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!

 

 

 

Why You Should Do Your Research Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Here at RRG, we’re very proud of the roofing services we provide to the people of northern Georgia. As roofing contractors, we work hard to provide our customers with the best roofing possible, whether they’re in need of simple roofing repair or a complete new roof installation.

Unfortunately, there are some roofers out there who don’t take quite as much pride in their work as we do here at Roofing Resources of Georgia. We’re sure you’ve heard horror stories from a neighbor who hired someone who knocked on their door and offered contractor work, only to be taken for a ride or left with shoddy work. It is for just that reason that you should always do your research when hiring a roofing company. Here are just a few of the reasons to be careful.

Quality Is Paramount

Let’s start off with one of the most obvious reasons you should look for the best roofer around: quality workmanship. Getting poor roof installation can actually be worse than getting no roof installation at all. For instance, your old roof might have been protecting your house better than a poorly-installed new roof. 

Get the Speed You Need

As we’ve mentioned many times before, we always put our customers first. That means not only providing them with quality, but also making sure that we’re installing the roof as quickly as possible. No one wants an unnecessary amount of pounding on their roofs, or to have the mess of a discarded roof in their yard for an undue amount of time. Our roofers will ensure that your new roof goes on quickly so that you are inconvenienced as little as possible.

Up-to-Code Avoids Problems Down the Road

There are local codes for a reason: weather isn’t the same throughout the country. Having worked in the area for so long, the roofers at Roofing Resources of Georgia are familiar with meeting or exceeding code. Violating local codes could cause problems with leaks or drainage, and it could make your home harder to sell when the time comes.

Cheaper isn’t better!

When you are searching for a contractor, keep in mind that cheaper is not always better. Most of the time if a contractor is cheaper, then there is a reason behind it! There are plenty of contractors out there who do not keep the proper insurance, they use the cheapest materials, and use shoddy crews to put the roof on. These offers usually don’t come with ANY KIND OF WARRANTY as well. So when you receive a quote that looks like it is too good to be true, it likely is. 

Roofing Resources of Georgia is a Platinum Preferred Contractor for Owens Corning. That puts us in the top 1% of roofers in the nation. That also requires us to keep the proper insurance, hire the best crews, and use the best materials on your home.

Go with RRG!

One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the right roofing contractor is to research them online. You can always take a look at our testimonials, but another excellent way is to simply take a look at our Google reviews. You’ll notice that we have quite a high rating because we treat our customers right.

If you’re convinced that working with RRG is the way to go, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here and we’ll get right back to you to address your needs.

Top 5 Reasons People Call A Roofing Contractor

 

Roofs are one part of the house that people just don’t think about that often. Once you build your house and get new roof installation or get a roof replacement put on your existing house, you can go for years without thinking about it. And even though you might catch a glimpse of it every day as you pull into the driveway, you’re probably much too distracted to really give your roof much thought.

There are certain times when you really should start thinking about your roof, because putting it off can cause a lot of problems (if they haven’t started already). Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor.

You Find a Shingle

Even if you just had the conversation at breakfast about how windy it was last night, you’re probably still pretty surprised to open the garage door and find a shingle in the driveaway. The first thing most of us do is to get a good view of your roof from the street, hoping that it blew in from the neighbor’s house! If it did, be sure to let them know that they lost a shingle and need some roof repair. But if you see that it came from your roof, it’s time to give Roofing Resources of Georgia a call.

There’s a Huge Storm

We’re no strangers to storms here in this part of Georgia, so roofs are sometimes threatened by strong winds and heavy rains. Sometimes these storms will further degrade aging shingles, while other times the winds are so strong that they simply rip them off and leave them lying in your yard.

After a big storm, it’s a good idea to check your roof. You don’t even have to get up on it; just get out a pair of binoculars and look for anything that looks like damage. Or you can just have us take care of it for you, because we offer free inspections. If you end up needing roofing repair or new roof installation, we can even work with your insurance company to get it taken care of.

There’s a Huge Hail Storm

While a big storm might roll through the area, it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to leave a lot of roof damage in its wake. But hail? That causes people to call roofing contractors more than anything else.

Hail can cause damage in many ways. The primary damage is often done to the shingles themselves, as hail of any size can break away the surface granules and show the underlying layers of the shingles. Hail is also notorious for damaging the flashing, vents, and fans that

Of course, there’s one type of roof that suffers from hail damage more than another other: an old roof! That’s why you should call if…

Your Roof Just Turned 20 Years Old

If you have a metal roof or a tile roof, then you probably don’t have to worry about your roof turning twenty years old. But if you have 20-year-old asphalt shingles, you’re going to want to start thinking about getting a roof replacement before too long. After all, the roof has been outside day and night for 20 years, holding up to the weather, the UV radiation, the cold and the heat. No wonder it’s getting worn!

