How does severe weather affect what’s happening with my roof?

11 January 2016

According to a report by the National Climate Center, there are going to be more frequent events known as: “Very Heavy” precipitation. The trend has been rising for sixty years.

These Very Heavy events can be accompanied by high-speed, localized winds. These Very Heavy events have been defined by experts as precipitation over a two day period that only happens once in five years. These events have risen in the South by almost 30 percent over the last few decades. So, the stress on your roof, and on your gutter and downspout systems, is not getting any better. Heavy rainfall events have already, and will continue to, become more frequent and severe as climate continues to change. The intensity and rainfall rates are projected to increase, and the strongest storms keep getting stronger. Since 1991, the number of Very Heavy rain events has been significantly above average, and it is projected that we will see more of them, more often, and they will have more rain volume and intensity. What does it all Mean?

Make sure your roof is built well and of good quality materials. The workmanship should be well recommended and local. ( You don’t want to try to find your contractor in Atlanta or Arkansas if your roof springs a leak.) Your gutter system should not be the puniest available. We have always recommended full 6” gutters and 4” downspouts. [The smaller but more common 5” X 3” systems just cannot handle the downpours that the South generally experiences.] Avoid the expensive but utterly useless gutter guard systems, like the “fender” system that suggest that your rain run-off will somehow go around an edge to drop smartly into the gutters. That theory may hold water in London, England or Seattle, where there may be a drizzling sprinkle that will drip around a bend. But here we get the gulley washers that will sweep straight down the roof and off any fender. All that water soaking the ground around your foundations makes it unstable and likely to settle and to crack your walls. These times require a strong roof and smart drainage… call today for free pricing on both!

 

IN WHAT SHAPE IS YOUR FASCIA?

15 May 2015

Fascia is the front board along your roof line that keeps water and wind from damaging the roof and interior of your home. Check your fascia board by looking for water stains or moistness. Give us a call if you notice anything suspicious!

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What are those White Plastic Vent pipes sticking out of my roof?

15 August 2015

Roofing Vent PipesThose white plastic PVC pipes jutting out of your roof have little to do with your roof, and a lot to do with your home’s plumbing system.  Without that vent, and there’s one connected to every drain in your house, the water leaving your sinks, showers and toilets would slow and hiccup and not have smooth operation.

The roof worries begin when the seal and “boot” around the vent leaks water into your attic, onto your insulation or through your ceilings sheetrock.

Such leaks, which often are seen as tea-colored stains, may be just a symptom of a roof with other evidence of failure, or it may be that you just need these boots serviced or replaced.

 

IN WHAT SHAPE IS YOUR FASCIA?

15 May 2015

Fascia is the front board along your roof line that keeps water and wind from damaging the roof and interior of your home. Check your fascia board by looking for water stains or moistness. Give us a call if you notice anything suspicious!

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How long does it take to replace my roof?

01 JANUARY 2015

Typically Just One Day..!

Several factors influence the length of time we will be working on your roof:
The basic size of the roof.  In general we can install a roof of 40 squares in a single day.  That includes absolute cleanup and the removal of the dumpster wagon.  But fast is not the only concern… we are going to guarantee your roof for a long time.  We mainly want to do your roof project correctly.
The steepness of your roof is also an important consideration.  And how high off the ground to the eaves of your roof line.  The required safety equipment and practices causes the crew to work at a slower pace.  Lifting the new materials up to a two or three story roof is not as easy as toting the shingles up on to a one story rancher.
Other concerns:
Are there any restrictions on access to the entire perimeter of the house, and your backyard? 
Are there special fixtures on your roof?  And how many?  A home with one or two vents versus a home with eight or ten, and several brick chimneys.
Is it a specialty shingle that requires technical installation procedures versus a standard shingle?
Several things you can count on:  when we arrive at your home, we are coming with an experienced crew and all the necessary supplies and equipment to get the job done right.  We will not leave for another project until yours is complete, even if it means coming back the next day.  And we will do our best to impress you and your neighbors, not just with the skilled installation and high-quality new look to your home, but with the full cleanup we complete at the end of each day.

