Homeowner education is vital to the longevity of your home. A successful project starts with a strong understanding of your materials and how to properly use them. Follow along as we talk about metal roofing and siding, what to expect and how it should be installed.
Mistake Number 1- Calling the Homeowners Insurance Company First
A 10-item checklist to make sure that you are getting a quality roofing contractor.
Can you replace a roof during the winter? It seems to be the out-dated popular opinion that you can’t install a new roof during the winter. But we have a question. Why not?? Keep in mind, it also used to be the popular opinion that if you wanted to communicate with someone long-distance, you had to mail them a letter, or else send them a telegram. These days, technology is bringing us year-round roofing (along […]
Metal Shingle Roofs are Eco-friendly, Energy Efficient, and Qualify for Rebates Normally, I wouldn’t promote the use of a metal roofing system for the Louisville, KY area. Read my post on metal or no metal for an in-depth analysis on my reasons why. However, there are options currently available at big discounts that might justify the additional expense of a metal shingle (not panel or asphalt!) Energy Star rated roofing system. But first, let me […]
If you read my last post, you should understand why it is so important to keep the granular coating out of your gutters. However, it can be difficult to do if your shingles are losing a significant amount of their coating prematurely. If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of granules or debris being washed out of your gutters after a storm, granules scattered about your home, or accumulations in your gutters you may be wondering […]
Granules, Gutters, and GravityGravity is a force that works on everything with mass. It is a force that multiplies by the mass of the objects it is acting on. Here on Earth the most mass exists within the Earth itself, and therefore Earth’s gravity exerts a significant force upon all other objects of mass upon it. What does that have to do with your gutters? Simple, your gutters have mass, and therefore cannot escape the […]
Think about it. An asphalt shingle roof is designed to last on average 25-30 years. During this period of time residents in the Greater Louisville area should expect to see 3-4 events that could lead to significant ice dams. It only takes one to cause major damage to your home.How Much Does It Cost?Most houses can have Ice and Water Shield installed for less than $1000 in additional cost to their roof replacement. Most insurance […]
Charred wood might be good for a great-tasting bourbon whiskey, but when it comes to the structural elements of your home, age and fire damage don’t quite add the same kind of value. In Louisville, KY there’s many a homeowner with ties to our rich bourbon heritage, and unfortunately many a historical homeowner with fire damage to their home. The worst of the damage has usually been covered and repaired, but we frequently encounter roofs […]
What type of material should you use on your low-slope or commercial flat roof? There are many factors to consider. The foremost for a business owner is likely going to be price, but there definitely should be other considerations, especially if the owner intends to retain the property for any significant period of time. Below are a set of questions to consider when choosing a flat roofing material: Will I be able to find a […]
Tired of GUNK in your gutters, but can’t decide on gutter screens or helmets…? We recently had a customer that was VERY concerned over which type of gutter cover to use on her home. We’ll call her Pam. Pam was understandably confused about how to solve her problem… how to keep GUNK out of her gutters. She had thoroughly researched the various types and manufacturers of gutter cover products. With a wealth of information from […]
What’s the Deal with Metal Roofs?Metal or Shingle?Aluminum and composite steel metal roofs have had their day, and now that they’ve been around a few decades, we are finally able to accurately debate their advantages and disadvantages when compared to shingle roofs.These types of metal roofs were popularized in the 90’s as a long-lasting alternative to shingle roofs. They were marketed as a lifetime roofing product that could withstand the sun, severe wind and hail […]
If you have a home project that will require you to hire a contractor, you should really do your homework and find one that has proper insurance coverage. Hiring a contractor with no or improper insurance coverage can be disastrous. Homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover damages to your home caused by a hired contractor. Think about this: If a contractor is unwilling or unable to purchase insurance for their business, not only to protect […]
A dependable roofing system requires much more than shingles. A roofing contractor worth his salt will take into account the worthiness of the underlying roof deck, attic ventilation, flashing, fascia, the water permeability of roof features, the gutter system, the direction of water runoff and much, much more. Some of these other important elements are commonly left off of estimates provided by insurance carriers. The reason for this is two-fold. First, most insurance adjusters are […]
More Than a Roof Over Your Head – A Roof that You Can Count On The insurance claim process can be complicated and frustrating. Most homeowners are not prepared to battle with the same insurance company that is there to protect them.
Know and Understand Your Roof It’s important to us at Roof It Right, that you know and understand exactly what you are getting when you get a roof repair or replacement. We are the #EducationRoofer! If you have any roofing-related questions, reach out to us and let us know how we can help! Basic Roofing Terminology:
Has Your Home Suffered a Hail or Wind Storm? Hail and wind can be disastrous for your home. Depending on the severity of a hail or wind storm, the damage may be immediately evident, but that’s not always the case. Many times the damage caused by a storm may go completely unnoticed until much time has passed. Even though damage to a roof, siding, gutters, etc. may not be apparent from the ground, that does […]
Who Should You Trust? Insurance Company or Roofer? Why should you trust a roofing company to help you with your storm damage insurance claim? I recently had to have my broken windshield replaced on my truck. I called my agent, told them I needed to get it replaced, and they asked if I knew of a company that performed the service or if I would like for them to recommend someone. Of course, I don’t […]
Are You Prepared for Seasonal Changes? We hope everyone is off to a great new year! Despite it being winter, things are staying relatively steady here at Roof It Right, LLC. After the Fall weather change, rain, and leaves dropping, we have been getting quite a few calls for leaks…so, I thought I would write about what you can do to avoid having to make the same call. Being proactive by calling a professional roofing […]
It’s What’s Under the Shingles that Count!We often encounter problems to roof decking during replacement. Especially, in older homes. Althoughwe try to prepare customers for the cost up front, it can still be a shock when the necessaryreplacements are tallied. We do our best to estimate deck replacement before every job, butsometimes it is just not possible. If you are facing costly roof deck replacement, think about the costsyou will face if you do not […]
Spray Foam Do’s and Don’ts More than once we have encountered mold and rot issues with spray foam insulation. The ability of foam insulation to control drafts and lower the energy costs of heating and cooling your home far exceed that of traditional insulation. However, the same ability of spray foam to seal out drafts can also seal in moisture. Careful practice and consideration must be applied during construction and installation to prevent these issues. […]