Most asphalt shingles are made to last around 20 years, at which point they start to deteriorate quickly. It’s a downward spiral, as the weather we mentioned above does more damage, which causes the singles to lose more of their integrity, which ends up causing more damage. Before it gives out in a way that might compromise the interior of your house, it’s a good idea to call a roofing contractor to start the process of getting a new roof.

You Find a Leak

Though we’d never recommend it, it’s easy to put off roof replacement. “After all,” you might think, “it’s held up for 20 years, what’s another six month before I call for some roofing services?” But then comes the day that you find a leak, whether it’s in your attic or it’s staining your ceiling.

Leaks can lead to many horrible problems in a home. Beyond aesthetic problems like spots on ceiling, water can also cause mold and mildew to grow in attics. This could invite black mold, which is a major allergy concern for many people, cost thousands of dollars to clean up, and make a house difficult to sell. Leaks can also damage wiring if the water gets into the walls, and it can compact insulation so that it no longer does the job it was meant to do.

Don’t Wait!

Don’t wait for a leak before you call a roofing contractor. At the first sign of damage, you should find someone to perform roofing services for you before things get worse, contact Roofing Resources of Georgia.

Welcome to Roofing Resources of Georgia, Your Roofing Experts!

We’d like to thank you for stopping by Roofing Resources of Georgia’s new and improved website. We specialize in roofs and that’s all we do, because we wanted to do one thing and do it right.

Roofs in Georgia are under a lot of stress. There’s the direct heat from the sun, the humidity that’s affecting the tack, and the numerous storms we get throughout the year. That’s why it’s important to keep on top of your roof repair and realize when it’s time for new roof installation. Let’s take a look at how we here at Roofing Resources of Georgia can help you.

Roof Installation

It would be great if roofs lasted forever, but they just don’t. For the average asphalt shingle roof, they’re going to start deteriorating quickly after about 20 years. At that point, it’s a good idea to start thinking about new roof installation.

Getting a new roof on isn’t something you want to put off once you start seeing signs of wear, because just a few missing shingles can lead to big problems on the inside of the house if the roof starts to leak.

When the time for putting on a new roof arrives, you have options. Let’s take a look at three of the most common types of roofs we install every day.

Asphalt Shingles

First, there’s the traditional asphalt shingle roof, which is the common type of roof in the country. This is what people think of when they hear the word shingles. Shingles are made from asphalt and the surface granules, and after about 20 years these start to wear away and expose the lower layers of the shingle to the elements.

At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we can help you find that perfect shingle for your roof. Maybe you want to replace them with something similar to what was there before. You could also choose to replace them with a higher-quality shingle that will last longer. We’d love to talk with you about your options.

Metal Roofs

While metal roofs were once the roofing choice of businesses, they’re becoming more and more popular on homes. Metal roofs are made from either aluminum or steel, and it takes special training to learn how to install them.

Why would someone choose a metal roof? Metal roofs are an excellent option because they last so long, up to 50 years. While they’re more expensive to install, they’re usually cheaper over the life of the house and the roof. Some people also like the options because metal roofs will be recyclable at the end of their life, while traditional asphalt shingles will simply head to the landfill. Also, metal roofs can reflect the heat better and create a barrier between the house and the roof itself.

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs look amazing when they’re on, and they are the roof of choice for some specific house styles. Many tiles are so hard that they’ll actually outlast the house itself, perhaps lasting 100 years or more. Tiles can also help with regulating the temperature of a home.

Tile has a couple of restrictions, though. First of all, it is more expensive than traditional roofs, but considering how long it lasts it can be cheaper over the years. Second, the tiles of tile roofs are incredibly heavy, which means that the house’s roof needs to have extra reinforcement put in the attic in order to hold the weight.

Roof Inspections

Like we said before, Georgian roofs are put through a lot throughout the year. There’s the heat and the humidity, the winds and the storms, the hail and even occasional ice. And, of course, all of those put together over time will break down the shingles on the average roofs. Even newer roofs can give out of the winds get too high, or, worst case scenario, if a tornado passes nearby.

That’s why we offer free roofing inspections to let you know just how much time and elements have worn down your roof. If we find problems, we’ll let you know about them and what you can do from there. We can even talk with your insurance agency to see if they’ll take care of the roof repair (or even roof replacement) for you.

Contact Us Today!

We’d love to take care of your roofing needs in Georgia, so be sure to give us a call when you need roof repair or installation. Contact Roofing Resources today!