A hail storm can be very unsettling for homeowners and for good reason. Due to the nature of hail and the high rate of speed at which it travels, these intense storms can result in hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and any other exposed exterior surfaces. Hail damage to roofing is the biggest concern for many homeowners, though. It can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and ultimately lead to leaks that can cause severe water damage inside your home.
Thus, it is vital to identify the damage and receive professional hail damage repair to your roof as early as possible to prevent further problems from developing. To help, our roofers put together a quick, step-by-step guide to follow the next time a serious hail storm passes through your neck of the woods.
Steps to Take After a Hail Storm To Ensure Your Roof is Protected
#1. Identify and Assess Damages
After a hail storm passes through, you’ll probably be quick to make sure that your car hasn’t sustained too much damage if it was parked outside. Another area you need to be concerned with is your roof. Hail impact can dent the gutters, downspouts, flashing, and vents of your roofing system. It can also weaken roofing shingles and shorten their lifespan. If you notice randomly distributed, circular areas on your roof, shingles with missing granules, or damaged roofing material, then your roof definitely needs to be looked at by a hail repair roofer. Roofing contractors have knowledge and experience dealing with roof hail damage, and they will be able to determine whether or not your roof is in dire need of repairs.
#2. File Your Insurance Claim
One of the most important steps to take after you have identified roof hail damage is to file an insurance claim. Storm damage roof repairs can be extensive, and therefore expensive. Thankfully, homeowners insurance policy can help bring the price you pay for roofing repairs down. Most home insurance policies cover storm-related damages — including hail damage — which will help cover those repair costs.
Contact your insurance company and request an adjuster to come out to your property to verify the damages for your claim and provide estimated costs for repairs. Make sure that proper documentation is gathered during the claims process — roof hail damage pictures and videos can be valuable resources.
#3. Carry Out Hail Roof Repair
After you have filed and received approval for your claim and have communicated with a hail roofing repair company that you trust, getting the repairs is the final step to this process. Your roofing contractor will guide you through the entire scope of the repairs in detail and help you choose the right materials for the job. Depending on the extent of the damage, the work may require a few simple repairs or a complete roof replacement. Regardless, if you work with the best roofing company, it’ll be done before you know it and your roof will be restored.
By following these three steps following a hail storm, you can help ensure that the structural integrity of your roof and your home is preserved. In addition to having the right insurance policy, working with a qualified hail roofing repair contractor is the best to ensure this process is as seamless as possible.
At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we are one of the trusted providers of hail damage roof repair service in Georgia. Our experts are incredibly familiar with every step involved in the hail damage process and only deliver the highest quality of craftsmanship when it comes to hail roof repair. If you suspect your roof has sustained damage from a hail storm, give our team of hail repair roofers a call!
Regular roof maintenance and timely repairs can save a homeowner thousands of dollars when it comes to the expenses involved with a roof replacement. When roofing damage is ignored or goes unnoticed, the problems will only get worse. There are several different signs that indicate that it’s time for professional roof repair that should not be ignored. Watching for these signs and acting promptly can not only extend the life of your roof but ensure your home does not suffer from more extensive damage over time.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Perhaps that most common sign that strikes a need for roof repair is the loss of — or damage to — roofing shingles. High winds, severe thunderstorms, hail, and plenty of other inclimate weather conditions can damage shingles, sometimes enough to cause them to break away from your roof. If you notice that your roof has shingles out of place, it’s important to take care of the problem quickly. When shingles or other roofing materials are damaged, the risk of water reaching the underlayment of your roof is increased, which can lead to serious damages such as wood rot and mold growth. To avoid further damage and keep more money in your pockets, it is best to have a roofing company come out to handle the necessary repairs.
Wondering why your ceiling is leaking? Chances are it’s due to roof damage. Roof leaks are serious and need to be handled with urgency, especially if the moisture has reached the ceilings in your home. Leaks start in the attic before making it to the ceiling, so it’s possible that roof leaks can go unnoticed for some time. If you suspect a roof leak, take a peek inside of your attic to look for any signs of water damage. This could include dark or damp spots, rotting wood, or being able to see daylight through certain parts of the roof. Leaks inside your home are more than just inconvenient — the moisture can lead to mold growth, which is harmful to your family’s health. As soon as you notice a leak, contact an experienced roof repair company that can provide you with a solution.
We get pretty severe hail storms in Georgia that can wreak havoc on your roof. Hail can puncture and dent roofing shingles, which of course can lead to leaks. Even a moderate hailstorm can cause damage to a roof. The challenging part of assessing roof hail damage is that it may not be obvious immediately following the storm, and different types of roofing materials will experience different kinds of damage. After a hail storm, it’s best to call a hail roofing repair company that can properly assess the damage and provide you with the necessary repairs.
