stainless steel, and consider it a positive aspect rather than something that needs to be minimized. But for those of you that want to reduce sounds on your already-installed tin roof, there are steps you can take.
couple standing in front of new house

Moving into a new home is an exciting process. Unfortunately, sometimes the first rain discloses a roof leak. It’s natural to be frustrated and demand that the seller pay to fix the problem, but before you call the seller in a rage, examine the following documents to avoid making a premature decision.
Roof inspector

Buying a home is an extensive process. If the home inspection reveals a compromised roof, it has the potential to derail everything that’s come before it. However, you don't have to away from the home. Let's examine some solutions for fixing the roof and staying within your budget.