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 | 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 …

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Restor | It’s Important to Have Your Home Inspected Following a Severe Storm

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Have you experienced bad storms recently? If so, your home may be in need of possible restoration services. Severe thunderstorms are most common in the spring or summer months and usually involve a strong winds, hail, and a lot of rain. If your property has experienced a severe thunderstorm, it’s always best to have the property inspected to determine if you’ve sustained storm damage. We’ve all heard the expression, “take care of your body and your body will take care of you.” As a business owner or homeowner, you should apply this same wisdom to your commercial or residential building and the premises around it. While it’s easy to see physical damage that can be caused by large storms, Mother Nature also slowly and consistently breaks down your building’s defenses against future weather conditions. The specific weather conditions your building is exposed to, coupled with your maintenance plan, play a large part in the strength and longevity of your building and your resulting bottom line.  Here are a few examples of severe weather conditions that can damage  properties: Expansion and contraction due to seasonal temperature swings and daily temperature fluctuations can create leaks in sealants, gaskets, and other building materials.  UV exposure from sun, as well as snow, rain, drought, hail and smog, can degrade roots and wall systems. Salt sprays in coastal locations can corrode various metals, while acid rain in Northern locations can also eat away at some metals. Repeated windstorm exposure can cause fatigue on metal and wooden components making them more prone to failure in the next big storm. RESTOR is a full service …

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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 …