Is your roof turning a strange color? In humid climates like Georgia, moss and algae can begin to grow and accumulate on your roof during the hottest months of the year and cause discoloration. Moss and algae thrives in environments where there is heat and moisture, making your roof the perfect space. If you notice dark green or black streaks on your roof, hire a professional roofer to take care of the problem for you. This is something you don’t want to put off, as both mold and algae can spread and eventually break down the integrity of your roof.
Clogged gutters are not fun to deal with and if you notice your gutters get clogged more often than normal, you may have roofing damage. If you suspect your gutters are clogged, see what is causing the issue. While leaves, twigs and other natural debris are common to find in your gutters, there should not be any roofing granules in there. Granules in gutters are a sign that your roof is deteriorating and should be looked at by a local roofing company.
If you notice any of the above signs with your own roof, it’s important to quickly take care of the issue before the problem becomes worse. At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we specialize in roof repair services that are designed to restore the integrity and look of your roof. If you feel that your roof is in need of repair, don’t wait! Contact our team of experienced roofing contractors to schedule an inspection.
For most people who have grown up in America, the question, “What kind of roof would you like?” is a strange question. It’s almost certain they grew up in a house with asphalt shingles, and most of the houses they’ve lived in have had asphalt shingles as well. Even manufactured homes, which once only had hard metal roofs, increasingly have asphalt shingles. Considering asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used in this country (and have been for some time,) people are sometimes surprised to realize that they can change things up if they want to during their next roof installation.
At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we offer four distinct types of roofs for your home: asphalt shingles, metal roofs, tile roofs, and wood shakes roofs. If that seems like a lot of choices, it is, especially for someone who thought the only choice they’d have to make was whether or not to change their shingle color. But you may have the opportunity to upgrade to something much more durable or beautiful when you’re looking for a new roof…or maybe not, depending on how you answer the following questions.
What Can You Afford?
No doubt about it, traditional asphalt shingles are the least expensive option when it comes to roof installation in America. Not only are they made from the least expensive materials — petroleum and stone granules — but they’re also the easiest to install. When you’re in need of roof repair, it’s very easy to find someone who can get up on your roof and replace a few shingles.
If you’re looking for an upgrade, tile roofs and metal roofs are more expensive options. Not only are they more expensive to install, but repair on tile roofs takes a specialist. Each type of roof adds a distinctive look and requires very little upkeep, and they’re also going to last longer than an asphalt roof. Which brings us to our next point…
How Long Will You Be In The House?
Metal roofing panels and tiles last a long time. How long? The average metal roof will hold up for 50 years or more, while tiles can last 100. It’s very unlikely that you’ll still be in the house when either would need replacement, which means it might be the last roof you ever buy!
While that sounds great, people are on the move more than ever. As people change jobs, move across the country, or simply upgrade from one house to the next, they’re living in each individual house for shorter periods of time. If you install a relatively expensive tile roof on your house and then sell it soon after, you’re essentially upgrading for the buyer and not yourself.
But if you’re building your retirement home, a tile or metal roof might be exactly what you’re looking for. And if you choose a tile roof, there’s something you should know about preparation…
Are You Prepared For the Prep Work?
Both metal roofs and tile roofs are attractive to our clients due to how long they last. But when it comes to preparing a roof for each style, they couldn’t be much different.
While metal roofs are far from easy to install, they do have one distinct advantage when it comes to installation: They can be installed directly over the old shingles. Leaving the old shingles on simply creates one more insulative and protective barrier between your house and outdoor elements.
Tile roofs, on the other hand, require a house frame that can support them. Since tiles are so heavy, the attic of a house may require additional interior support to prevent sagging and collapse of the roof. This can, of course, factor into the final cost of a tile roof here in Georgia.
Are You Environmental?
If you’re concerned about the environment — and we all should be — metal roofs and tile roofs are certainly more environmentally friendly, with metal roofs coming out on top. Metal roofs are made from steel or aluminum, two very recyclable metals. Tile roofs are made mostly from clay, so while they might stick around for a while, they’re also mostly natural.
Asphalt shingles are probably the worst from an environmental standpoint. Asphalt shingles have a great deal of petroleum in them, and there’s almost nothing you can do with them when they reach the end of their lives. Most asphalt shingles just end up going to the dump. Similarly, there’s not much you can do with wood shake shingles because the wood has been treated with chemicals in order to keep it from rotting.
How Much Maintenance Do You Mind?
In general, asphalt shingle, tile, and metal roofs don’t really need much upkeep. While a metal roof can be painted and an asphalt roof might need a few new shingles after a storm, upkeep is minimal.
The exception is with wood shake roofs. While wood shake roofs can last 30 years — a bit longer than asphalt shingles but shorter than a metal roof — they need to have regular upkeep performed to ensure they stay in the best shape possible. It’s also important for them to be installed by a professional so that airflow is optimized and mold doesn’t have a way to take hold.
What Looks Best On Your House?
While practicality is important, it’s also a good idea to consider new kinds of roofs to see how they can improve the look of your house. Tile roofs give a Mediterranean look to a house. Metal roofs, once restricted to commercial buildings, are becoming more common on houses because of their unique look. Wood shake shingles don’t complement the look of most modern homes, but they can be an excellent choice on an older house.