So in general your roof will take one day to complete; there are sometimes exceptional homes at which we have to return for an hour or two the following morning.  And there are roof projects that are so large and complex it has taken even longer. (We recently completed a stately home on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC that took three days; it was a large, steep and irregular roof with an exotic and technical shingle)  And remember the daylight hours in January are much less than in July. 
As a trusted Charlotte roofing Company we can promise: we will never risk the quality of your project just to speed up the work.

How Insurance Companies evaluate storm damage to your shingles

15 Dec 2014

Introduction to Shingle Wear & Tear:

The typical shingles on most homes in the Carolinas are asphalt composition, and most of those are of a type known as three-tab standard. Another popular segment are the Architectural laminated shingles.

There are other types made with other materials and processes but all of these most common shingles are made of fiberglass or organic materials, a waterproofing (the asphalt), and a variety of minerals and granules that form a protective surface and the colored finish.

How a roof weathers has a lot to do with the original quality and weight of the shingle, and other factors like which direction is the roof slope facing, and a key factor: the attic space ventilation. (We talk about attic ventilation and our position on the importance of Ridge Venting elsewhere on this site) Simply put, poor attic ventilation greatly reduces the life of roof shingles and adds costs to your ventilation and air conditioning bills.

If your roof slopes to the south, they will typically deteriorate more quickly than the shingles on other slopes that may be more sheltered from direct sun exposure. During a hail or wind storm, depending on the direction of the wind, some slopes may be damaged while other slopes may have minimal or no damage.

Hail Damage:

Hail storms are quite common in the Carolinas. The conditions that make for a hail storm are present in the South: high temperatures and humidity. As warm air keeps ice and moisture suspended in the upper clouds, hail stones grow larger and larger. When hail falls on a roof, the number of hailstones, their size and even their hardness can vary all in the same location. The speed and the direction can also be factors on how much damage hailstones can cause to a home’s roof and other components like siding, screens and gutters. Hail hits on a roof look like splatters of a dark paint ball gun. The hits leave an impression into the shingle, shallow craters and dimples are left behind on the surface and often right through into the mat material. The surface granules are blown off. These bruises cause the shingle to quickly fail, long before the normal life expectancy for that shingle, leaving holes and leaks into the interior of your home. While no company wants to pay out thousands to replace a policy holder’s roof, Insurors are often happy to stop their losses at just a roof. All roofing companies have seen client homes that the Insuror was called in too late, and there was significant interior damage, like spoiled insulation, stained and crumbling sheetrock, electrical shorts, ruined paint, and damaged flooring and carpets. The Insuror would gladly replace a roof to avoid replacing extreme damages like these, and in some cases putting the family up in a hotel while work is done.

Wind Damage:

A lot of the shingle damage seen around the Carolinas arises from high speed winds that occur during intense thunderstorms, or other vicious micro-bursts resembling tornado strength storms though often of a much briefer nature. Shingles are not made to survive through intense winds, though shingle design and warranties in that area have been improving every year. Sustained winds above 60 knots, about 65 miles per hours, are capable of loosening shingle and allowing them to crease and flap back and forth. If you’ve ever held an asphalt shingle and folded it back and forth, you know that it will not last long before it snaps and separates. Missing, creased and uplifted shingles are precursors to the same serious leaks and interior losses that severe hail damage allows. When several shingles are broken or missing on a roof, it is only a matter of time before the roof fails to protect and must be replaced.

Other Possibilities:

There are many other reasons that shingles begin to age, wear out and fail. Blisters in the asphalt can be caused by poor ventilation. Cracking is a premature aging due to high attic heat and natural weathering. Cupping and curling of the shingles can be normal as a shingle ages in the hot Carolina summers. Even foot marks of handymen and technicians working on the roof can leave marks and damages on shingles. Nail “pops” as nails work their way out of the roof decking can raise up through the shingles, or lift the shingle up, can look like a serious problem but is usually repaired easily.

Your Right to a Licensed Adjustor:

Your licensed Insurance adjustor will be trained to see the differences in the damages to your roof. He or she will climb the house and look at all the evidence and then pass judgment on your claim. Most Insurors take this responsibility very seriously. State law requires your Insuror to send a licensed adjustor to your property. There have been cases of some Insurors sending less than qualified “climbers” out to look at storm damage and homeowners have been shortchanged as a result. Some of these “climbers” are un-trained and unlicensed and are routinely sent out to give reports that favor the insurance companies but are unfair to the homeowner.

