Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Damage, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement

A: According to NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, “Hail is precipitation that is formed when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freezes into ice. Hailstones grow by colliding with super cooled water drops. The stronger the updraft, the larger the hailstone can grow.” Large hail and strong winds can cause damage to your home or business’ roofing, siding, gutters, etc.

Hail damage to asphalt shingles can cause granule loss, puncturing, soft spots or bruising that’s difficult for non-professionals to identify. In some cases, the damage from hail can be strong enough to rupture the reinforcing mat of the roofing shingle, which exposes the underlying fibers (bitumen). Once these fibers are exposed, the roofing shingle’s ability to shed water deteriorates, reducing the life-expectancy of the roof and allowing water to get into the house.

A: Not necessarily. If you ONLY see the water spots or leaks DURING a rain storm accompanied by strong winds, then most likely it is not because of a roof leak. If so, then where are the water spots on the ceiling coming from? This may occur when strong winds blow rain through roof vents, which are not completely sealed for its purpose of serving as an exhaust, i.e. water heater vent, dryer vent. In cases like these, our professional roofers at 1-A Roofing and Construction will determine if this is the case, by checking your roof for damage as well as your attic for water penetration. If no roof damage is found, then most likely the water is entering your house through the roof vents. Another possible scenario is when your roof is subjected to strong winds with ice or snow. Step out and look at your roof. If your house design has a pocket on your roof – where there is a wall next to another lower level of roof – this pocket is an area where strong winds can blow and start to pack ice or snow on your roof. Once the ice or snow builds up on your roof in that pocket and it starts to melt, the strong winds will push water through the bottom of the wall next to it. This frequently occurs if you have a wood siding on that wall. In either case, it is best to call us at 1A Roofing and Construction so we can help you determine the best solution to your structural needs.

A: Every roof has its own lifespan. A roof’s lifespan is determined by the kind of material it is made of, the thickness of the shingles, proper installation techniques, and how much it is subjected to weather conditions and extreme temperatures. 

A traditional asphalt shingle roof lasts about 12 to 20 years. Metal roofs last about 40 to 70 years, while tile roofs may last up to 50 years. 

If you have a traditional asphalt shingle roof that is more than 20 years old, then it may be time to have your roof replaced even if it does not show any of the signs that your roof is failing.

A: In Texas, we experience extremely high heat in the summer. This causes roof shingles to bake more under severely high temperatures. This in turn causes roof shingles to lose shingle granules faster. This is another reason why you need to have a professional expert roofer from 1A Roofing and Construction to come and check your roof regularly, especially during the summer, if you start to see roof shingles granules in places other than your roof.

A: The following are signs that your roof may be failing: missing shingles, loose shingles, evident sagging, interior water damage, folded or dented shingles, curled, cracked or blistered shingles, shingles with holes, granules in your gutters or on the ground, missing or damaged flashing.

A professional and trustworthy roofing specialist needs to inspect your roof to assess the cause and extent of your roof damage and will then give you the appropriate recommendations of getting a roof repair or an entire roof replacement.

A: Depending on your homeowner’s insurance, most of them usually cover structural damage that is caused by hail, wind, or fallen trees, among others. The particulars of your coverage will be specified in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Such structural damage coverage may include roof repair or replacement. It is important to note that your policy may require you to pay a deductible in making a roof insurance claim.

In addition to that, when you choose to file a roofing claim with your insurance company, you may see the terms: Replacement Cost Value (RCV) and Actual Cash Value (ACV) on your roofing claims report. Depending on your specific insurance policy, you may receive more or less coverage for your property’s damages. In the event of a loss your insurance company will either pay you the Replacement Cost Value (RCV), which is the replacement cost of the damaged items on your property, or the Actual Cash Value (ACV) which is equal to the replacement cost of the damaged items minus depreciation and your deductible. Once you replace the items or complete the repairs your insurance company will pay you the depreciated amount.

It is best to call us at 1A Roofing and Construction to have one of our roofing specialists first inspect your roof to assess if you have extensive roof damage that will merit making a roof insurance claim. If it is determined that you do have enough hail damage, we will then walk you through the entire process of making an insurance claim. If your insurance claim is approved, we will discuss with you the next steps in how to get your roof replaced and move forward with the actual work needed to complete the roof replacement. We at 1A Roofing and Construction have many years of experience in dealing with insurance companies and have successfully installed high quality roofs for local homeowners.

A: If you have hail or wind damage, you shouldn’t be afraid to file a claim for your roof. Your insurer cannot cancel your policy due to storm damage and cannot raise your rates on the basis of your individual storm damage claim. Be aware, however, that insurance rates in your area can fluctuate whether or not you file a claim, so it is best to find a legitimate roofing contractor to help you with your roof claim when a hailstorm strikes.

A: You will quickly learn that after every major hail storm in your area, fly-by-night roofers will come and knock at your door and offer to change your roof with all sorts of guarantees and promises. Be very careful. Make sure to do your research on those roofing companies before you make your decision. Many of them come from out of town. So if you happen to have roofing issues in the future, you will have difficulty reaching them to make a claim on their warranties for those roofing issues to be addressed. It is always best to hire a local, trusted, roofing company like 1A Roofing and Construction that is insured, established, and known to deliver high quality roofing work with excellent customer service.

1A Roofing and Construction understands the devastating effects that hail damage can have on your home. We also acknowledge the burden placed on you and your family when given the task of filing a claim and dealing with insurance companies to replace damaged roofs and siding. That’s why we work hard to provide a simple solution to restore your damaged property. And most importantly, we work with your insurance company so you don’t have to. 1A Roofing and Construction is a business that builds fair and honest relationships with consumers. Call us today at (817)203-4546!