Do you want to stand out in your neighborhood? Or is your house the oddball because it still has asphalt shingles? Maybe it’s time to switch to a new type of roof. Well, that’s if you’re allowed to, because you have to ask…
What Does Your HOA Allow?
HOAs can be great, making residents keep their trash cans behind fences and preventing them from parking boats on the street. But they also reduce the options you have when changing your house, whether it’s the color, siding, or roof option. Many HOAs restrict the kind of roofing material that can be used to just two, either tile or asphalt shingles. If you want wood shake or metal roof, you might be out of luck. Be sure to check with your HOA to make sure you won’t get into trouble.
Where Do You Live?
Where you live might change the way you feel about certain types of shingles. For instance, if you live by the ocean, you won’t want a steel metal roof because the saltier air could cause it to rust. Aluminum might be a good alternative for you, but they’re not nearly as heavy and could be more prone to flying off during a hurricane.
Do you live deep in the woods? A metal or clay tile roof might be an excellent option in case a fire comes along. These two types of roofs are fireproof thanks to the materials they’re made from. Still, if you want an asphalt shingle roof, Roofing Resources of Georgia can provide you with shingles that have additional fire retardant applied.
Which Roof Do You Want?
Even more important, which roof do you need? When you come to us at RROG, we’ll help you pick the perfect roof for your house, whether you’re paying for it out of your own pocket or are using insurance.
If you need a new roof, we’d love to answer any questions you have about the various kinds that we’ve detailed in today’s blog. We’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years, and we’re ready to get you the best roof possible. Click here to contact us today!
If your roof has suffered enough damage from a weather event — whether it’s a huge hailstorm or winds that ripped shingles off — it’s very likely that the cost of your roof repair or replacement will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This is something you should take full advantage of, because your roof is the first line of defense against the elements. Having one huge storm in June doesn’t mean another won’t be along in July, and you want to have your roof in the best condition possible when it hits.
If you have a damaged roof and are looking for a roofing company, here are some things to watch out for when it comes to dealing with an insurance company and the roofers.
Don’t Pay For Inspections
As we discussed in this article, the cost of new roof installation is certainly worth it…but they’re certainly not cheap! Because quite a bit of money is involved, roofing companies want your business. That means many of them (including Roofing Resources of Georgia) will do a no-cost inspection of your roof to find out if roof repairs or a new roof installation could be covered by your insurance company.
Be Wary of the Guy Who Comes Knocking
If there’s a big hailstorm in the area, don’t be surprised if your doorbell rings. Many roofing companies will send someone door to door offering their services because they know that 1) a lot of damage has occurred, 2) everyone has homeowner’s insurance, and 3) they have to secure the contracts before another roofing company comes along.
We’re not saying that every roofer who stops by is trying to scam you; some very reputable companies take advantage of storms and send people around to drum up business. But we are telling you to be careful about who you let up on your roof. Letting an uninsured person on your roof could open you up to a lawsuit, even if they’re just doing an inspection. It’s better to take their phone number and research the company, ensuring they have a good reputation and proper insurance before you ever agree to an inspection. If they are reputable, they’ll be more than happy to go away and then come back when you call.
Even better, just go ahead and do your research for roofing companies the moment the hail stops. After all, if you have hail damage, hundreds of other houses in the area do too. Calling a company with a great reputation right away (instead of waiting for someone to stop by and ring your doorbell) is the best way to make sure that you’re at the front of the line instead of having to wait months while other people get new roofs.
Watch Out For Lowball Quotes
Despite the likelihood of insurance paying the bulk of the cost, some people will choose to go with the lowest bidder. Watch out! If you get two separate quotes for a $5,000 roof replacement and then have someone come along and say they can do it for $2,500, they’re definitely cutting corners somewhere. If you go with them you’ll most likely end up having problems with the roof almost immediately.
Don’t Worry About Taking Advantage of a Roofer’s Help
Unless you’re one of the three people in Georgia who actually enjoy dealing with insurance companies, you can sit back and let the roofing company take care of most of the paperwork. Again, roofers want your business and will go the extra step of dealing with insurance companies if it means they get the job. Since companies like ours deal with insurance companies every day, we know the best ways to approach them regarding particular claims.
Ready To Work With the Best?
If you need help with your roof, we know you don’t want to deal with the insurance company. RROG will take care of it for you! Contact us today to schedule a free roofing inspection and get the process started!
When customers contact us to handle their roof installation, their reaction to the price of a new roof can go one of three ways. In the first group are those who have already done their research and have a pretty good idea of what new roofing is going to cost them. In the second group are those who have never had a new roof put on and heard that a basic roof installation costs $20,000 or more (these are the most relieved people when they find out that a typical asphalt shingle roof is between $4,000-$6,000).
