How to Choose a Top Quality Roofing Contractor

Brian Southard contractors, damage assessment, Emergency Restoration, Roofing

Due to the cost of installing a new roof, and because your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, it’s important to hire the best roofing company possible. Here are a few ground rules to help you find the best pro for your home. Search Now 1. Talk to Several Contractors Speak with several roofing companies to establish your price range. It’s also important to note that the winning bid should be relative to the overall price of your job. If you’re spending several thousand dollars on your roof, don’t be swayed by the difference of a few hundred dollars. The more time you spend interviewing potential contractors, the better chance you have of getting the roof you need at an affordable price. 2. Research Credentials Checking out your contractor’s work history is a must to ensure a quality job. Ask for licensing and at least three references while interviewing contractors. Any delay of information is usually a bad sign. 3. Review the Contract and Warranties Never sign a contract without a thorough reading. Taking your time to understand the terms of your agreement is important in finding the perfect pro. Also, make sure you understand the warranty that comes with your new roof. A five-year guarantee on the materials and workmanship and a 20 to 40-year warranty on the roof itself are standard. Search Now 4. Cover Your Bases Cover your bases before work begins. Check with your contractor about whether you need to acquire …

RESTOR | Roof Inspection Tips From The Pros

Markus Kidwell contractors, damage assessment, inspections, Roofing

STORM DAMAGE:  Two words most homeowners don’t want to hear when talking about their roof. This phrase can strike fear in the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced significant and costly damage that required extensive repairs or even roof replacement. The key to minimizing damage – as much as possible – is to know how to inspect for problems right after the storm so you can hire a roofing or restoration company to get the repairs done as quickly as possible. These tips from the pros are a great place to start. Complete a Thorough Inspection Perhaps the most critical thing you can do after a storm hits—whether it’s high winds, tornado, heavy rains, or hail—is to take a close look at the roof. Be sure to wait until it’s safe to inspect, and don’t get up on the roof unless you have proper safety equipment to prevent falls. Homeowners with little or no experience in roofing might not know what to look for, and in those cases it’s often better to hire a roofing contractor to perform the inspection for you. RESTOR is proud to offer fast, FREE roof inspections, so save yourself the hassle and danger by calling us today at 317-644-0099. Look for Shingle Damage Roof damage can come in many forms, but often the damage that results from a storm will be pretty visible on the shingles. Look for damage that could include: Missing shingles or sections of shingles after high winds “Bruised” shingles from …

RESTOR | Early Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Markus Kidwell contractors, Home Improvement, home maintenance, Roofing, Siding

It’s Really Never Too Early To Prepare Your Home for Winter For many of us, it seems like the Summer of 2016 just started, but the reality is school is either back in session or just around the corner. That can only mean one thing in Central Indiana…FALL IS SOON TO FOLLOW! And because RESTOR has always advocated maintenance over repair, we’re happy to bring you the following checklist of things you should start to work on as time (and good weather) allows. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional complete them for you, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money — and maybe even your family. Here’s the checklist at a glance. See the following pages for more detailed guidance. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems. Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters. Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system. Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep. Keep the humidifier …

RESTOR | Drones for Roofing? The Time Has Come

Markus Kidwell contractors, drones, Home Improvement, Return on Investment for Roofing, Roofing, technology, Videos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or by several other names, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator, or fully or intermittently autonomously, by onboard computers.[1] Compared to manned aircraft, UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too “dull, dirty or dangerous”[2] for humans. They originated mostly in military applications, although their use is expanding in commercial, scientific, recreational and other applications,[3] such as policing and surveillance, aerial photography, agriculture and drone racing. Civilian drones now vastly outnumber military drones, with estimates of over a million sold by 2015. Forward-thinking roofing companies are starting to develop additional uses. RESTOR believes there are at least 5 legitimate reasons drones fit our business well: 1. Highly Accurate Estimates for Customers An age-old challenge for roofers is providing a completely accurate estimate for their clients. Some modern roofs feature areas that are nearly inaccessible. Trees can virtually prevent a roofer from getting to every nook and cranny for inspection and measuring purposes. Other roofs have extreme pitches, creating more risk for the roofer to climb up the ladder and inspect the damage. With a drone, these problems can go away quickly. Drones can provide accurate visuals with a high-resolution camera to record videos and pictures of the roof, especially in the hard-to-reach areas. Roofers can estimate more accurately …

RESTOR | We’d Love to Hear From You

Markus Kidwell contractors, Emergency Restoration, Online Reviews, Roofing

File this blog under the heading of More Things the Internet Has Changed. Let’s face it, online ratings and reviews are a simple fact of doing business today. Most folks will search for information prior to making just about any major purchase and many research even the smallest of goods or services before making a final decision. Google makes this research terribly easy and much less time-consuming than ever before. Businesses that provide major services – like RESTOR – rely on having a great reputation by going the extra mile to delight our customers. It’s part of our overall mission and why we proudly post the following on our website homepage: RESTOR No-Leak Guarantee covers your roofing system for 5 to 50 years, depending on the type of system it is and the materials used. As proof of the integrity of our products and craftsmanship, we can point to one of the lowest warranty costs in the industry. Quality assurance at RESTOR starts with quality people.  Each member of our quality assurance team must have at least 10 years actual residential roofing installation experience and five years supervisory experience. Our inspectors conduct in-progress inspections at every critical point in the installation process. They conduct an exhaustive final inspection. If you have experienced the first-rate craftsmanship and total attention to detail we work diligently to offer every customer every day, please feel free to post a review and let us know how we did on your roofing or restoration project. We …

Hail

Hail Damage Tips

Brian Southard Roofing, Uncategorized

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 …