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 7.31.21.
When storms happen, homeowners can panic, and understandably so! It’s important to not sign any paperwork with a contractor unless you are 100% you are doing business with them. Storm chasing contractors oftentimes pressure homeowners to sign contingency contracts. These types of contracts stipulate that the contractor will work for insurance proceeds minus the deductible. They also state if the insurance company approves a storm claim, the homeowner must use that contractor. The homeowner usually loses out in this situation because the contractor is motivated to install the cheapest possible roof they can. This gives them the highest possible profit margin. An example of cutting corners on a roof installation is reusing the underlayment. When this is done, the shingles are often wavy.
One of the most important features to evaluate when installing new shingles is their appearance. GAF Glenwood® shingles are an attractive option because they are engineered to imitate the look of cedar shakes. In addition, their thickness makes them able to withstand hail damage, which has the potential to lower insurance rates.
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A home’s insulation should also be evaluated prior to a new roof being installed. This ensures the shingles reach their maximum lifespan. Without proper insulation, the stack effect is likely to happen, sacrificing a home’s energy efficiency. During the stack effect, when exterior temperatures drop, cold air is pulled down an attic’s walls and attempting to exit through the rim. The stack effect creates a drafty home. In the summer months, inadequate insulation and ventilation can cause the reverse stack effect to happen and air can be pulled up into the attic. The stack effect can create frost in the attic. This leads to mold and rot.
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