Finally, there are some people who come to us and, after hearing how much a new roof costs, wonder why it could possibly cost so much. If you’re in this third group and are wondering why a new roof is expensive, we have a few answers that should help you put some perspective on it.
It’s Protecting Everything You Own
Most people don’t stop to think about how the roof is the first line of defense for your home. It’s protecting your home from weather events such as rain, snow, hail, and wind. Your roof is protecting your house from the sun, wild animals, and the occasional tree branch that falls on it.
When you’ve got something that’s protecting everything under your roof (literally), the outlay of funds for new shingles doesn’t seem like such a bad expense. After all…
It Beats A Soaked House
As we discussed in this article, a lot can go wrong when you start to neglect the health of your roof. Water that gets in an attic can compact insulation and invite black mold into your house. It can also cause electrical fires if it gets into the walls and comes in contact with wiring, and can stain ceilings and walls throughout the house. Whether the roof is failing across the board or you need simple roof repair, it’s important to never put off getting it taken care of.
Roof Installation Is A Specialized Skill
This one is pretty straightforward: roof installation takes some very special skills. While the average replacement only takes one or two days from start to finish — which is a good thing in most people’s minds — that’s not because it’s a simple task. The job doesn’t take long because we have enough people on the site in order to get it all taken care of as quickly as possible. Hiring professionals and paying them for the skill they put into a job is a surefire way to make sure that you’re getting a quality roof and that you won’t have a surprise leak the next time it rains.
Could you install your own new roof? For most people, the answer is a definitive “no.” And for anyone who thinks that they’ll save a lot of money putting on their own roof, we still advise them to seek the help of a professional instead.
Compare The 20-Year Cost
If you get a typical asphalt roof, you can expect it to last for 20 years or more. That’s 20 years of holding up to just about anything the weather and sun can throw at it, day after day.
When considering just what a bargain a new roof can be, think about what you’ll be spending on other aspects of your life over the next 20 years. You’ll probably go through two cars, at a cost of about $40,000. You’ll probably spend $15,000 or more on homeowners insurance. You could spend $25,000 a year getting a masters degree. The list goes on. And while all of these are good things to spend money on, it just goes to show that a new roof really isn’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Especially when you consider how long it lasts.
Now let’s say you choose another type of roof, such as a metal roof or clay tiles. Metal roofs tend to last 50 years, and clay tiles might last more than 80. If you plan on living in your house for the rest of your life, having your next roof installed could outlast your next 10 vehicles!
Your Insurance Company Might Pay
You know what? You might not even be paying for your next roof. In many cases, homeowners insurance takes care of the brunt of our client’s fees when it comes to new roof replacement. While they might not cover the claim if the roof is just “old,” they are much more likely to replace it if there are signs of hail damage. If your roof has experienced hail damage — even if it wasn’t necessarily from a recent storm — it’s likely you’ll be eligible for a new roof.
If you think that getting a new roof is too expensive, be sure to get a free estimate from a Georgian roofer. If we find signs of hail damage, that new roof could end up costing you a lot less than you originally thought.
Do You Need A New Roof For Your Georgia Home?
Many people don’t realize just how reasonable the cost of a new roof is, despite everything it does for them. Sure, a roof just sits there every day and you might never give it a second thought for a decade or more (except, maybe, during a hail storm). It’s not flashy like a new car or exciting like a big-screen TV, but it’s a vital part of your home that can’t be ignored.
If it’s time for a new roof, Roofing Resources of Georgia would love to give you a quote. Click here to find out exactly what we can do for you!
Now that we’ve been writing our roofing blog for a while, we’ve covered most of the basics when it comes to getting the right roof on your home. We’ve discussed the advantages of each type of roof material — tile, metal, asphalt, shake — and talked about the ways in which each of these can wear and be damaged. We’ve talked about the dangers of ignoring your need for roof repair and some of the reasons you shouldn’t try tackling your own roofing project.
So, with us doing most of the talking, we thought we’d give our customers a chance to talk. We can say anything we want about ourselves, and while we certainly believe we’re the best Georgia roofing company around, we know it means a lot more to our blog readers to hear it from an actual customer. Today we’re going to see what Sue has to say about RROG.
“They gave me thorough explanations and answers to my questions. I was shown a video of my old roof and a computer simulation of what my shingle selection would look like. The crew arrived on time and were careful to protect my landscaping. They also cleaned up before they left. Then a few days later a different crew came to inspect the work and answer any concerns I had–which I did not. They did not ask for any payment until after the quality-control inspection was complete. My insurance adjuster also raved about RRG. He told me he wished he could work with them on every job!”
— Sue Finley
Thanks for writing in, Sue. You’ve brought up quite a bit, so let’s break it down.
“They gave me thorough explanations and answers to my questions.”
We’re glad you pointed that out. The fact is, a good roofing company will always realize that we’re working for you, the homeowner; it’s still your house! While we might be experts, we know very well that there are many common questions about roofing that the average homeowner doesn’t understand. We’re happy to work with homeowners who have dozens of questions about the process as well as homeowners who trust us fully and just say “you do your thing.”