If you have any questions, call us (704) 307-9171 and we will tell you if your adjustor is licensed or not; and what options you may have in these circumstances.


Warning about "Storm Chasers" Roofing Companies that are Out of State

April 15, 2014

As you may know, there were recent hail and high-wind storms in our area. There are roofers around the country who focus on this type of work and have been labeled “Storm Chasers.”

You may have heard of “Storm Chasers” on the news, or read about them in the local newspaper.

The local BBB has been of little help in guarding against these kinds of firms. The first things most of them do upon arriving here is apply for BBB membership; and the BBB appears to look no further than the membership fees they’re glad to collect.

local roofing company charlotte ncWe have asked the BBB several times to look at actual practices and whether or not their addresses are legitimate or just a motel room, but we get no response.

Then the Storm Chasers slap the BBB seal of approval on everything: their trucks, their business cards and their sales pitches.

The second thing they do is visit the cell telephone shop and get a local Charlotte phone number to further confuse the homeowner into thinking they’re a legitimate local firm.

Chasers come into Charlotte and our nearby communities with crews of sales people to bombard our homeowners with misinformation. Some of the misinformation can be dangerous; some can be illegal. They imply that there is a short window of time to file a claim ( which is often just not true).

There’s likely a short window for how long the Chaser will be in the Carolinas. That’s probably why they’re trained to push and push you to rush your decisions.

Even if the homeowner had a legitimate storm claim, there is a larger concern: the workmanship of the roof project and its durability. That’s one of the ways they can hurt you: if you need service, who are you going to call if your roofer is back home in Arkansas or Alabama? What if a shingle blows of in two years time and a simple repair would save your property. We hope you will call our Service Department.

Some of the Storm Chasers that come into town convince distressed local roofers to allow the out-of-town chasers to use their local name, reputation and business license; an example is Renoir Restoration which has allowed its name to be used by chasers in the past. If it sounds shady, it probably is.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Do not use companies that sell door-to-door unless they can establish they’re truly local.
  • Do not use those that offer to get around the terms of your policy? Or around State regulations..? If they begin to offer a shady conspiracy, it’s not fair to you or your Insuror.
  • If you think you may have damage, call your insurance company and a local roofing company that is reputable, local and has long standing references in the community.
  • Ask for their length of time in business and ask for nearby references.

Protect Homes from Hail Damage

March 03, 2011

At their state-of-the-art facility opened just two years ago, they spend millions devising tests and solutions to keep perils to your home and its contents under control. They don’t always succeed.
For example, the Institute believes that higher quality shingles would go a long way towards preventing damage from most hailstorms we experience in the Carolinas. But the IBC building code does not force builders and owners to consider hail resistance when selecting a shingle. For a few dollars more per roof, billions could be saved nationwide.

roof hail damage charlotte ncLook at the map here:

You can see that the counties surrounding Charlotte, have plenty of serious storms. Perhaps not as bad as Kansas or Oklahoma, but we still get our share. Carolina Storm Roofing has seen their roof replacement business grow every year since 2004. There is something you can do to keep future roof replacements to a minimum.

The average lifespan of many roofs can be as long as twenty years and some will last twice that long. But roofs in hail and windstorm prone areas must be replaced every seven years on average! That can cost you plenty!

When it’s time to replace your roof, Carolina Storm Roofing will show you several varieties in numerous attractive colors. Try to take advantage of the specials to upgrade your shingle towards one that is more resistant to hail and high wing damage.

It will save you money in several ways: will help to keep insurance premiums from increasing, will protect your home and property and a better shingle will help you avoid the out-of-pocket costs that a new roof requires of every homeowner, like your deductible and upgrade costs.

In addition to the advice from experts at Carolina Storm Roofing, ask your Insuror if your provider has any suggestions of what grade shingle to use on your replacement roof. Most national insurors will have brochures or websites with guidance on “high wind” and hail-resistant shingles. And almost all of them support the insurance research in South Carolina.

In general, a 30-year Architectural, laminated shingle will outlast a 20-year standard asphalt, 3-tab production shingle. And realtors and home designers agree, the better shingle looks much better for your “curb appeal” should you ever wish to market your home.