Hail Damaged Roof Repair Alamo Heights

When deciding whether to inspect your roof, do a repair, or walk on your roof for any other reason, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety. These safety procedures are often overlooked, causing accidents that can affect a person and their family for years to come. However, if you invest just a small amount of time in the Alamo Heights area educating yourself of the potential dangers of your roof, you may avoid these incidents all together. 

Keeping Roofs Leak Free – The Importance of Eaves

Home Roof Replacement

Homeowners seldom think about the roof over their heads until they encounter a roof leak problem. Then the question always comes up: should they get a tear-off (roof replacement) or just get a shingle overlay that just covers over the old roofing? A roof is comprised of four elements: the main roof, the eaves, the fascia board and the gutter. A house without eaves can cause as much water damage as a house without a roof

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Slate Roof Shingles

Having the roof replaced can be one of the most costly things a homeowner has to encounter. Depending on the size of the home, a new roof can cost a few thousand dollars all the way up to tens of thousands of dollars. This is why it is vital to make sure you hire a qualified roofer who has a track record of proving quality service. Below are 10 things to consider before you hire a roofing company for your roof replacement job:

  1. Make sure the contractor is licensed in your local area. Have the contractor provide you with his or her licensing number and ensure it is valid.
  2. Ask for a minimum of three references from previous customers. Call the customers and ask them for the specifics of their job. Ask what problems they encountered and how the company addressed or fix any issues.
  3. Get bids from multiple companies. Three is a good number here. Get three companies to come out and ask them to provide cost estimates and references then compare all to find the one that seems best.
  4. Check with your insurance company to make sure the company is an approved contractor (if your homeowner's policy is paying for any part of the replacement of your roof).
  5. Check with the local better business bureau and read any complaints. You can also check with online services like Angie's List or Service Magic to read reviews from consumers in your local area (these last two will charge a minimal fee for access to this type of information).
  6. As for a copy of the companies current liability insurance plan to protect you if anything goes wrong.
  7. Ask to make sure the company has all relevant permits to begin the roofing construction project.
  8. Ask friends, family members and your insurance agent or banker if they have any recommendations for a good quality company.
  9. Do not pay up front for the job and do not pay in cash. If anything is requested, pay no more than 10 percent up front and never pay anything in advance of the work that has been completed.
  10. Get a written contract that spells out the entire price for the work and the materials. Make sure you stipulate that any additional materials will be paid by the contractor.

If you follow these 10 tips, you should feel confident that you have a good company to work with.

Roofing Contractor Reviews - The 10 Commandments of Hiring a Roofing Company

Home Roof Replacement

Flat roofs are completely different from sloped roofs. Water can run down sloped roofs and go down to the drain. But that is not the case on flat roofs. The entire flat roof must have a layer of watertight seal so that water cannot come through the roof and cause leaks in the house. But like the sloped roof, flat roofs can get damaged and thus need roof repair. It's a good thing that you can do roof repair on flat roofs, as long as you know how to. How do you do it? Here's how.

The first thing you should do is to prepare the items you'll need for the roof repair. Get a mallet, roofing nails, putty knife, utility knife, brooms and roofing cement. These are all the materials needed to repair your flat roof.

If there are split shingles on your flat roof, then you need to do a different method. First, slash the shingle into two. Open the slashed area and put roofing cement on it. Use roofing nails to tack down the sides of the shingle. Add a replacement shingle using a similar method as described on the repairing of fractured areas.
Roof repair for your flat roof should now be done. You are now protected from water leaks in the meanwhile. Check your roof regularly to maintain it and prevent anymore leaks.

Roof Replacement Estimate

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