“I was shown a video of my old roof and a computer simulation of what my shingle selection would look like.”
We’re glad you enjoyed our little demonstration regarding what your house would look like with different types of shingles. While it’s much more likely that the color of your house will change before you’ll need another set of shingles in 20 years, most people are choosing the shingles that will match the house color right now. Shingle color can play a big part in how your house will look, and having a visual representation of how it will look has changed the minds of many customers. A green house with red shingles? That ends up looking a little too year-’round-Christmasy for most people!
“The crew arrived on time and were careful to protect my landscaping. They also cleaned up before they left.”
Check, check, and check! You’ve just mentioned three of the most important considerations our roofing company makes whenever we perform a job. We know that your time is important, and that you don’t want us to be around for any longer than we need to be. Of course, we’re also concerned about taking care of our clients’ yards, because we know how much work (and money) they’ve put into them. On top of that, we always make sure to leave the yard looking good after we leave. While there will always be some detritus that washes down the gutters after the first few rains after installation (shingle granules, tiny pieces of shingle), we make sure to clean up everything we can from the driveway, rocks, and grass.
“My insurance adjuster also raved about RRG. He told me he wished he could work with them on every job!”
Have to admit, this is one of our favorite parts of this review. How a roofing company deals with insurance adjusters can play a huge role in how smoothly everything goes for the homeowner. If a company isn’t familiar with what’s needed for a particular roof replacement, they might not secure the homeowner the amount of money needed to get the job done. On the other hand, asking for too much can put some insurance adjusters on edge and make them fight back against the payments.
We’re so glad that the insurance adjuster was pleased with the way we handled things. We take pride in that.
Contact Our Roofing Company Today!
If you are in need of a roofing company, we hope that Sue has convinced you of how easy it is to work with Roofing Resource of Georgia. Whether you’re in our hometown of Dahlonega or just about anywhere in North Georgia, we’d love to talk to you about your roofing needs. Contact us today with questions or to get started!
What do people say is the worst part about getting a new roof? It’s not necessarily the sound of the roof being put on, because we take care of most of that when our customers are at work. And it’s not necessarily picking out the right kind of roof a roofing company offers; getting something new is fun, and if you don’t want any changes then the decision is a snap. Oh, and it’s not the clean-up. We do such a good job with that that most people never say a word about the mess.
No, the part of getting a new roof that most people complain about most is having to deal with the insurance company. Now, how should insurance companies work? You should submit a claim and they should pay it, but unfortunately too many of them fight claims. Too many of them will try to underpay, even though you might have been paying on your home insurance for 20 years and just experienced the hail storm of the century.
That’s why you should work with our roofing company, no matter whether you need substantial roof repairs or an entirely new roof. Insurance isn’t something you should have to fear, so we take care of nearly every aspect of the insurance claim for you. Here are some ways in which we can help.
We’ve Worked With All of the Major Insurance Companies
Don’t worry, we’re not going to barge into your insurance agent’s office and throw a huge stack of papers at them, demanding that they pay right at that moment. We’re certainly not going to harm your relationship with your insurance company or embarrass you in any way.
In fact, we want to be nice. You catch more flies with honey, as the old saying goes. And in fact, most of the insurance companies know us pretty well, and we’ve become friendly with some of the adjusters. They know that we’re friendly, but we’re not going to back down if they’re trying to undercut you. Speaking of which…
We’ll Fight For What Your Insurance Covers
Unfortunately, some insurance companies will simply deny claims — either all or part of them — the first time it comes in. They think that you don’t know exactly what your insurance covers, and hope that you just go away. It really doesn’t cost them anything to say no. It will cost you if you take their first off, though.
That’s not the way it should be, but unfortunately that’s the way it often works. But, as we just said, we’ve worked with all of the major insurance companies and they know we’re not going to go away easily. When they see us coming, they might not run the other way, but they know that we know what’s owed for the roof replacement or repair. In this case, they’re a bit less likely to try to pull anything, because trying to do so would be wasting their own time.
You Have To Do So Little
It’s actually kind of amazing how little you have to do when you get the help of a good roofing company to deal with your roof. After all, it’s your house…shouldn’t you have to answer a lot more questions.
You’d be surprised. Yes, there will be some questions from your insurance company, such as confirming which roofing company you want to go with. But you don’t necessarily have to be there on the day that the adjuster meets with the roofing agent, and you don’t have to file out a lot of paperwork. In fact, you don’t even have to be there on the days we’re putting on your roof!
Why do we work so hard for you? Well, to be honest, we’ll take care of all of that because we want your business! (Which is, in some ways, the insurance’s business.) We’re more than happy to perform one of our specialties — working with the insurance companies — in order to be the ones to take care of your roof
We Know What Your City Requires
Every city and state has different requirements when it comes to roof repair or replacement. While one city says that a particular addition is needed in order to keep things up to code, a nearby city might say that it’s not needed for code.
