Steps to Take After a Hail Storm To Ensure Your Roof is Protected

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!

5 Roof Repair Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

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. 

Leaking Ceiling

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. 

Hail Damage

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.

Discoloration

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

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. 

What Is Hail, and How Do Roof Insurance Repairs Work in Georgia?

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At first, the title of this article might seem silly: “what is hail?” Every person reading this blog has experienced hail at one time or another, and we know hail when we see it. But many people might not know what constitutes hail damage, and how roof insurance repairs work in Georgia. That’s what we’re here to talk about today.

What Is Hail?

There’s that simple question again! Hail is a form of solid precipitation that sometimes occurs in cumulonimbus clouds during thunderstorms (even though hail can blow in from a storm up to two miles away). The basic theory behind hail formation goes like this: a water droplet is blown upwards in a cloud to such heights that the temperature freezes it. It falls down through the cloud, and if it is blown back up again, it catches more water and a layer of ice freezes over it. This keeps happening until the weight of the hailstone becomes too heavy for the winds to keep it aloft. It then falls to the ground, and hopefully doesn’t do any hail damage.

Hail is different from sleet, as sleet tends to fall when it is cold. Sleet is also solid precipitation, but the ice pellets are smaller and more plentiful than hail. Cold weather actually prevents hail from forming, which is why it’s so common in summer.

While we’re on the subject, let’s bring up graupel, because most people don’t know about graupel. Graupel is softer than hail and occurs when the weather is cold and water droplet freeze on snowflakes. It looks a lot like shaved ice you might get at a fair. Neither graupel nor sleet presents any damage danger to your home.

Hail does about $10 billion (that’s billion with a B) in damages in the United States every year, and the costs continue to rise. In fact, in 2017 there were two hail storms that did more than $2 billion each in the US, one in Minneapolis and one in Denver.

Part of the reason for the increase in damage is urban sprawl, giving hail more targets. Home sizes have also doubled in the last 40 years, giving the hail bigger targets. And while vinyl siding might be nice and easy to install, it’s also very vulnerable to hail damage.  

What Is Hail Damage? What Gets Damaged?

Now that you know what hail is, you might wonder what’s going to get damaged when it falls. While crop damage and automobile damage is a huge part of the havoc hail wreaks, today we’re going to talk about the most common ways that it damages buildings.

Roof Damage

When people think of parts of a house being damaged by hail, their first thought is usually the roof. When hail reaches a certain size — say the size of a softball all the way up to a soccer ball! — each hailstone is carrying a lot of energy with it by the time it falls from the clouds and hits a roof. The type of roof you have and its age can make a big difference, but once hailstones reach a certain size there aren’t many materials that can stand up to it.

Hail damage on the roof itself can be difficult for the average person to identify. For an asphalt roof, hail damage can look like general wear to most people, but to a roofer the signs are obvious. If you see that many other people in your neighborhood are getting new roofs, you might want to call a roofing contractor to see if you also need roof replacement.

Vent and Flashing Damage

We just mentioned that roof damage can be difficult for most people to identify, but seeing vent and flashing damage is a bit easier. That’s because the damage in metal can be very obvious because of the way the light hits it. Heating vents, bathroom vents, attic fans, flashing, radon vents, and many other types of metal caps on roofs can easily show damage. That’s when it’s time to call a roofer.

Siding Damage

Siding is the most common type of house covering in the United States today. And while it holds up very well to most of the elements, it’s Achilles heel is hail. Hail can shred siding, especially if the siding is old and its molecules have been broken down by years of UV radiation.

Window Damage

Because hail can blow in from distant thunderstorms, it sometimes comes in at an angle that can smash through windows. And even if the hailstone itself doesn’t end up in the house, the crack it causes in the window can cause the inert gas between the window panes to seep out, compromising the building’s thermal envelope. Our roofing company can help you find the right contractor to replace a broken window due to hail damage.

Screen Damage

Window screen damage can be one of the least expensive types of repairs to a home after a hail storm, but getting screens nice and taut so that you don’t notice them can be difficult. Luckily, screen replacement can be a part of hail insurance repair. Which brings us to our final topic…

How Do Roofing Insurance Repairs Work?

If you believe you might have hail damages, the process of getting roof repair or roof replacement isn’t that difficult. Better yet, your insurance company might pay for the entire thing.

First of all, give our roofing company a call at 678-517-4211. We’ll give you a free inspection and let you know if you should contact your insurance company. If we believe that you do have a valid claim to file, we’ll help you contact your insurance company and start a claim. They’ll send out an adjuster to find out if you do, indeed, have reason to file a claim. We’ll even be there when the adjuster arrives to show him what we’ve seen.

If your claim is approved, we’ll work with your insurance company to make sure that they are providing enough money to cover the roof in accordance with state and local codes. Once payment is squared away with them, we’ll get to work on your roof repairs or replacement!

