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The Battle after the Storm

Author : Scott Best

If you're like many other Americans you may have had storm damage toward the end of summer from the heavy storms that many of us suffer through. Some places in the Midwest and Western states suffered heavy damage from severe hail storms and tornadoes. 

Because of the sheer volume of claims submitted, insurance companies it seems are trying to lump many different types of claims into a general category too best dispense with as many claims as possible in the shortest amount of time. Hail DamageThis kind of claim handling doesn't necessarily treat the policyholder as fairly as one expects to be, or as they should be treated. If your insurance company has resorted to this kind of claim handling, you may find yourself with a lot less cash to deal with needed repairs to your home even factoring in reasonable depreciation and deductibles.  

The best thing to do is not lose your head, don't take for face value the first settlement the insurance company offers you. It may be in your best interest to negotiate with the insurance company to have a readjustment of your property made by an independent adjuster rather than the insurance company appointed adjuster. If they do not agree to have your damage readjusted by an independent adjuster you still have the option to have the damage re-inspected by an independent adjuster and submit that adjustment to the insurance company for review. You may end up having to pay for the independent adjuster, but you will most probably be money ahead to do so if your initial settlement is considerably off the mark of any legitimate repair estimates you might have. ...Complete Article Here


  Copyright 2011 Scott Best


Replacing Damaged Wood Shingles

Author : Scott Best

Some people would argue that wood or shake shingles rank in the top when it comes to roof coverings. Granted they are durable in most instances if installed and maintained properly.  However wood shingles do have some special installation concerns and some maintenance issues that other roofing systems don't.  If you are willing to deal with the special issues, and are fond of the wood look, then by all means use them.  

Wood shingle roofing needs to be inspected annually for cracks or splits in the shingles.  Any of these kinds of defects over a joint or juncture can cause problems that can lead to leaky roofs.  And I don’t need to detail what kind of damage a leaky roof can cause.  

Any split or damaged shingles should be replaced as quickly as possible. Don’t wait. Roof damage could already be occurring. If you do need to replace wood shingles, here is how it can be done. ...Complete Article Here


  Copyright 2008 Scott Best


Unusual Winter Weather Taking Toll on Roofs and Gutters

Author : Scott Best

Winter looks to be here for a while and heavy snows have caused some big problems for those with guttering, especially if the gutters were not cleaned of debris before the heavy snows started to arrive. I know this to be true, because I am guilty this year of not having time to clean up fall leaves as I should have from my gutters.

The issue we have been getting a lot of concern about this season is ice heavy gutters. The problem seems to be worse on the gutters that have fall debris left over but is happening in clean gutters as well. Because the weather has been so weird this season, with heavy snow then warmer days, then cold snaps and more snow. As a result of this type of pattern ice dams have formed in many a gutter including mine.

These ice dams plug up the downspout of the guttering and allow heavy ice and snow to build up in the gutters. Normally this isn’t too much of a problem. Gutters are usually designed with enough of a support system to handle being clear full of ice without structurally failing...Complete Article Here


  Copyright 2008 Scott Best


The Importance of quality roofing.

What’s so important about the quality of a roof? Let’s take a bit closer look at what it is we really want a roof to do. First off we want it to be sturdy, we want to make sure that it doesn’t come crashing down on our heads. We want it to be long lasting; we don’t want to replace it on any type of regular basis. We want it to keep out the weather, and elements. Some roofs are inherently designed to let the sun in at certain times and keep it out others. Regardless of what a roof is designed to do, it maintains the purpose of protecting the rest of the entire structure, regardless whether it is a residential home, or a large commercial structure. So it goes almost without saying, the roof of a structure is key in any building design. A roof is a buildings most important structural aspect. Without a good roof, one that functions in a manner compliant to the over all building design and functionality, everything in that structure would be left to the mercy of, and the fury of nature. To have a grand and beautiful building will eventually lead to unwanted circumstances without a properly constructed and maintained roof.

