Hurricane season is once again upon us, and before we know it, the storms of summer will arrive. It’s important to have your house prepared for inclement weather, but it’s just as important to have a plan in place should damage occur. Do you have a trusted roofing contractor who can not only repair any damage that might occur, but who also has experience working with insurance companies?
“There is such a thing as storm chasing contractors,” says Ed Heller, owner of Heller’s Building, which employs Montgomery County roofing and siding contractors. “In areas that have been hit hard by bad weather, these contractors descend on the area, offering their services almost immediately after the storm. While some of these may be reputable companies, it’s important that you choose a company you know you can trust and who has experience working through the logistics that go along with insurance company claims.”
Be wary of anyone who is going door to door immediately after a storm. While reputable building companies will be grateful for the work, they will very rarely knock on doors to seek it. Instead, they know the quality of their work and the trust they’ve built with their clients will send work their way.
“We know that the time immediately following a storm can be chaotic and even a bit traumatic if you’ve experienced severe damage to your home,” says Heller. “While we want to offer you help right away, we know that our reputation speaks for itself and when you are ready to seek quotes, we’ll be at the top of your list. We’ll work hard to get your house safe and secure for you, and ensure you get the most from your insurance company to help with the damages.”
Here are some things to look for when choosing a roofing or siding company.
It’s important to remember that many insurance companies set a time limit on filing insurance claims, so if you think you have damage, even if it seems small at first, hire a reputable contractor who can help you file a claim right away. Often, if you wait until there is water coming in through your ceiling, it might be too late to get the insurance to cover the costs of repair. When the insurance adjuster comes to assess your damage and approve your claim, it can help to have your contractor there. This way, the contractor can be sure the adjuster give your home a fair assessment.
When working with the contractor, be sure that their quote includes all work necessary to complete the project. Any changes to their initial bid should be submitted in writing and approved before they can expect payment on things outside the scope of the initial agreement.
Storms can be difficult enough to deal with – finding someone to help you repair your home doesn’t have to be. With contracts like those at Heller’s Building looking out for your best interest, you don’t have to worry about the quality of the work being done, or having to haggle with your insurance company to get the most out of your claim.
Your roof protects your home against the elements. To keep rain, snow, wind and heat out, you need to be sure it stays maintained. In addition to the work it does to keep Mother Nature at bay, it’s also an architectural feature that the overall look of your home depends on.
Over time, the surface of your roof can wear down, making it less effective at keeping the elements out. To avoid damage to the inside of your home, you must know when it is time to repair or replace your roof. Additionally, events can arise that can damage your roof, such as a serious storm or fire. So how do you know when it is time to call in the roofing experts?
“There are a few things you should look for,” says Ed Heller, owner of Montgomery County builders Heller’s Building. “Paying attention to the state of your roof can prevent damage to the interior of your home should an issue go unnoticed.”
If your home has an asphalt shingle roof, look for curled or cracked shingles. If the majority of your shingles look like this, your roof probably needs to be repaired. If the roof is more than 15 years old, it is probably time to replace it because it will most likely be showing signs of wear.
Do you have stains on the outside walls of your home, on the rafters or on decking beneath the shingles? This can indicate that wood rot and/or excess moisture. This can make your home vulnerable to the elements. You should call Lansdale roofing contractors to repair or replace your roof.
Excess sagging can be caused by either poor workmanship or a roof that isn’t ventilated properly. If your roof is visibly sagging, it’s time to replace it.
“A new roof should be considered and investment,” says Heller, whose company does building repair and remodeling work. “The average roofing replacement will have a 62 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.”
Additionally, a new roof could result in energy savings for you should you opt for a more energy efficient roofing surface.
There are more types of roofing surfaces than ever before, and in a wide range of colors. The experts at Heller’s Building can help you choose between traditional shingles, tiles, wood shakes and metal roofing. Asphalt shingles are their most popular product.
When it comes to choosing a roofing company, you want to be sure you choose one whom you can trust. Heller’s Building has been in business for 25 years. That means they have proven experience. They have the proper licensing and insurance, so you can trust that no matter what accidents or emergencies may arise during the process, your home will be taken care of. But even more than that, they have earned a reputation as a trusted company, with professional courtesy and excellent customer service.