Unfortunately, many adjusters — the kind that work remotely, not the ones we meet on site — are out of state when it comes to national insurance agencies. They have a basic list of what will be covered by their insurance company, but because they’re so far away they have no idea of what local code says.
Who knows what the local code says? Your local roofing company. That’s because we work in so many cities and towns throughout Georgia, and we’re up-to-date on up-to-code.
We Can Still Get You Upgrades
Don’t worry, we’re not going to the insurance company to demand that you get a new tile roof with frame reinforcement if you had asphalt shingles before.
But when you work with an insurance company, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to get exactly what you had before. If you decide that you want to upgrade, we can help you upgrade! Since you’ll be getting enough back to cover a standard roof, now is the time to get an even nice one if you choose.
Convinced That Roofers Are The Way To Go?
There’s one type of person who might decide to not work with a roofing company and have them work as liaisons in order to get the new roof on. And that person is simply someone who likes to argue! If you’re the kind of person who knows their insurance plan inside and out, and you really like doing paperwork and arguing with other people, then you might not want us to handle your claim.
The fact is, even people who work in insurance decide to let us handle everything. After all, we have the expertise in both insurance in and roofing to make sure that every “I” is dotted and every “T” is crossed, so why should they waste their time. Our insurance services are essentially free, so there’s really no need to waste your time.
If you have a roofing claim you need to make, we look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today to learn more!
When most people think roof replacement, their first thought is of asphalt shingles. This makes sense, considering asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing in the country. If prompted to name another type of roof material, clay tile roofs might come to mind next. Following that would probably be metal roofs, though most people associate them with businesses even though they’re becoming more common in residential roofing. But what about wood shakes roofs?
Wood shake roofing might not be that common, but it is an excellent option when some of our customers are looking for a new roof. Let’s take a look at wood shake roofs and why some might choose it…and a couple of things to think about that might not make it the right roof for you.
Advantages of Wood Shake Shingles
Without a doubt, the most common reason that people choose wood shake shingles is because they are so beautiful. In fact, wood shake shingles are probably the most beautiful type of roof out there. Shake shingles bring a great deal of character to a home, making it special. If you have a particular style of home for which clay, asphalt, and metal roofing just doesn’t make sense, wood shake might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Each Shingle Is Unique
Because every shingle is made from natural material, each one is going to be slightly different from the last. This adds to the beauty of the roof, giving it a rustic look that many homeowners are looking for.
While cedar shingle roofs might be a bit more expensive than asphalt roofs, they also last longer. In general, a shake roof will usually outlast an asphalt roof by about 10 years.
Wood Shake is Energy Efficient
Wood is a natural insulator, and the thickness of each shingle makes them considerably more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.
Just As Resistant to the Elements
Shake roofs are just as resistant to heavy rains, snowstorms, and hail as other forms of roofing are. They also stand up to heavy winds incredibly well.
You Still Get Variety
If you think the only option you’ll have with a wood shake roof is “wood-colored,” think again! You’ll have color choices when it comes to shake roofs, whether you’re looking for a natural color or a pre-stained and aged option.
Disadvantages of Wood Shake Shingles
It’s Not For Every House
Just as not every house looks good with a clay tile roof, and not every house can pull off the metal roof look, a cedar roof isn’t right for every house. Some styles of house look absolutely amazing with shake roofs, while others simply don’t look right. (HOA restrictions also have to be considered.) But on the right house, it’s the perfect decision!
The Initial Cost
Wood shake roofing costs more than traditional asphalt shingles, but this cost is usually offset by the energy savings you’ll experience and the fact that they last longer. How much is the difference? A lot of it depends on the particular type of shingles you choose, so simply give a call for a quote.
Maintenance Is Required
Wood shake roofs are made from…well, wood! And because they are made of wood, there are organic parts of them that stuff likes to feed on. In general, you don’t have to worry about insects, but moss, mold, and mildew do like to grow on shake shingles if given the chance. With regular treatments, these won’t become a problem.
Is A Wood Shake Roof Right For You?
Every type of roof has characteristics that might make you choose or reject it. Metal roofs are lightweight and highly recyclable, but tend to cost more. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive but don’t last as long. Clay tiles might last a hundred years, but they also require a reinforced roof to take the added weight.
No type of roofing is perfect, and as we’ve discussed, wood shake roofs aren’t necessarily the right choice for every style of home. But on the right roof, they make an absolutely stunning statement. If you’re ready for a new roof, we’d love to talk with you about your options. Contact Roofing Resources of Georgia today!
As we discussed in our most recent article, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of material during roof replacements in Georgia. Considering that they’re the cheapest roofing option while still offering a couple decades of service, it’s no wonder that our roofing company installs more asphalt roofs than any other kind.
Asphalt shingles might be the most commonly used type of roofing material used in Georgia (and, indeed, the entire United States), but there’s another material that’s used in more places across the world: tiles. Clay tiles offer many advantages over a typical asphalt shingle roof, so let’s talk about why they may — or may not — be right for you.