We construct buildings and homes to keep us and “things” safe from the elements. Imagine the Smithsonian museum with out a roof of any kind. How long would the historical objects contained within last? How long would it take the wind and rain and sun to obliterate those things heralded as national treasures? That might be a bit dramatic, but it does get the point across. We construct sound sturdy roofs to protect us and our things. It has been going on since man first built free standing structures, before the time of Christ. Even back then, the importance of quality roofing materials was well appreciated. Granted the choices were very limited two thousand years ago, but even then they drew on the best knowledge available as well as the best materials to construct the sturdiest and longest lasting roofs possible. Many of those early roof builders must have been doing something right, because many of the roof building practices used back then are still being used today. Including but not limited to Stone, slate, baked clay tile, wood shingles. Today the choices for roofing materials is vast indeed, making the task of choosing the best for a particular type of application even more difficult.

Today’s choices for roofing include a vast variety of materials that include such things as composite materials, plastics, steel or metal, asphalt and yes those mentioned above as well. Stone, Clay tile, slate and wood shingles are still popular materials used in modern roofing.

The roofing mistakes usually made are one of two. The number one mistake made in roof construction is not properly anticipating climatic conditions of the region of construction, or using materials that are insufficient for those conditions. The number two mistake is cutting back on or holding down the cost of roofing to increase some interior aspect of a structure. (this usually happens during general building constructions, and not as a rule during replacement or maintenance). The old adage of “Pay me now or pay me later” defiantly holds true in the types of roofing choices made

Choosing the proper roof really has two aspects, existing or non-existing. Let me explain. If a building is pre-existing, and the roof was constructed of asphalt shingles from its original design, it probably wouldn’t be feasible to opt for slate or clay tile as replacement materials. Why? Because more then likely the frame material of the roof structure was not designed to handle the additional weight of these types of materials, so using such material could be dangerous. Their added weight might cause the roof structure to collapse. Generally asphalt shingles give good protection except under extreme climate conditions.

The second aspect of choosing the proper roofing material is generally considered to be for new construction. In new construction, the choices involved in roofing materials play a key roll in over all project design. Let’s say in someone’s aesthetic design choices, Mediterranean terracotta style shingles seem to be just what is needed. They require little maintenance, last virtually for ever, look great and add just the right touch to the Spanish exterior design of a new home. But the catch here is that new home is being built in northern Minnesota, where it snows … a lot. Now a big decision needs to be made. Having those clay tiles on the roof sure will look pretty, but will add a pretty penny to the cost of construction as well, not just because clay tile shingles are more expensive to purchase and install. It’s because the designed structure will need to be reinforced to handle the extra weight of the tiles as well as snow load for that part of the country. It might be now that those terracotta tile shingles just lost some of their shine. So cost becomes an issue in having the best material.

But with the advent of modern materials there are other options available. There are companies producing composite and metal look alike shingles. Most of these new composite and metal roofing materials are light weight, durable and cost effective. So in new construction, you could have the best of both worlds. Low initial cost, as well as great looking, and functional roofing material.

So many choices, no much to consider and to learn, how can a person ever get it all straight? There may be no easy answer to that particular question, but to many others help can be found by looking through our many resources here at New Roof

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A fine roof is an essential element of a well planned home. Employing experienced workforce and use of high quality equipment is important. Rates, simplicity of setting up and appearance are all deciding factors in selecting a roofing material.

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Installing Cedar Roof Shingles
Cedar shingles are durable and may resist insect damage. Cedar shingles are smooth and provide the home with a rustic appearance. When installing cedar roof shingles, homeowner's may sometimes be able to place the new cedar shingles over existing roofing material.... more HERE

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Metal Shingles
Metal shingles are usually meant to look like traditional asphalt shingles, wood shakes, or tiles, but metal shingles come with a greater guarantee to ward off rough weather. Many consider these shingles to be the strongest roofing material available. Contrary to popular belief, modern technology has made metal shingles very light, and they are a feast for the eyes, and also have very high fire-resistant ratings....More HERE

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Will Your Roof Leak?
Roofing repairs: The component of sloped roofs that is most vulnerable to early deterioration is the area around the flashings (chimneys, plumbing stacks, valleys, etc., and particularly skylights). It is not uncommon for these areas to develop a leak before the rest of the roof material has aged significantly. Also, because these areas are frequently made of metal they can be more susceptible than the rest of the roof coverings to wind and other mechanical damage. So while the flashings may appear fine today, and your roof may be relatively young, the flashings should be monitored on a regular basis (semi-annually) to ensure they will function properly....More HERE

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