Tips For Avoiding Roof Storm Chaser Scams
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Common Tactics Of Unreliable Storm Chasers
When widespread roof storm damage takes place, unreliable storm damage restoration contractors often surface. They are likely to show up in unmarked vehicles and are unable to provide local references. Before allowing a storm damage roof repair company to inspect your roof, you should view a current copy of their insurance policy and speak with their insurance company. Sadly, if the roof storm chaser or company are not adequately insured and become injured, you can be liable for their medical expenses. In addition, unethical hail damage roof repair companies may intentionally cause damage to force you to file a fraudulent storm damage insurance claim.
While it is possible for an out of area storm damage restoration company to provide quality work, they are better known for cutting corners and not following through on their contracts. Viewing a contractor’s past projects and asking their references the right questions can help you avoid roofing scams and determine if you want to retain their storm damage repair services to restore your roof. Family, friends, and online reviews can also be great resources to consult.
New Roofs Shouldn’t Be Installed Over Old Ones
A commonly asked question about roof replacement is whether a new roof can be installed over an old one. While this can be done, there are many reasons why removing the old roof shingles makes sense. Without their removal, there’s no way to inspect the roof deck for dry rot. The minimal savings that are incurred by not removing the current roof does not take into consideration the years your roof could be losing by not being able to address dry rot.
It’s important to know that the shingles you select have an impact on the lifespan of your roof. Shingles that are infused with copper can prevent algae growth on a roof. Thicker shingles with multiple layers, such as GAF Glenwood® shingles, fare better in hailstorms because they are more impact resistant.
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Roof Storm Chasers Often Skip Attic Insulation Inspection
Reputable contractors offering roofing services will also perform an attic inspection during their roof replacement estimate. That’s because the health of the attic can have an impact on the roof’s lifespan. If a roofing company ignores your insulation, you may want to avoid that contractor.
Over time, roof insulation is prone to settling which lowers the R-value of an attic. Diagnostic home performance testing can help a contractor determine if an attic’s insulation and ventilation needs improvement. Common attic upgrades include the use of cellulose and spray foam insulation.