What Are Roof Tiles Made Of?
Clay tiles are made from terracotta clay and have been used for thousands of years. Because clay is found just about everywhere on Earth, most civilizations have used it at some time during their history. The primary difference in tile has been the shape of tile; some are flat, some are curved, some are S-shaped.
Tiles remain popular for the many reasons we’ll discuss below. While the most popular types of tiles have been clay and slate, tiles of today can also be made from plastic and concrete.
Positives and Negatives
There are many advantages to clay tile roof installation, and, admittedly, a few negative aspects that are important to know about. Let’s take a closer look at how a new roof made from tiles can improve your home.
Advantages of Clay Tile Roofs
The advantages of using clay tiles during roof replacement make them an attractive option for many people. Let’s take a look at why they’re becoming such a popular option in both Dahlonega and around the country.
Clay Tile Roofs Last a Long Time
Clay tiles last a long time. So long, in fact, that the chances of you having to replace the roof during your lifetime is pretty small. If you put a clay roof on tomorrow, they will last for 75 years or more. They won’t fall apart like asphalt shingles will, and they aren’t susceptible to insect damage like shake roofing.
But what good is having such a nice roof installed if you ever decide to move? Well…
It’s A Selling Point
If you decide to sell your Georgia home with clay tiles on it, you’re definitely going to be able to use the fact that it has clay tiles as a selling point. Both potential buyers and house inspectors are going to take a look at your roof, and being able to say “it’s a 100-year roof with only 20 years on it” can be an excellent aspect to focus on when marketing your home.
They’re Made From All-Natural Materials
Clay is an all natural material, so it’s considered environmentally friendly. This makes clay tile roofs an excellent alternative to asphalt shingles, which are made from petroleum.
They Hold Up Well In Weather
Clay roofing is an excellent way to protect your home from the elements. Not only are they impervious to rain, but they’re so heavy that they aren’t blown off by heavy winds like shingles can be.
Are clay tile completely impervious to hail damages? While extremely large hail has been known to crack clay tiles, it’s rare. Tiles hold up better than typical shingles do, and much better than worn and aged shingles.
They Are Fireproof
While all roofs have some sort of fire retardant applied (asphalt shingles are made from a form of oil, after all), the stone-like nature of clay makes them naturally fireproof. While flaming ash from a neighbor’s house fire might pose a danger to a shingle roof, there’s nothing to worry about if you choose clay roof installation.
Clay Tiles Offer Excellent Insulation
Traditional asphalt shingles are often black, which absorb heat in winter and can help warm a house. But they’re also very thin, which means they’re not trapping the heat — either the heat they absorb or the heat that’s coming from the HVAC — very well.
That’s where clay tiles shine. They are excellent insulation for any heating or cooling that your HVAC might provide, and that cuts down on your utility bills.
They Are Beautiful and Classy
Let’s be honest, clay roofs simply look very good. They give many types of homes, from Mediterranian to modern, a very classy look. It’s not only the longevity that draws people to a house when it’s sold, but the fancy look that gives a house a much more elegant look.
They Retain Their Beauty
One of the nice aspects that people often forget about when discussing clay tile roofs is that they keep their beauty long-term. If you’ve ever looked at 20-year-old asphalt shingles, it’s easy to tell that they’re falling apart as they lose their surface granules and curl up. Clay roofs look nearly as good after 50 years as when you had them installed.
Disadvantages of Clay Tile Roofs
If clay tile was the perfect choice in every way, they’d be on every roof! But there are a few disadvantages that someone considering new roof installation should be aware of.
Clay Tiles Are More Expensive
No doubt about it, clay tiles are more expensive than standard roofing options like traditional shingles.
We can’t really tell you the roof replacement cost of a clay tile roof in a blog. Many factors, including the size of the roof and roof complexity, will play a part in how much money you’ll be spending. What we can do is offer you more information and a quote. Click here to get the process started.
They Require Specialized Installation and Repair
While clay tiles are becoming more popular in Dahlonega, they certainly aren’t as common as other types of roofing. Clay roofs are not easy to work with, and roofers who install them need specialized training. Clay roof installation also takes longer than regular roof replacement.
That’s true of clay roof repair as well. It takes a specialist to know how to walk on a tile roof; while they’re long-lasting, they can also be damaged by walking on them improperly. The good thing is that clay tiles age so well that the new and the old tiles look the same!
Clay Tiles Need More Roof Support
Clay tile roofs are heavy. While that’s a good thing when it comes to them being insulators, it can cause problems when it comes to the weight it’s placing on the roof of the house.
If you are replacing one clay tile roof with another, the roof was obviously able to handle those other tiles and was probably built with clay tiles in mind. But if you have always had a lightweight roof (asphalt shingles, metal, shake) and you want to switch to clay tile, it’s very likely that you’ll need to reinforce your existing rafters in order to handle the additional weight.
Ready To Get Your New Roof On?
