After a Storm, Our Roofing Burlington NC Team Can Help!
Nov 10, 2020
Here in North Carolina, we can experience everything from normal thunderstorms to massive hurricanes and snowstorms. We hope your home always survives with no damage, but if you need help with roofing Burlington NC homeowners can turn to Xterior LLC. We’ll help you deal with the storm damage, so you can get back in your home sooner.
What Can I Do Before a Storm to Prevent Damage?First and foremost, if you are expecting a storm soon, there are a few things you can do to prevent major damage. At the end of the day, sometimes Mother Nature wins despite your efforts. However, you can take these steps to protect your home as much as possible:
- Cut down dead or dying trees. One of the biggest reasons people need a new roof or major roof repair after a storm is that a tree fell. Healthy trees can withstand most storms. It’s the dead and dying trees that are a problem.
- Remove tree limbs hanging over your roof. A good rule is to cut any limbs that touch your roof, since they can scrape against your roofing materials and cause damage during a storm. You should also remove large limbs hanging over your roof. They can fall during a storm and cause major damage.
- Clean up any debris in your yard. Flying debris can cause all sorts of problems. It also makes it harder for our repair team to navigate your yard after the storm when we are assessing damage.
Do I Need a Roof Replacement?How do you know if it is time for a new roof? Here are some common signs:
- Your paperwork says that your roof is 20+ years old. Some roof materials can last more than 20 years. However, once you hit the 20-year mark, you should definitely inspect regularly for roof issues.
- You are missing shingles. Sometimes, this just means you need a quick repair, but other times it can indicate that several other shingles will soon be gone as well.
- Some shingles on your roof are cracking, breaking or rotting. Damage can indicate that it is time for a new roof.
- The roof is sagging. Sagging typically indicates a moisture problem. Rotting boards can lead to more problems in your home, so it is best to replace your roof as soon as possible, if you see sagging from moisture.
- The damage if very severe, so repair doesn’t make sense.
- You find that the repair doesn’t seem extensive, but it will cost as much, or almost as much, as just getting a new roof.
- Your roof is due for replacement soon anyway.
Does My Insurance Cover a New Roof?In many cases, homeowners’ insurance covers all or part of a roof replacement, when there has been storm damage. Our roofing contractor team can handle the insurance process on your behalf. Insurance can be a headache. So, let us do the hard work for you. First, we’ll speak with your insurance company about the damage to ensure that they will cover the roof replacement. We may have success getting insurance companies to cover the cost, even if they initially tell you, “No.” Then, we’ll document the process of the replacement and submit the proper paperwork so that they will reimburse you for the work. We speak “insurance” and know exactly what they need to process your claim for a positive outcome. If your homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover your roof replacement, don’t worry. We can still help! If you are not prepared to pay for a new roof installation upfront, we have excellent financing options. You could get an asphalt shingle roof or metal roof for no money down. We also offer very low interest rates for qualified buyers. You can click here to learn more about financing for your roofing project.
Do I Need Documentation of Storm Damage?If you’ll be placing an insurance claim, yes; you do need proper documentation. Otherwise, your insurance company may deny your claim. Immediately after the storm, take as many pictures as possible, as long as you can do so safely. Take pictures before you do any work on the roof, including moving tree limbs or cleaning up debris. You can also take pictures of the surrounding yard and neighborhood to show the extent of the storm. Showing the surrounding area will give the insurance company the information to determine the strength of the storm. Make sure you take pictures of your home’s exterior from multiple angles. As noted, we’ll take care of any needed documentation once the repair work begins. Typically, your insurance company will need a quote, progress photos, and a final bill with photos of the completed work. However, every insurance company is a bit different. We work on a lot of home improvement projects after storms, so we know exactly what questions to ask and what documentation to record.
What Material for Roofing Burlington NC Homes Should I Choose?When it comes to your new roof, you have two main roofing material options: asphalt shingles or a metal roof. There are pros and cons to each.
Asphalt Shingle Roof Pros and ConsAsphalt is the most common type of roof. When you drive down the street, most of the roofing Burlington NC homeowners have will be asphalt. You’ll probably notice mainly asphalt roofs in surrounding communities as well. Just because asphalt is the most common doesn’t mean it is the best option for you. However, many homeowners do like the way that asphalt looks. It is also one of the most budget-friendly roofing options you can choose. Asphalt roofing typically lasts approximately 20 years before you need replacement. While asphalt shingles are typically a dark gray, black, or brown color, we have a variety of color options. We’ll start by completely removing your old shingles, so you don’t have to worry about color matching. Our construction methods go above and beyond industry standards to keep your roof secure, even during the worst storms. We use a row of starter shingles to create a secure seal along the eaves. Our high-performance synthetic roof underlayment and self-sealing water barrier ensures that moisture isn’t a problem. We install the shingles in an overlapping method to prevent wind damage when possible. We are proud to be an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor and offer their warranties, which are among the best in the business. If you’re interested in learning more about our asphalt shingle roof options, click here.
Metal Roof Pros and ConsWhile asphalt shingles cost less upfront, metal roofs can cost less in the long run. Although the upfront cost can be higher than asphalt, they are extremely durable, often lasting more than 50 years, depending on the climate and location. You would have to replace an asphalt roof a few times over the same lifespan of a metal roof, therefore saving on replacement costs. Metal roofs are easy to clean with very little work, and it is rare that you’ll need to repair a metal roof. So, over time, a metal roof is typically less expensive. Metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can find metal roofs that look like cedar, clay, and even asphalt! Metal roofing material has come a long way in the past few decades. If you think you don’t like the look of metal, you might want to see what we can offer before you make up your mind. Our quality roofing materials might surprise you. When we install metal roofs, we use high-quality fasteners with larger screw-head size. This prevents high winds from ripping off an entire roof panel. Keep in mind that metal is also naturally wind-resistant, since you don’t have individual shingles that can catch a gust of wind. As an added bonus, metal roofing is also fire-resistant, insect and mold-resistant, sustainable, and energy-efficient. Click here to learn more about Xterior LLC’s metal roof options.
How Much Will My New Roof Cost?If you have storm damage, your first thought might be, “how much is this going to cost?” We hope the answer is very little or just the amount of your deductible. However, if your insurance doesn’t cover the damage, we can help you stay within your budget. Our free consultation comes with a no-obligation price quote for your new roof. We look at factors such as your existing roof, the roof size, the pitch, and other factors before presenting options for your roof. As noted, metal costs more upfront, but less over time. Asphalt is less expensive upfront, but can cost more to upkeep and you will need to replace it more often. Within both of these categories, we have a variety of style options at varying price points.
Someone Offered to Fix My Roof the Day After the Storm- Are They a Good Option?In general, if someone comes to your home uninvited and offers to repair your roof, they are not a good option. They are known as “storm chasers.” Typically, these contractors are unlicensed and uninsured. Typically, they wait for a storm, and then drive around the area to see who might have damage. They also are probably not representing a local company, therefore they will be gone and unreachable, should you have a problem with their installation later on. Storm chasers may give you a price that seems too good to be true. That’s because they do fast, unreliable work with inferior materials. Some storm chasers inflate their prices throughout the project, so by the end you may pay a lot more money than you first agreed. They might even leave your roof project half-finished and then disappear. When you’re considering contractors, always ask to see a few things:
- A copy of their proof of insurance
- Examples of recent roofing projects they’ve completed (Here’s our gallery!)
- Recent reviews from their customers