A: According to NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, “Hail is precipitation that is formed when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freezes into ice. Hailstones grow by colliding with super cooled water drops. The stronger the updraft, the larger the hailstone can grow.” Large hail and strong winds can cause damage to your home or business’ roofing, siding, gutters, etc.

Hail damage to asphalt shingles can cause granule loss, puncturing, soft spots or bruising that’s difficult for non-professionals to identify. In some cases, the damage from hail can be strong enough to rupture the reinforcing mat of the roofing shingle, which exposes the underlying fibers (bitumen). Once these fibers are exposed, the roofing shingle’s ability to shed water deteriorates, reducing the life-expectancy of the roof and allowing water to get into the house.

A: Not necessarily. If you ONLY see the water spots or leaks DURING a rain storm accompanied by strong winds, then most likely it is not because of a roof leak. If so, then where are the water spots on the ceiling coming from? This may occur when strong winds blow rain through roof vents, which are not completely sealed for its purpose of serving as an exhaust, i.e. water heater vent, dryer vent. In cases like these, our professional roofers at 1-A Roofing and Construction will determine if this is the case, by checking your roof for damage as well as your attic for water penetration. If no roof damage is found, then most likely the water is entering your house through the roof vents. Another possible scenario is when your roof is subjected to strong winds with ice or snow. Step out and look at your roof. If your house design has a pocket on your roof – where there is a wall next to another lower level of roof – this pocket is an area where strong winds can blow and start to pack ice or snow on your roof. Once the ice or snow builds up on your roof in that pocket and it starts to melt, the strong winds will push water through the bottom of the wall next to it. This frequently occurs if you have a wood siding on that wall. In either case, it is best to call us at 1A Roofing and Construction so we can help you determine the best solution to your structural needs.

A: Every roof has its own lifespan. A roof’s lifespan is determined by the kind of material it is made of, the thickness of the shingles, proper installation techniques, and how much it is subjected to weather conditions and extreme temperatures. 

A traditional asphalt shingle roof lasts about 12 to 20 years. Metal roofs last about 40 to 70 years, while tile roofs may last up to 50 years. 

If you have a traditional asphalt shingle roof that is more than 20 years old, then it may be time to have your roof replaced even if it does not show any of the signs that your roof is failing.

A: In Texas, we experience extremely high heat in the summer. This causes roof shingles to bake more under severely high temperatures. This in turn causes roof shingles to lose shingle granules faster. This is another reason why you need to have a professional expert roofer from 1A Roofing and Construction to come and check your roof regularly, especially during the summer, if you start to see roof shingles granules in places other than your roof.

A: The following are signs that your roof may be failing: missing shingles, loose shingles, evident sagging, interior water damage, folded or dented shingles, curled, cracked or blistered shingles, shingles with holes, granules in your gutters or on the ground, missing or damaged flashing.

A professional and trustworthy roofing specialist needs to inspect your roof to assess the cause and extent of your roof damage and will then give you the appropriate recommendations of getting a roof repair or an entire roof replacement.

A: Depending on your homeowner’s insurance, most of them usually cover structural damage that is caused by hail, wind, or fallen trees, among others. The particulars of your coverage will be specified in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Such structural damage coverage may include roof repair or replacement. It is important to note that your policy may require you to pay a deductible in making a roof insurance claim.

In addition to that, when you choose to file a roofing claim with your insurance company, you may see the terms: Replacement Cost Value (RCV) and Actual Cash Value (ACV) on your roofing claims report. Depending on your specific insurance policy, you may receive more or less coverage for your property’s damages. In the event of a loss your insurance company will either pay you the Replacement Cost Value (RCV), which is the replacement cost of the damaged items on your property, or the Actual Cash Value (ACV) which is equal to the replacement cost of the damaged items minus depreciation and your deductible. Once you replace the items or complete the repairs your insurance company will pay you the depreciated amount.

It is best to call us at 1A Roofing and Construction to have one of our roofing specialists first inspect your roof to assess if you have extensive roof damage that will merit making a roof insurance claim. If it is determined that you do have enough hail damage, we will then walk you through the entire process of making an insurance claim. If your insurance claim is approved, we will discuss with you the next steps in how to get your roof replaced and move forward with the actual work needed to complete the roof replacement. We at 1A Roofing and Construction have many years of experience in dealing with insurance companies and have successfully installed high quality roofs for local homeowners.

A: If you have hail or wind damage, you shouldn’t be afraid to file a claim for your roof. Your insurer cannot cancel your policy due to storm damage and cannot raise your rates on the basis of your individual storm damage claim. Be aware, however, that insurance rates in your area can fluctuate whether or not you file a claim, so it is best to find a legitimate roofing contractor to help you with your roof claim when a hailstorm strikes.

A: You will quickly learn that after every major hail storm in your area, fly-by-night roofers will come and knock at your door and offer to change your roof with all sorts of guarantees and promises. Be very careful. Make sure to do your research on those roofing companies before you make your decision. Many of them come from out of town. So if you happen to have roofing issues in the future, you will have difficulty reaching them to make a claim on their warranties for those roofing issues to be addressed. It is always best to hire a local, trusted, roofing company like 1A Roofing and Construction that is insured, established, and known to deliver high quality roofing work with excellent customer service.

1A Roofing and Construction understands the devastating effects that hail damage can have on your home. We also acknowledge the burden placed on you and your family when given the task of filing a claim and dealing with insurance companies to replace damaged roofs and siding. That’s why we work hard to provide a simple solution to restore your damaged property. And most importantly, we work with your insurance company so you don’t have to. 1A Roofing and Construction is a business that builds fair and honest relationships with consumers. Call us today at (817)203-4546!

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