Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 5.15.21.
Many homeowners are surprised to hear that there are asphalt shingles that are manufactured to be resistant to the effects of hail. One such shingle is the Glenwood® by GAF. It carries the highest possible impact resistance rating. This is largely due to its ultra-dimensional design and thick layers. Ordinary shingles have about three bundles to a square. A square measures 10’ x 10’. However, Glenwood® shingles have 10 bundles per square. From a beauty standpoint, Glenwood® shingles win high marks because of their close imitation of cedar shakes. To offer the ultimate peace of mind, Glenwood® shingles, installed by Lindus Construction are accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers labor and materials. It’s important to note that the warranty is a time of incident warranty. This means that there is zero out of pocket cost because the warranty pays the current market rate for the product and installation.
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GAF Shingles for Your Roof Installation After Hailstorm Damage
From a sustainability standpoint, GAF shingles are an ideal choice because they have recently patented a process that allows them to manufacture new shingles from recycled materials. This keeps shingles from ending up in landfills. Many of the shingles GAF manufacturers have the highest possible impact ratings. This lessens their chances of prematurely ending up in a landfill due to hail.
Metal Roof Installation to Withstand Storm Damage
Another roofing material that is resistant to hail damage is standing seam metal roofing. Because of its consistency, steel experiences movement and can expand and contract. Many times, hail marks work themselves out over time. Homeowners that have Englert metal roofing installed experience the ultimate peace of mind because it is accompanied with a 35-year, non-prorated warranty on the finish. The paint used on Englert metal roofing lowers the cooling costs of a home and the temperature of the attic. This is due to the high reflectivity and low emissivity of the finish, allowing it to reflect the sun’s energy, and not absorb it.
Beware of Storm Chaser Contractors
After hail damage, homeowners should exercise extreme caution when dealing with contractors that come knocking on their door. Often these individuals are storm chasers from several states away. They utilize high-pressure sales tactics, rarely finish the project, and are unavailable to address any future warranty claims. Reputable contractors normally have enough work to keep them busy from repeat business, referrals, and online reviews. This means they do not need to go door-to-door soliciting business.
Siding Installation After Hail Damage
The effects of a severe hailstorm can include a home’s siding needing to be replaced. This provides an opportunity to upgrade a home’s house wrap to ensure better insulation. One of the best insulated house wraps in the market is Insultex® which is only 5 mm thick and has a R-6 rating. Insultex® has an evacuated cell, meaning that no matter what is done to compress the cells they do not burst, and the R-value is maintained. In terms of siding material, steel siding is a more superior product than vinyl. This is true in terms of longevity, durability, and curb appeal.