Roofing Tips for Homeowners

Atlanta Area Roofing Tips

How can you tell the difference between serious roof damage and a minor repair issue? We want to offer a few roofing tips to help you distinguish between roof repair and roof replacement. Replacing your roof can be frustrating when you aren’t prepared for the expenses or time involved. Still, you should never put off a roof replacement in favor of less costly repairs. This could result in serious damage to your home – or injury to your family. When a roof isn’t properly maintained for a long period of time, the risk of total collapse or excessive leaking is high. Don’t let your home get to this point. Take action by calling in a professional team as soon as possible.

Roofing Tips – Extensive Roof Damage – Storm Roof Damage

Sunroom LeaksYour roof should always be replaced when damage is extensive. Homeowners in Atlanta (and the state of Georgia) can experience extreme weather during the spring, summer and even winter season.  Fortunately, most damage can be readily repaired without much hassle, however, fallen trees and missing shingles from a storm may have caused more damage than you know, and should probably not be a DIY PROJECT.  Major Roof Damage is not always easy to discover without getting professionals involved. If problems occur later that may have been related to the storm or weather condition it will be hard to get the insurance to pay for a roof replacement without documents and a professional evaluation completed at the time of the disaster. 

Find Out What Your Homeowner’s Policy Covers

 

How do I know what my policy covers and when Roof Replacement is the appropriate option? The best way to know what’s covered or what is not covered is to contact your insurance provider and you should also call an experienced local Roofing Company that is properly licensed and insured. They can inspect your roof to make a recommendation based on their findings.

Some policies take the age of your roof into account at the time it is damaged. For example, if your roof is less than 10 years old, you may be covered for the full cost of repairing or replacing the damaged parts of your roof. If your roof older than 10-15 years,  you may only be reimbursed for the depreciated value. The depreciated value takes the wear and tear of your roof into account and the decreased value prior to the damage. 

Some policies will only offer roof damage coverage up to the depreciated value, regardless of the age of your roof. Other policies will cover the full cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section of your roof at the time of the claim, regardless of the age.  In most cases, your insurance company will send their own inspector to your home, but please do not let that stop you from calling another Roof inspector hired by you to investigate and verify simultaneously. The cost of a Roof Inspection is low and very worth it when it comes to protecting yourself.  Remember that the insurance company’s goal is to keep their expense low and they do not always have the homeowner’s best interest. Provide your own documents from your Inspector’s findings. If the damage is determined to be from aging or poor maintenance of your roof, it will typically not be covered under your policy. Be sure to keep all documents for any prior roofing repairs or inspections to show that you have done your due diligence. 

What is the Age of Your Roof, and when should it be replaced? 

Age is also a serious issue when deciding between roof repair and roof replacement. If your roof is older than fifteen or twenty years, it may be time to consider a replacement. This, of course, depends on the material used to craft your roof. Metal roofs can last much longer when maintained properly. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, top out at two decades of use. However, it is only a qualified Roofer that can determine if you are truly in need of a new roof or simply need a few repairs. 

What about Insulation?

Does your home feel drafty? If so, years of minor roof repairs may be the culprit. If it seems like simple repairs are failing and your home is constantly chilly, the time has come to contact a qualified company to inspect if insulation is needed, new windows maybe,  or if you should be replacing your roof. After all, you’ll want to keep your family warm during the fall and Winter months and cool during the hot GA Summers.  You can also save lots of money on electricity when making sure that all is intact. 

Value Perspective 

If you want to add value to your home, a fresh roof is a great way to get started. Modern finishes that are both highly efficient, stylish and will increase your curb appeal.

Roofing Tips Select Roofing Consultants

Think about the mentioned roofing tips and before you decide between roof repair and roof replacement, make sure you hire a qualified contractor with references. If you have any further questions, We look forward to helping you improve your roof and stabilize your home. The difficult decision to tear apart your roof and replace it with an upgrade can be made easier when you work with a team of professionals. We provide a variety of useful services and roofing tips that will help you make tough choices with exceptional results. These services include roof repair, roof replacement, and inspections in both our commercial department and residential department Give us a call at (404)-863-2598 or submit your preferred appointment time below. WE ARE LICENSED AND INSURED AND HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR OVER TWO DECADES. 

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