Storm clouds above two houses with large roofs.

What To Do If You Think You Have Damage From A Storm

Sometimes the signs of a damaged roof are pretty obvious, like water spots on a ceiling or missing roof shingles. Other times the signs aren’t so obvious, which is when it might be time to call in a professional roofing expert. How to start the process of a roof replacement. Once you’ve assessed the damage, the next step to replacing your roof is to request a free inspection. At RoofClaim.com, one of our roofing experts will sit down with you and your family to select the right roofing materials, discuss warranty options, and accommodate your schedule to find the best day to complete your new roof installation. Homeowners insurance covers your roof in cases where it is damaged for reasons outside of the homeowner’s control. Your policy will usually cover damage caused by hail, wind, and rain. When filing a claim, it’s important to thoroughly document any damage that occurred. Did a storm leave you with a damaged roof? Give us a call. If you are in need of a full roof replacement, RoofClaim.com offers our homeowners free, no-obligation roof inspections throughout the state of Florida. We bring trust and peace of mind to every roofing project we touch. Contact RoofClaim.com to schedule your roof inspection today. 

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How Hail Damages Your Roof

Experts agree hail damage can cause significant damage to your roof. Ignoring the damage caused to a roof after a hail storm will only lead to bigger problems down the road. 

A hailstone can be the size of a pea and reach sizes close to a softball. Due to the fact that most hailstones do not have smooth edges, each one can impact the type of damage they cause. 

There are some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm: 

  • Wind – Wind direction and speed can vary during a hailstorm. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail’s impact.
  • Size and density – the size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, to your property.
  • Building materials – Different building materials absorb hail impacts in varied ways.
  • Barriers – The position of neighboring structures and natural barrier, like tree cover, landscaping, fences or adjacent homes can reduce the ability of hail to cause damage to your home.

A property’s roof is the first line of defense against weather and other outside elements, but various building materials can take on severe damage during a storm. 

When it comes to roof replacement services from storm damage, the professionals at RoofClaim.com provide free, no-obligation inspections and work with you insurance company to assist you through an open claims process. With RoofClaim.com, you can expect our roofing experts to deliver efficiency and quality with every roof replacement completed. 

If you suspect you have hail or storm damage, schedule your free roof inspection today with RoofClaim.com. 

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Signs You Might Need A New Roof

Have you been driving around and noticing other people in your neighborhood getting new shingles put on their roof? Sometimes seeing a roofing truck driving around town or in your neighbor’s driveway can make you wonder if it might be time for you to replace your roof as well.

Your roof is unique in that you can’t really tell if it’s time to replace it because often it’s difficult to access it and evaluate it. Because of this, it is always best to call a licensed contractor.

Here are a few signs that it might be time for you to replace your roof.

  1. You’ll want to consider the age of your roof. While some roofs can last between 20 to 25 years. There are many factors that determine how long your roof will last, but it’s probably a good idea to schedule an inspection.
  2. If you see shingles that are curling or buckling this is a sign that you may need a new roof. Curling and buckling can be a sign of an old roof or a defective roof.
    Missing shingles in your roof landscape is a definite sign that you need to consider replacing your roof.
  3. Hail damage could be is a top sign that your roof may need to be replaced. Some hail damage indicators are bruising to shingles, circular cracking, granules missing from asphalt or damage to the soft metal on your roof.
  4. Wind damage is also another common cause for a roof needing to be replaced. Some signs of wind damage include detached shingles and creased shingles that have been pushed back by high winds.

If you suspect any of the above, contact RoofClaim.com to see if it is indeed time to replace your roof. We’ve got you covered!

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Architectural Versus 3 Tab Shingles

If you were to close your eyes and envision the perfect home for you, what would you see? Is a cozy front porch in your dream home vision? Often times, we see a home, and we know we like certain aspects about it, and we’d like to try to make our home look like that.

Have you ever looked at someone’s roof and thought you’d like yours to look that way? While some people may think that a roof is just a standard roof, the opposite is quite true. When replacing a roof on a house, there are many styles and colors to choose from.

We offer two styles of shingle roofing for our Florida residents. Each style is offered in many different color options.

Architectural Style Shingles:

  • They are a premium grade of asphalt shingle roofing.
  • They are usually thicker.
  • They provide a distinctive textured appearance.
  • They give your roof a dimensional and upgraded look.
  • Cost more than 3 Tab Shingles
  • Typically have a longer lifespan than 3 Tab Shingles.

3 Tab Shingles:

  • They have 3 tabs (or flaps) with quarter-inch grooves between them in each panel.
  • The 3 Tab Shingles are aligned in flat and even rows.
  • They weigh less than an Architectural shingle.
  • Because 3 Tab Shingles are less expensive they are a great choice for smaller budgets.

Keep in mind when replacing a roof, upgrading to architectural shingles could require extra out of pocket expenses for upgrades in addition to the deductible. If or when it’s time to replace your roof, trust our experts at RoofClaim.com to help guide you through the process.