To get an even more detailed description of what can expect with roof insurance claims, click here.

Our Roofing Contractors Will Take Care Of Your Hail Damage

When it comes to hail damage on cars, the damage is purely cosmetic unless a window is busted out. But when it comes to hail damage on a roof, hail damage can lead to some pretty bad problems. In the case of asphalt shingles, once they start to lose their granules it’s a fast slide to shingles that fail completely. This can lead to exposed areas of your roof and water that gets under the shingles and into your home.

If you believe you’ve suffered hail damage to your Georgia home or business, we want to help. Contact the best roofers around today!

 

 

 

Problems Leaky Roofs Can Cause, and Why You Need Roof Repair Right Away

 

In our previous blog, we detailed why people will call us for new roof installation or roof repair. In most instances, it’s because they’ve just experienced a huge storm or extreme hail, and they might even have lost shingles in the process. Other times it’s simply because the roof is looking old and losing a lot of its grit, which opens it up to being damaged more easily. And when that happens, you might get roof leaks that can be extremely damaging to your house.

Wait, did we just say extremely damaging? Yes, we did, because it can be a huge deal. Let’s take a look at the big reasons you want to fix that leaky roof as soon as possible with professional roof repair.

Attic Damage

The first thing that often happens with a leaky roof is that it gets into the attic and starts doing damage. A leak will probably start to warp the boards that make up your ceiling. The water may also start to warp the flooring directly underneath.

Of course, you also have to worry about the stuff that’s in your attic. While not everyone keeps stuff up there, some people use their attic as their primary place to store stuff. So whether it’s your family photo albums or grandma’s antiques, you don’t want that leak to get any worse. Call for roof repair at the first sign of trouble!

Compacted Insulation

Most houses have either roll or blown-in insulation, and both of these are susceptible to water. When insulation gets wet, it tends to become thinner and more compact. When that happens, it can no longer do its job as efficiently, and you’ll no longer get the air retention that you have in the past. This might sound minor, but it can cost you in heating and cooling dollars over the years.

Stained Ceilings

While it might be easy to replace drop-ceiling tiles, replacing the typical ceiling in a home is a huge process. The water dripping in through a roof leak can take many forms. It could be yellowing over a wide range of ceiling or it might be a small brown spot that gets bigger and bigger. It all depends on the way that that water is coming in through the roof leak.

The plaster or drywall on the ceiling may bubble and expand, and it can start to leak down nearby walls as well. Eventually, the ceiling will weaken so much and absorb so much water-weight that it’s just going to collapse, creating a huge mess on anything that’s underneath it. Suddenly that “tiny roof leak” has caused hundreds of dollars in damage. It could have been fixed with just a little bit of roof repair.

Mildew

Mildew usually appears on the surfaces of rooms that are often humid such as bathroom mirrors and shower doors.  It tends to be gray or white, and can easily be removed with a mild abrasive and a scrubbing brush. Mold doesn’t tend to be a danger to human health, but the smell can certainly give the wrong impression to anyone who stops by for a visit. If you smell mildew even after you have cleaned the bathroom, it might be a sign that there’s a leak in the roof that you’re unaware of.

Mold

Mold and mildew often share the same sentence, but they’re actually very different. While mildew isn’t a health concern, mold certainly is.

Mold spores love water, so if there’s someplace in the house that has uncontrolled water (like a leak in the attic), mold might be a concern. Mold is often found on the wood frame of a house, though it can also live on concrete, in carpet, or on furniture. Mold tends to be black or green, and it’s seldom limited to one place. Mold releases more spores into the air, and if they get into the air ducts then the mold moves throughout the house to seek out other moist areas, such as the basement.

There are many types of mold, but the one that should be feared is black mold. Mold spores that interact with humans are called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can create health concerns, mostly those having to do with the respiratory system. Symptoms show up as chronic sneezing and coughing, rashes, fatigue, headaches, and irritation of the eyes. These symptoms might go away when the person leaves the house, only to return when the person is back home.

If black mold were easy to get rid of, it wouldn’t be such a big deal. But it takes more than a can of Lysol to kill black mold spores; even if the visible areas are scrubbed with bleach, black mold can come back with very little effort because of the spores it is constantly sending throughout the house. Having black mold in a house makes it almost impossible to sell.  It’s a lot easier to prevent than it is to cure, which is why we always suggest calling roof repair experts at the first sign of a leak.

Call For a Roofing Inspection Today!

Roof leaks can occur in a building of any age. Perhaps the roof is old and in need of a new roof installation. Or maybe the house is new and has simply lost a few shingles, allowing the unlying protection to fail and expose the attic to the elements. Either way, Roofing Resources of Georgia is there to help. Give us a call today!