If you think your home may be in need of a new roof, or want assurance that your current roof can continue to protect your home for years to come, schedule an appointment with Heller’s Building today.
If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re ready to see winter come to an end. But when it does, make sure you properly inspect your roof and siding to see if the cold, wet winter caused any damage.
“This winter wreaked havoc on our lives,” says Lansdale roofing contractor Ed Heller. “Not only was the snow a nuisance, it can also cause a lot of damage to our homes’ roof and siding. You may not think your home suffered any damage, but don’t wait until the first rain of the spring to realize you have a leak or loose shingle, or damage to your siding.”
If this happens, water could get inside your home and cause damage, making the repairs much more costly than they would have been, had the problem been caught right away.
So how can you make sure your home didn’t suffer damage from all of the snow and ice of winter? By simply calling your trusted building and remodeling contractors at Heller LLC. Some problems require a trained eye to spot, and it may be more cost efficient for you to hire an expert to hunt out the problem. Contractors will know the places to look for damage, saving you time.
“Did you know that two feet of snow can result in up to 38,000 pounds of pressure on your rooftop?,” says Heller. “That amount of weight can cause serious issues and even collapse. But the weight of the snow isn’t the only thing you need to think about.”
Ice dams are a common problem we can encounter during the winter. They occur as melting snow refreezing, building up as ice in gutters. It can then create a clog, leaving nowhere for additional snow and ice to go. As the water freezes, it expands and can sometimes break the seal between the drain pipe and gutter. Additionally, ice dams can be created under the shingles of a roof, which can lead to leaks in your home.
Once the snow starts to melt, water can seep through your roof, leading to rotting of roof materials, damage to your insulation, destroyed gutters and flooded attics.
It is also important to remember that the older the roofing or siding is on your home, the more likely there is to be damage after a particularly bad winter. They are more susceptible to damage from high winds and a roof’s shingles will become brittle as the age, making it easier for them to blow off or break.
Once the sun shines brightly again and temperatures start to rise, don’t wait to call your roofing and siding experts to inspect your home. They can quickly repair any issues the snow and ice may have caused, giving you peace of mind.
Using the right roofing material has a major impact on the energy efficiency of your building. Reducing energy waste is possible when you choose the most reflective surface that meets your needs. However, not all roofing materials are created equal.
Some roofing materials may be better suited to certain homes or businesses than others. Whether you are replacing an old roof, covering a new building, or building additions onto an existing one, these types of materials can help you save energy over the long term.
Tile roofs are environmentally friendly and may be made of recycled or reclaimed materials which can be a major resource when it comes to saving energy while cooling your building. Tiles molded with a corrugated pattern encourage air flow, which allows heat to dissipate more easily during summer. Certain manufacturers offer tiles that are given a special coating to reflect sunlight.
If you live in an area that experiences severe weather, these tiles are not the best choice for your building. They are more brittle and can shatter under large hailstones or heavy snowfall. This reduces their efficiency as they frequently need to be repaired or replaced. Tile roofs are best for buildings that need the additional airflow to help them reduce cooling costs and in areas that are not likely to experience severe hailstorms.
Foam roofing gives a huge boost to a building’s energy efficiency. It is a fantastic insulator, provides a protective UV barrier, and the unique application techniques used means it seals gaps and is not likely to develop leaks. This type of roofing material is best suited for flat roofs since it requires professional installation to ensure even, proper coverage.
Typically, foam roofing is not recyclable. Foam roofing is best used for situations that require a very high level of energy efficiency when it can be properly applied.
Metal roofing is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials available. It resists fires and harsh weather, is recyclable, lasts a long time, and is excellent at reflecting sunlight. On the other hand, thermal expansion and contraction over time can cause some metal roofs to begin to leak and become less efficient.
Metal roofing is great for situations where durability, longevity, and resistance to rough climates are necessary, and in areas where other types of energy efficient roofing may not be appropriate.
Energy efficient roofing materials are not a one-size-fits-all solution. No matter what kind of situation you are dealing with, Heller’s Building and Remodeling, a Lansdale roofing contractor, can help you find the right energy-saving roof for your home or business.
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