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What roofing material is best in your climate?

Generally homeowners will pick  roofing materials based on the climate of the area. The United States greatly varies in temperature and climates throughout the 50 states, so choosing climate appropriate roofing is important. Basically, you can’t always chose the same roofing as someone that lives in a different part of the country.

In places such as the Northeast where they have very cold winters, asphalt shingles do a great job standing up to the snow and the cold temperatures. They are also easy to replace if one or two shingles get damaged, and one of the least expensive shingle types for when the whole roof needs to be replaced.

Metal roofing is a great recommendation for places with tropical storms such as the Southeast. It is strong enough to withstand the power of hurricanes or monsoons but it is versatile and is able to protect the home from the sun and the heat of the south.

The Midwest gets hit with all types of weather patterns including hot summers and freezing winters with a lot of snow and hail. For this reason slate tile roofs are a great choice because they will hold up to the snow and hail, but won’t disintegrate due to the stresses and fluctuations of the climate.

The sun in the Southwest can be brutal in the desert, and roofing takes on a new role in sunny climates. It isn’t so much to keep the roof protected from storms and debris but to reflect the sun rays to keep the home cool and energy efficient. Clay tiles work very well in this type of climate and matches well with the architecture of the area. The clay is able to soak up some of the sun and keep the home underneath cool making it more energy efficient.

The Northwest is the part of the country that the roofing style can most fluctuate. Asphalt or metal roofing are the most common in the area, for the climate of the area is predominantly overcast with heavy rain. Asphalt roofs are loved for the versatility of the material, although with heavy rain they must be treated so they moisture doesn’t destroy the roof below the shingles. Metal roofing is a common choice in overly wet climates because it deflects the moisture.

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There was a major storm but my roof looks fine… Do I still need someone to look at it?

It is always smart to have someone take a look at your home after a storm, there may be more damage than you can see with the naked eye. Hail, snow, wind, and rain can all harm a roof in varying ways. Depending on the severity of the storm, it could do anything from remove shingles to knock some pieces loose or do nothing at all. Giving the wide range of potential damages, it is beneficial to have someone look at your home even if you can’t see any damages. Poor roofing can lead to cracks and leaks which is an expensive fix for a homeowner. Storms especially hail can cause damage to the sealing strips. Homeowners can save money by having a professional look at their home after a storm because it is much easier to replace bits and pieces throughout the lifespan of the home than have to replace the whole thing because of some damages. Generally a roof lasts a certain amount of time based on the geographic area where the house is located. That lifespan ranging anywhere from 10-30+ years depending on the type of roofing you have. Being prompt with the roof repairs can make that life expectancy increase and the value of the home remain sound.

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What to do when Spring Storms Wreak Havoc on your Home

Oh boy…just now I was sitting at my desk getting some work done when a fairly large thunderstorm Severe Stormrolled in.  Lightening, thunder, rain and hail pounded my building.  It was a pretty quick one, but it came in fast and hailed hard.  It’s that time of year when these severe storms materialize and do damage to our homes and property.  Wind, hail, rain and lightening can cause many problems.  The thing we see most often with homeowners is that they’re not sure what to do when a severe storm pops up in their area.

Follow these tips to make sure you and your home are protected after a severe storm:

1.  Check the outside of your home for obvious damage.

Look at your roof for missing shingles or holes you can see from your yard.  Check your windows for broken or cracked glass and damaged trim.  Walk around your house and look at your siding.  If you see dents, chips or cracks, take note.

2.  Call a qualified contractor to inspect for less obvious damage.

Some damage can’t be seen by an inspection from your yard.  Getting up on your roof can be dangerous and much damage caused by severe storms can only be seen by a trained eye.  Although this damage can be hard to spot, it can cause long-term harm to your home.  A qualified contractor is trained to spot storm damage and should be experienced in working with insurance companies.  They can help you submit a claim and make sure you get the coverage you need to make any necessary repairs.

3.  Contact your insurance company.

Most insurance policies cover severe storm damage such as hail and wind.  Check your policy details to see exactly what your policy offers in terms of coverage or call your agent to find out details.  Every insurance company handles storm claims differently and has different requirements in terms of inspections, documentation, paperwork and completing the work.  Most insurance companies will send out an adjuster to inspect your home and determine what damage has been done by the storm and what repairs need to happen.  Make sure that your contractor is well versed in working with insurance companies; a good contractor can save you thousands of dollars and make sure you get the most out of your policy.

4.  Hire a qualified contractor to make repairs to your home.

Once your insurance company has issued your claim, they should provide you with a detailed report on what repairs they will cover.  By now, you should have done your homework and hired a qualified contractor to complete these repairs.  Make sure your contractor is bonded and insured.  Check with your neighbors to get recommendations on contractors they’ve used and had good experiences with. Do some research online – there are many sites where you can find reviews from homeowners so that you can get a clear picture of the contractors reputation; bbb.org, homeadvisor.com, houzz.com, and angieslist.com are a few places you can look.

HRTI’s experienced consultants and contractors are happy to come to your home to inspect for damage to your roof, windows and siding.  Call us today to set up an appointment.

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