No matter the kind of roof you’re looking for, Roofing Resources of Georgia is ready to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have!
Without a doubt, asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roof covering in the United States. While other types of roofing is becoming more popular — such as metal roofing, tile roofs, and wood shake — asphalt shingles still continue to dominate.
Have you ever wondered why? That’s what we’re going to talk about today. But before we do that, let’s take a look at what an asphalt shingle is.
What Is An Asphalt Shingle?
While most people see thousands of asphalt shingles every day, they’re so ubiquitous that we don’t really even see them at all. Most people also don’t know what they’re made of, even if they sleep under them every night.
Base Material – The base material that is on the underside of a shingle is often made of fiberglass or organic felt. As the name suggests, it forms a base for the other layers of the shingle.
Asphalt – When most people hear asphalt, they immediately think of an asphalt road. Both the asphalt on a shingle and in the road are made from a highly-viscous form of petroleum. Yep, you’ve got oil on your roof if you have asphalt shingles. Asphalt is used because it is a pliable and long-lasting waterproof material.
Surface Granules – The surface granules are the topmost layer of the shingle and are made from tiny rocks. The surface granules that are attached to the asphalt layer serve many purposes. First of all, they protect the asphalt layer from UV rays. (Petroleum is organic and can be broken down by the sun’s rays over the years). They also provide the color of the roof, and add a layer of fire protection.
Positives and Negatives of Asphalt Shingles
There are many reasons why asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing in America, but it’s also important to know why you might choose a different kind of permanent covering during your roof replacement.
Positives of Asphalt Shingles
Shingles Are Easy To Install – Well, we should say that asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install, especially when compared to other types of roofing like clay tiles. As we discussed in this article, you could attempt to replace your own roof, but there’s really no reason to do so. A professional can get the job done better and faster, and your insurance might pay for it anyway. On top of that, having professional roofers take care of your roof replacement ensures that you won’t get seriously injured…or worse.
Shingles Require Very Little Upkeep – For most of the time that they’re on your home, shingles aren’t going to require much upkeep. New shingles seldom cause the need for roof repair, and they’ll hold up to standard weather events. If you notice moss start to grow on them, you might want to have a professional roof cleaner come and remove it.
Shingles are Lightweight – Shingles are one of the lightest forms of roofing material. This is an advantage because they don’t require the roof to be reinforced before they are put on. Tile roofs often require the underlying roof to be reinforced due to the great weight.
Shingles Are the Least Expensive Option – Of all roof replacement options, shingles tend to be the least expensive. The bulk of the reason for this can be attributed to the previous advantages we’ve already mentioned, and the fact that they can be easily be mass-produced further makes them the least expensive option.
Shingles Last – While metal, slate, and tile roofs all last longer than a shingle roof, shingles certainly don’t give out quickly. Most shingles won’t need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years, and the highest grade of shingles can actually last nearly as long as metal roofs!
Shingles Have Many Color and Style Options – What color shingles do you want? There’s a really good chance that your roofers can accommodate (though your insurance might make you pay a surcharge for some colors). And while most shingles look the same, they don’t have to. You can choose different styles to match your home, such as laminated or 3-tab shingles that will give a very different look. Some even have extra coatings on them to reflect more of the sun’s light away from the house.
Negatives of Asphalt Shingles
Shingles Shouldn’t Be Installed In Freezing Temperatures – Singles are meant to be pliable, and the sticky coating on them are supposed to…well, stick. This is one aspect that we don’t have to worry about too much. While it does sometimes freeze here in northern Georgia, there are still enough warm (and hot!) days to install shingles that the freezing days aren’t affecting our schedule very much.
They Are the Shortest-Lived – Like we said above, shingles last quite a long time. But if you are planning on being in the same house for the next 50 years, the 20-30 year lifespan of typical shingles might upset you. Considering most people don’t plan on putting two or three roofs on during their lifetime, shingles are perfectly fine for most people.
Extreme Heat Can Shorten Their Life – Asphalt shingles in Georgia tend to last about 20 years, but they can last longer in other parts of the country. Extreme heat, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations, mean that asphalt shingles don’t always do as well when they expand and contract.
They’re Not As Environmentally Friendly – As we noted above, asphalt shingles are partially made from petroleum. That means pumping the oil up out of the ground (or digging it out) and refining it to shingle-grade asphalt. In addition, when the shingles are replaced nearly all of them head to the landfill. There are efforts to find a way to recycle them, but they’re not nearly as recyclable as, say, a steel or aluminum roof.
Are Asphalt Shingles For You?
When it’s time for a roof replacement, most people just put the same kind of roof on that they had before. But that’s not a requirement (unless your HOA says it is!); maybe you can change up the color or style of your asphalt shingles. Or maybe a different type of roof is for you. Keep checking back to learn more about the other types of roofs that we install here at Roofing Resources of Georgia.3
We’d love to help you make the decision about what type of roofing material you might choose during your roof replacement. Contact us today to get the process started!