Top 4 Expert Tips to Protect Your Roof from Hail Damage

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Hail damage to your roof isn't something any homeowner wants to deal with. So how can you be proactive about it? 

Your roof is the first line of defense in protecting your home from a hail storm, so you must take extra precautions. Especially if you live in a colder area like Utah, hail can be frequent and take a toll on your roof. Today, we have rounded up the top four tips from roofing experts on how to protect your roof from hail. 

  • Familiarize Yourself with Your Insurance Plan

According to Insurance.com, hail damage is "covered by standard home insurance in most states. However, coverage is applied in many ways, depending on where you live, your insurer, and how your policy is set up." That's why it's vital to understand your plan fully. If you have questions about your plan, we encourage you to reach out to your insurance agent in an effort to be proactive. It's best to know what and how much is covered before any damage is done.

  • Choose Durable Materials 

Whether you're building your home or you're simply replacing your roof, you should know that by choosing more durable materials, you'll find that your roof will hold up better in the long run. According to The Spruce, investing in high-quality materials, even if they are more expensive, is often a "better value over the lifetime of your home." Some of the most durable roofing materials are: 

  • Rubber shingles 
  • Class 4 asphalt shingles
  • Metal roofing (steel being the most durable)
  • Frequent Inspection for Wear and Tear

Even if your house hasn't recently encountered a hail storm, it's still important to frequently inspect your roof for signs of damage. A few things to look for when examining your roof are: 

  • Cracking caulk 
  • Rust on flashing
  • Missing or broken shingles 
  • Cracked or worn rubber boot around vent pipes 

You can also hire a professional roofing company, like The Roof Doctor, to come and do an inspection after any major storm or for an annual inspection. By doing an assessment, you'll know what needs to be repaired so that the damage doesn't worsen with the next storm.

  • Don't Wait to Repair or Replace

If you notice any signs of hail damage or any other damage, don't hesitate to call a roofing specialist. If you catch the damage early enough, there's a better chance that it can simply be repaired over having to do an all-out replacement. Alternatively, suppose your roof has been damaged enough to where it needs to be replaced. In that case, it's essential to do so so that your home is appropriately protected in the event of the next hail storm or any other extreme weather. 

Call The Roof Doctor Roof Repairs and Replacements 

If your roof has incurred any hail damage, contact The Roof Doctor for an inspection, repairs, or a complete replacement. We're dedicated to giving you the best options that work for your home while providing you with the best roofing service you'll ever have. We provide superior roofing solutions to many cities in Northern Utah, including Salt Lake City, Tooele, Orem, Provo, and everywhere in between. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free estimate! 

Can I Repair My Roof in the Winter?

Can I Repair My Roof in the Winter

Homeowners may think wintertime is taboo for repairing their roof, but it’s not true if you use proper techniques and safety. The question then becomes, is it necessary to repair your roof now or can it wait?

Read about challenges you may face in repairing your roof in winter.

Repairing Roofs in Winter

With Old Man Winter firmly planted on our doorsteps in Utah, you may wonder whether it’s safe to repair your roof. If you’re missing shingles, have leaky ceilings, or other problems that probably shouldn’t wait until spring, then consider some things, so it’s done right and as safely as possible.

Learn about the challenges of repairing a roof in winter and how to minimize them.

The Best Temperature for Replacing Shingles

Ideally, temperatures should be in the range of 40 degrees and 85 degrees to replace asphalt roof shingles. In Utah, that could be December-March with our crazy weather. But, there is a reason why the temps need to be in that range; it’s mainly due to ensuring asphalt shingles can’t crack when hammered. Installing shingles in colder or hotter temperatures can result in breakage, even if the shingles are of high quality.

Top Challenges for Winter Roof Installation

Besides cracking shingles in colder temperatures below 40℉, you also have to contend with the adhesives. When the temps dip below the acceptable range, self-adhesive shingles struggle to stick correctly. If you don’t use those types of shingles, it still may be a struggle in repairing your roof. Fiberglass shingles can also splinter in the cold when close to the freezing mark.

