What To Watch Out For When Dealing With A Damaged Roof

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!

Is Roof Installation Really That Expensive?

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!

What Are People Saying About Our Georgia Roofing Company?

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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!

Should You Do Your Own Roof Replacement, Or Hire a Georgian Roofing Company?

If you’ve been researching roof replacement costs in the Dahlonega, GA area to find out how much new roofs costs, you might have gotten sticker shock. Yes, you only have to have roof replacement performed once every 20-50 years, and yes, your roof is the first line of defense against the elements…but still, it can seem like a lot of money at first.

Some people who are do-it-yourselfers see the price and think to themselves, “I’ll take care of my own roof replacement. How hard can it be?” While we admire the go-getter attitude, with all due respect it’s a bigger deal than most people realize. Here are some very good reasons why calling a roofing company to handle your new roof installation beats doing it yourself.

The Danger

Let’s start with a big one: bodily injury. While some DIY’ers are fine building a deck or putting up a fence, this is the primary reason that many people decide to call a roofer. After all, even people who aren’t afraid of heights can be fearful of roofs because of the increased risk of falling due to their slanted nature.

What can happen when you fall off a roof? Death, of course. Between 500 and 2000 people died from falling from roofs each year. When you talk percentages, homeowners are more likely to take a fall from a roof.

Death isn’t all you have to worry about, of course. There’s also a wide variety of horrible injuries that you can experience. The best case scenario is that you might simply fall off the lower part of the roof and be sore for a few days. (You’ll still be wishing at that moment that you had hired a professional moving service.) Broken bones are also quite common, but it’s the lifelong back pain from falling off the roof that you should be more worried about. And then there’s paralysis, which we’d rather not talk about.

How do roofers spend so many hours up on a roof without taking a tumble? It really doesn’t happen that often for a few reasons. First of all, there’s a right way and a wrong way to walk on a roof (especially when it comes to tile roof installation), and roofers are trained to do so correctly. They also have the right footwear that helps them navigate the roof, because, again, each type has a different surface. Finally, it’s simply experience that keeps them from falling. The more time they spend on a roof, the more the body and mind make the connection and ensure that they’re not going to fall. The average person has spent maybe an hour on a roof during their lifetime; most roofers do that before breakfast!

The Cost Savings Myth

Most do-it-yourselfers aren’t tackling home projects solely because they’re fun, but because of the cost savings they can realize. But there are many tools used in roof installation that you might not have. You might have a ladder, but do you have scrapers, nail guns, and moisture detection tools? Have you considered the cost of a dumpster, which is already included with roofing company quotes?

Then there’s the roofing material. If you’re putting on an asphalt shingle roof, you’ll be paying retail for them. But when you purchase as many shingles as we do and have excellent relationships with the suppliers, you’ll find that we’re actually able to get a much better deal.

When you take everything into account, you won’t be saving too much if you decide to handle the roof installation yourself.

The Stingers

Ever see a stinging insect in Georgia? We know you have. Because Georgia is labeled a “humid subtropical” climate, the mild winters don’t knock back the insect populations like winters do in other parts of the country. Insects flourish, and that includes the stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets.

While many species of stinging insects live underground, there are just as many that have historically built their nests in trees. But houses seem to attract nests even more than trees do, because eaves offer the perfect protection from the elements that wasps and hornets are looking for. After all, eaves were built to protect the home itself and channel water away from particular areas of the house.

So what happens when you get up on a roof? Not much, because just walking on a roof isn’t going to agitate the stinging flyers. But what happens when you get up on a roof and start banging with a hammer and scraping the shingles off? That’s what’s going to get them all riled up, and unless running on a roof is something you’re used to, you’re going to be in trouble. A single misstep means you’ll be heading off the roof and onto the ground, which, as it turns out, is the fastest way to deciding you should have called a professional roofing contractor. Let us handle the risk of stinging insects while you stay inside and relax.

Your Insurance Might Cover It Anyway

You might not even have to worry about doing it yourself if you can make an insurance claim on your house. In many instances, such as those where hail damage is done, the insurance company will pay for a new roof even if the old one was quite old.

But what if you still want to DIY? Can’t you just take the money the insurance company will pay and do it on the cheap, maybe even pocketing some money? Don’t count on it. The insurance company might not let non-professionals do the roofing (for insurance purposes, appropriately enough) because amateurs are more likely to do it wrong and lead to even more damage. Or they might reduce the amount you get based on the fact that the labor will be less.

It’s worth a shot to find out if you’re covered, isn’t it? Talk to Roofing Resources of Georgia about the possibility of a roofing claim!

The Quality

No offense. Really, we don’t mean any at all. But we’re better at this than you.

The fact is, we’re up on roofs all day, every day. We know the tricks of the trade, and we roof quickly and confidently. We know what to watch out for when it comes to damage the subsurface so that it can be prepared before we put the new roof on. We also know how to install the proper flashing so that the damage doesn’t happen again.

Let’s Get Roofing!

We know that you’re looking for the best roofers in Georgia, because your roof is an incredibly important part of your home. When you’re looking for new roof installation, we’re ready to help. Contact us today!