Fall is the perfect time for getting your roof replaced.
As we transition from the summer to the Fall, we also make a significant transition in the roofing business. The transition is from dealing with asphalt shingles that can be as hot as 170 degrees and tearing apart in our hands to dealing with asphalt shingles at their optimum install temperature. At Southern Roofing we have tried through the years to educate our customers in the value of waiting to have their home re-roofed in the Fall. Some have taken us up on waiting, while others have not.
During the summer months, shingles get extremely hot and brittle because they are an oil based product, they also get extremely soft in the heat. Therefore, walking on shingles, holding shingles, nailing shingles, lifting shingles, and every other activity involved in the roofing process decreases the lifespan of the shingle.
When fall hits, all of the problems related to heat recede. We enter a time of year where we do not do long term damage to the shingles during the installation process because they are cool and at their ideal installation temperature. If you have wisely held off having a roof installed, through the summer heat, your time is now.
In Spring 2018 there was severe hail damage across the Shreveport area due to a series of devastating thunderstorms. You may be wondering if your roof has hail damage, there are ways to determine if any damage occurred.
Simply looking up at your roof is not an option. Roofing systems must be physically inspected by a trained and experience professional. Insurance companies may send an adjuster who has specialized training in this area so that they can properly identify hail damage, and roofing companies like Southern Roofing also have the experience to discover hail damage.
Missing shingles are an obvious sign of wind damage, high winds and hail often occur simultaneously. If there are no missing shingles, you still may have hail damage.
Hail damage may dent the soft metals on your roof (flashing, vents, and exhaust caps). If you see dents in the soft metals or vinyl window covers, you may want to seek a professional assessment.
Check all areas of your roof. The direction of the storm and the slope of your roof may result in damage on only one side.
Hail damage can be dents (bruises) in the shingles, granular loss, edge removal, or damage to the underlayment. You may need a professional to see some of these symptoms.
If you think you have hail damage, contact Southern Roofing before you begin a process with your insurance company. We have navigated these situations for years and have the expertise you need. We will provide a free roof replacement estimate and ensure you get the maximum coverage as we work with your insurance adjuster.
There was extensive hail damage in Shreveport in April 2018. Based on the estimates we've been doing, large hail was present from Jewella to the west, to Youree Drive, and between Kings Highway to the north, and 3132.
That's right, hail resistant shingles are here. Believe it or not, Kevlar is woven into the shingles. The bulletproof vest material is woven into your shingles so that they cannot be dented and ruined when hail falls from the sky.
What difference does this make? It makes a difference to the tune of up to 10% off of your homeowners insurance. That's right, by hiring Southern Roofing to put our kind of roof, installed our way, onto your house, you could save every month.
Spring is here, leaves are coming out, daffodils are springing up, and you’ll also see new "roofing" companies opening their doors to take advantage of the spring storm season. There is no doubt that springtime storms are on the way, and they’ll cause roofing damage all over the Shreveport area. Be prepared to call an experienced roofer.
As the storms come, and the roofing salesmen come out of the woodwork, remember that there are huge differences between companies, most notably insurance, experience and roofing knowledge. At Southern Roofing we are experienced, honest and reliable. We have installed thousands of roofs, and we pride ourselves on a superior reputation and satisfied customers. That’s why we are an Elite Service Provide in Home Advisor and we have an A+ rating with the BBB.
When a roofing salesman knocks on your door, insure you question them about their roofing experience and their company background. You can ask these questions:
• How do you personally know that your company does a great job?
• How many roofs have you worked on?
• How many years has your roofers been roofing?
• How long have you been in business?
• Can I see your proof of insurance?
• Are you registered in the state?
• Do you use nail guns or do you hand-nail shingles?
• What are some roofs you have completed in the area? Can I call your past customers?
• What shingle brand do you use?
All of these questions are vital. The new “roofing” companies often hire cheap labor that is not experienced in roofing, the shingle brand may not be very good, and the salesman may not know much about shingles and roofing suppliers. They are after a quick buck. Don’t assume all roofing companies are the same.
Save yourself the headaches and call Southern Roofing, your best bet in Shreveport and Bossier City. We’ll guide you through the insurance and roofing process if your home is damaged, and we’ll do it professionally with great respect for you and your most valuable asset.