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3 Common Roofing Questions Answered

Do you have a burning question you’ve wanted to ask about roofing, but you don’t know where to get the answer? At RoofClaim.com, we get all kinds of questions about roofing, and our philosophy is: “No question is a bad question.” So, call us and ask us anything. Our highly professional and trained employees are passionate and knowledgeable about all things related to roofing. Below are a few questions we commonly hear.

“How do I know if my roof needs replaced?”

Determining if you need a new roof can be difficult. Your roof is not easy to access, and even if you can, it’s difficult to know what to look for. Roofs that are new or old could be compromised and require replacing. Damage from wind, rain or hail can cause imperfections and over time cause leaks. Scheduling an inspection with a reputable contractor is the best way to identify whether or not a roof should be replaced.

“Will my insurance cover the cost of a new roof?”

There are circumstances that merit your insurance company to cover the cost (or a portion of the cost) of your new roof. Most homeowner insurance policies will cover damage to your roof if it was caused by unpreventable reasons like vandalism or fire. Hurricane, tornado and hail damage is often covered as well. Your individual homeowners insurance policy will take some factors into consideration as they decide how much of your new roof will be covered. We are experts in navigating the claims process. Allow us to take the burden off of you, we’ll reach out to your insurance company directly saving you the hassle.

“How do I choose the right roof for my house?”

The professionals at RoofClaim.com can help you take all factors into consideration as you decide which roof color and style is right for you. One helpful hint is to drive around your neighborhood and town and notice which shingle types and colors you are attracted to. Check with your HOA or neighborhood covenants to make sure you are choosing an acceptable color and style.

Call us today! We’ve got you covered, and we’re here to answer all of your questions related to your roof.

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New Branch In Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Markets

Jasper Contractors, Inc., a leading provider of residential and commercial roof replacement services in Florida, has announced continued expansion with the opening of its newest office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The South Florida branch will serve to support the companies’ expansion into the south Florida markets of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

Brian Wedding, Jasper Contractors, Inc. CEO and President, highlighted the strategic fit of the development. “The decision to expand our presence into the South Florida market was a logical step in our business growth strategy. We have a business model that helps homeowners navigate the difficulty of insurance claims in replacing damaged roofs. Roofs in these markets undergo intense exposure to the elements that compromise their ability to protect the occupants and their belongings. Homeowners in these markets will now have the leading roof replacement contractor in the state of Florida as an option”, Wedding states.

The newly-established branch will consist of a full, permanent office and support staff, including roles in general management, sales, administration, and other positions required to support and develop the company’s expansion efforts. “We’re looking for high-quality talent from applicants that want a career, not just a job,” says Wedding. “Sales Executives start with a six figure salary, company vehicle and company paid healthcare. This is an opportune time for those seeking a career change with tremendous growth opportunities,” says CEO Brian Wedding.

At this time, we have not located a materials and distribution yard in the immediate market area. Our material and distribution yard in Fort Myers will support the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami markets.

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Where Can I Find The Best Certified Roofing Contractors In My Area?

Replacing your roof starts with finding the right roofing contractor for the job. You can find the best certified and reliable roofers in your area by searching the Owens Corning Roofers Platinum and Preferred Contractors network.

Roofing contractors in the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network are selected for their commitment to customer service, professional craftsmanship, and reliability.

Do I truly need a roofing contractor?

Installing a new roofing is a large project and a big investment for your home. Working with a qualified and trusted roofer who understands roofing materials, safety, and building codes and requirements will ensure the job is done right. In addition, you will have warranty options offering peace of mind that your roofing contractor will stand behind their work.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor, we are proud to offer our homeowners reliable and professional roofing services throughout the state of Florida.

Contact us today for your free roof inspection!

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Roof Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Your home is one of your largest investments; your roof is what protects your home. Maintaining a physically sound roof can save you from the headaches and expenses caused by leaks and water damage. Don’t wait until your property or sentimental possessions are damaged to call a roofing contractor.

Every roof is different, but they can all experience damage from wind or storm at any time. To keep your roof at its best year after year, inspections are necessary. We recommend having your roof inspected in both the spring and the fall. Additionally we’d recommend an inspection if you suspect any type of damage; better safe than sorry!

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How Long Do Roofs Last?

Some common questions people ask regarding roof lifespan are “how long does a roof last?” and “when should I replace my roof?” While these may seem like simple questions, the answers can vary greatly.

As you may already know, there are many types of roofs such as asphalt 3 tab shingles, asphalt architectural shingles, wood shingles, slate, metal, and tile. Each style roof has a respective amount of time that it could last or is expected to last in the right conditions. These estimates are unable to predict what the roof will endure over the course of time. Storms, heavy rain or wind can damage even the newest of roofs. ​The best way to know when it is time to replace a roof is to schedule an inspection by a reputable roofing contractor.