Of course, safety is another concern, especially with snow and ice, which can impede your stability when on the roof.

Ways To Replace Your Roof

Now that we have those challenges out in the open, you can weigh them with the need of replacing your roof. If it’s a dire need, there are a few ways to still repair or replace your roof. These ways include:

  • Keeping roofing shingles warm – It may be a good idea to ask someone at a roofing repair company if they store shingles in a warm area before delivering them to you. Or, once you get them, you can store them in a warm place before installing them.
  • Sealing shingles properly – Ensure each shingle is sealed with an approved asphalt roofing cement to bond the shingles to the roof. This could be tricky in the winter, so get some good advice from an expert in this area.
  • Taking safety precautions – If you can get help, it would make the job go smoother and safer. Regardless, make sure you have the proper shoes on and don’t install if ice is present.

 

Contact The Roof Doctor

If you don’t have time or feel comfortable enough repairing your roof, give us a call. We have experts who are experienced and know the right techniques to ensure you get the best service available. Call us for an appointment.

 
 

Roof Tear-Off vs. Re-Roofing: Which One Makes More Sense?

Roof Tear-Off Versus Re Roofing Which One Makes More Sense

Currently, there are two options for homeowners who want a new roof: a roof tear-off or re-roofing. Re-roofing involves the roofing company placing new shingles over the ones you currently have. A roof tear off, on the other hand, involves completely removing the old roof shingles and installing a new roofing system. Today, we will explain which option is the best for your home: Continue reading “Roof Tear-Off vs. Re-Roofing: Which One Makes More Sense?” »

The Roof Doctor: Quality Roof Installations and Repairs

The Roof Doctor Quality Roof Installations and Repairs

Your roofing isn’t just responsible for protecting your home; it contributes to your property’s frontage and overall curb appeal as well. When it’s time for your roofing to undergo repair or maintenance, the company that you should hire should be competent, experienced, and trusted by the local community. The Roof Doctor is that company and we offer complete and quality roofing services to prove it.

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Some Emergency Roof Repairs Can’t Wait

Some Emergency Roof Repairs Can’t Wait

An emergency roof repair might seem stressful, but it’s not as stressful as what could happen down the road if you put off the repairs.Emergency Roof Repair

As a homeowner, you may take your roof for granted until a serious issue threatens the security and preservation of your home. But beware of the following conditions that are definitely cause for contacting an on-call roofing contractor right away.

Interior Water Damage

If you notice a water-damaged area in your home, whether it’s your walls, ceilings or attic, you need to call a roofer right away. In most cases, interior water damage is caused by a breakdown in the roofing system. The longer you wait to address the issue, the more expensive the repairs will become as the plaster and drywall disintegrate and mold sets in.

A Large Tree or Branch Fell on Your Home

While this sometimes may be obvious, it isn’t always. Although a limb may have fallen on your roof, or may even still be there, damage may not be evident, so taking action may not seem pressing. However, it’s better to be safe. Whether a falling branch loosens a few shingles or an entire tree falls onto your roof, immediate attention is required.

A contractor experienced with handling emergency roof repairs will immediately map out a plan for removing any debris and will cover the exposed roof decking so your home remains dry while the repairs are being done. Once storm conditions let up, the contractor will assess the damage and make a recommendation for a swift, permanent solution.

You Notice Black Mold in the Attic

You should periodically check your attic for any leaks. If moisture is constantly present, mold and mildew buildup is unavoidable. When black mold develops in your attic, it poses a serious health threat to the members of your household. You and your family may experience allergic symptoms, including coughing, congestion and eye irritation. You may also develop severe respiratory infections.

Mold isn’t always caused by a leak. In some cases, inadequate attic ventilation alone can lead to mold buildup over time. Call for emergency roof repairs whenever you spot mold in your attic or anywhere near your roof. Through air-quality testing and an assessment of the ventilation system, they will be able to determine the best course of action for solving the issue and they will rip out and replace all affected roofing materials.

Are you unsure whether the issues with your roof qualify as an emergency? It’s time to call the Roof Doctor. We provide professional emergency roof repair service 24/7 for for clients just like you.