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Hail Damage Tips

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As April rapidly approaches and spring is finally around the corner, the odds significantly increase that atmospheric changes will spur large hail-producing thunderstorms.  Depending on the magnitude of the storm and size of hail, these information tips will help you know what to look for.  The first indicator is the divots or indentations hail produces on a roof.  Typically, other roof components are also damaged during a storm such as skylights, metal roof ventilation and gutters.

ASPHALT SHINGLES

  • Shingles could be cracked or broken.  The most common form of hail damage is divots or crushed spots where the roofing granules rupture the reinforcing asphalt mat and displace granules sufficient enough to expose the asphalt shingle mat.   This leads to the shingles drying, cracking and finally, shingle failure.   

WOOD OR CEDAR SHINGLES

  • When impacted, hail can crack cedar shake shingles.  What happens is when the hail strikes the area, it splits the shingle parallel with the wood grain.  As a direct result of hail, it can cause wood shingles to break-off a roof.

SLATE ROOFS

  • Hail damage can crack slate roofing.  Although cracking typically occurs when hail strikes this product, damage may be a more random pattern.  In addition, slate tiles are kept in place by a series of fasteners.  If the slate tiles are loose they could potentially slide off a roof. 

 HAIL SIZE

It all depends on the size of the hail:

  • Less than 1″ About the size of a quarter, it can inflict damage to a roof.  It is always best to have a qualified contractor do a visual inspection of the roof. 
  • 1-2″: If the size of hail is between 1″ & 2″ inches or between the size of a quarter to small lemon, it will be readily obvious there is hail damage on asphalt shingles.  It is always best to have a qualified contractor like RESTOR do a thorough visual inspection of the roof.

 

RESTOR PROPERTY RESTORATION WILL

  • Inspect your home’s roof and additional roofing components like skylights, gutters, ventilation and siding.
  • Provide you expert assistance through the insurance claims process.
  • Full cooperation with insurance claims and adjusters.
  • RESTOR uses Xactimate software which is solely utilized in the insurance industry. 
  • For a free roof inspection call 844-4RESTOR.

 

 

 

 

 

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11 days ago Puxantawney Phil saw his shadow and he indicated we have 6 more weeks of winter ahead of us in the Midwest.  As we start imagining the thought of colorful blooming daffodils, tulips and the smell of lilacs wafting through the air, some of you might be starting to ponder ideas for your own home improvements.  I know I have been sorting through pictures  of Houzz, pinning pictures on Pinterest, and flipping through old and new copies of Better Homes & Gardens to clip ideas on how I want the exterior of my home to look for the next few decades.   I personally love the look of James Hardie plank siding replicating 3.5″ cedar lap siding on an Arts & Crafts home.  That type of exterior renovation can be more costly when your involving 3 or 4 types of pre-finished Hardie siding profiles.  I’ve contemplated ordering it primed and painting the Hardie plank myself.  However, a 15 year warranty against peeling, cracking and chipping is hard to refuse as my hobbies shift more towards grandchildren, free-time on the weekends and that my knees knock a little worse on 2-story ladders than they did 10 years ago.  What that warranty means to me is;  I will not be out touching up the clap board  finish on that old house every summer to prevent the annual blister and peeling paint that comes with extreme heat and humidity.    As I researched 2015 trending “Cost vs Value” on Return on Investment home improvements, I was delighted to learn that my newest home improvement projects will certainly sustain longevity in my life-time and a hefty return on resale value for my pocket-book.

New Roofing:

Adding a new roof to your home can add significant value to your home.  There are many variables that contribute to the value of your home and those numbers can vary based on a number of factors.  According to Real Estate.com a homeowner should be able to recoup upwards of 80% of the expenses of new roof.  In addition,  the study indicates that a new roof can add value upwards of 80% or more at resale.  Variables include:  Area and price of median homes. Condition of old roof it replaces. Dramatic upgrades and price of materials. Style of roof and efficiency of roof and increased appraisal value.

New Siding:

When it comes to a return on your investment, adding new siding to your home can boost resale value.  Depending on the type of siding installed on the home you will recoup almost 79% or more on your investment.  Leading the report with the best return was fiber-cement siding.  It came in number 2 on the top 10 list with a 83.9% ROI.  Although it is more expensive, than vinyl it still is perceived as “the perception of quality.”  Coming in second; was the mid-range siding came in at 81.5% ROI.   Finally, a foam-backed vinyl siding according to “Cost vs. Value Report” came in at  79.5% ROI.  The 3 siding choices all ranked in the top 10 projects for long term return on investment.

Shut the New Front Door:

A new front entry door lead the projects list with a whopping 98% return on investment.  Replacing that drafty wooden door from the 1970’s with a insulated steel door not only saves on energy costs, but also is the lowest cost investment for a home by far with the largest return.  Not only is it a focal point of a home but has a much impacted curb appeal.  Keep in mind ordering a new front door should be left to a contractor order to ensure your measurements and jamb width are correct.  No DIY homeowner wants to order a custom front door, only to discover that they have ordered the wrong size after it was removed.

As Spring rapidly approaches and your thoughts waiver towards your next home improvement project, always remember to contact a trusted contractor like RESTOR Property Restorations with your home improvement projects.  Not every homeowner’s destiny is to be a journeyman carpenter and renovate their home.  Ordering and installing special order siding, roofing, or doors & windows is best left to the pros.  Not only will your home be professionally updated and energy efficient; it will reward you with a substantial return on your investment for your home

For your next remodeling project contact RESTOR at 317-644-0099 or visit us on the web at www.restorteam.com for your FREE estimate.