Some common types of roof damage are hail damage and wind damage. Signs of hail damage to shingles could be bruising, cracking, granules missing from asphalt, or damage to any soft metal. Signs of shingles damaged by wind could be detached shingles or creased shingles that have been pushed back by high winds. Most importantly is that if you even suspect any type of damage to your roof to schedule an inspection.

At RoofClaim.com we have been replacing roofs since 2004. Take comfort in knowing our team is made up of experts through experience. Our inspections are 100% free with zero obligation. When inspecting a roof, our account managers number one concern is safety. Not only will our team use the proper safety equipment and procedures, but they are also going to closely inspect your roof to ensure your home, family, and personal property are protected. Should the account manager find substantial damage that poses a risk, we will help you navigate the claims process to get your roof replaced.

Get peace of mind, call us today to schedule your FREE roof inspection.

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Hurricane Preparedness

When a hurricane is approaching, there often isn’t time to prepare your home properly to prevent damage. To keep your family and belongings safe this Hurricane Season, here are five important things you can do right now to protect your home.

Reinforce exterior doors

In newer homes, entry doors are usually up to hurricane strength standards. Many exterior doors, regardless of the home’s age, however, need reinforcement to handle strong winds. Installing a deadbolt is the best answer; if you don’t have one, it’s significantly more secure and effective, but even if you already have one, an additional bolt kit at the top and/or bottom of your doors will provide additional stability.

Don’t forget your garage door, too. It’s traditionally the most vulnerable exterior door and easily overlooked. Reinforcement kits can be found at most home improvement stores for around $500 and are easily installed.

Prepare your window covering

Your windows are vulnerable to numerous threats from a hurricane. Heavy winds can launch projectiles through the glass; changes in air pressure can cause bowing, rattling and cracks; rain can seep in at the edges. You can easily add weather stripping to improve the window seal and reduce leakage.

Regarding window covers, most people immediately picture huge sheets of plywood, but there are other options. Installing professional storm shutters is the best choice, and can be deployed as needed for maximum security. This can be cost prohibitive, though, so you may consider pre-cut plywood covers, sized to each window and labeled for easy installation when the storm is approaching. Whatever material you choose, be ready before the rush and avoid the huge lines for scarce plywood at the local lumber stores. And remember, taping up windows does nothing to protect your home.

Schedule a roof inspection

Your home is your biggest investment. Your roof is what protects your home, your family and many irreplaceable items inside. Most people never really look at their roof close enough to notice any damage or issues. Loose, missing or worn shingles, gaps in seals, and hail damage are very easy to overlook. These areas are vulnerable to leaks whenever a storm, small or large, comes along.

Proper roof maintenance is a necessity if you want to maintain your home’s value and keep your family and belongings safe. A roof inspection is the best way to get peace of mind.Taking the time to have your roof evaluated by a professional contractor could save you a huge headache when a storm has passed and thousands have storm damage. Jasper Contractors offers free shingle and tile roof inspections and is equipped with a highly trained team. If your roof has existing damage, you may even qualify for a new roof.

Prepare of loss of utilities

The most common immediate fallout from a hurricane is the loss of electricity. Before the storm arrives, turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings. This helps your food last much longer without power. Consider a generator and room air conditioner, if you choose to stay in your home during or after the storm. Be sure to unplug appliances, especially TVs and computers, to avoid power surges or lighting strikes. Before the storm, locate your Main Electrical Panel and know how to turn off power to your entire home.

You should also know how to turn off your main water valve. During and after a hurricane, there can be loss of pressure, pipe damage, or, most commonly, a contaminated water supply. A storm surge or flooding can affect freshwater, making it necessary to boil or decontaminate water before drinking or bathing. The best option is to prepare in advance, by storing one gallon of fresh water per person per day, for as many days as you can. Drinking water can be stored in bottles and coolers, but it is not recommended that you drink water stored in bathtubs. One

great idea is to freeze water in bottles before the storm, so it can provide sanitized cooling for food, then melt into drinking water.

Having supplies, tools, batteries, a generator and living space prepared well in advance can make a difference in how well you wait out the storm and its aftermath.

Have a place for everything in advance

Knowing where everything and everyone will be during the storm BEFORE the storm is crucial. Have a meeting place – inside the home for maximum structural protection (closet, bathroom) and outside the home in case of severe damage that forces evacuation (car, backyard). Gather important items like cell phones, wallets, important papers or medication, into one water-proof bag that can be brought with you anywhere you go. Make a checklist and prepare in advance.

All loose items outside should have a predetermined place to weather the storm. Grills, patio furniture, plants, trash cans – all these and more need to have places they’ll fit when the time comes. A garage, shed, covered patio, even the pool can be a good place to keep your belongings from flying around, getting damaged or lost, and causing damage to your home.

Taking time now to organize, prepare and protect your home before a hurricane can pay huge dividends afterward. Saving time, money and inconvenience, not to mention avoiding the blue tarp, can be as easy as taking some simple actions now, like a roof inspection, storm shutters or garage door reinforcement, before it’s too late.

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