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Getting Back to Normal After Storm Damage

broken shingles on a roof

Once the storm has passed

If you have ever experienced roof storm damage here in Atlanta, you know what it is like to deal with the aftermath. There is so much to be done, some of it is urgent, some isn’t, and the concerns are as endless as the questions. The biggest question of all and the most important is “What to do after storm damage to your home?”. 

If there is storm damage on home, it will feel like the world has turned upside down and wrong side out. Observing the destruction left behind, especially roof storm damage, can be overwhelming. It isn’t unusual for homeowners to be unsure what steps to take, so we offer 5 steps that can help you navigate through the chaos: 

1) Be alert and safe

Serious injuries are waiting to happen among the destruction after any storm. Your first step should be to make sure everyone in your home is safe and take the steps needed to keep them safe. Watch for downed power lines, broken glass, and debris from roof storm damage and other types of damage. If there is gas smell, shut it off and call the gas company and 911 immediately. 

2)  Assess damage on home and take pictures 

After everyone is safe and accounted for, walk around your home, and access the damage. Take notes and pictures before you call a contractor or your insurance company. As you inspect your home, check these things on the exterior and interior: 

  • The Roof. Check for holes and leaks in the roof, dented downspouts, gutters, and vents, leaning chimneys. 
  • The Siding. Check for damaged and missing siding. High winds and heavy rain can damage and loosen and tear off siding. 
  • Doors and Windows. The wind will blow debris around and through windows and doors, taking doors off their hinges. 
  • Your Appliances. There can be electrical and water damage, including the HVAC exterior portion and window units..
  • Flooded Basement. Check the basement or crawlspace for flooding. 
  • Fire and Moisture. Electrical and water damage can result from storm damage. 

Be sure to take notes and pictures of all the damage you find, including personal content and any detached structures that are covered on your homeowner’s policy. 

3) Call the insurance company 

After you have assessed everything and have pictures of all the exterior and interior damage including roof storm damage, call your agent or the company emergency claim line. They will ask questions, this is where your notes will come in handy, and then provide you a list of what will take place.  Make notes of what they tell you, get the person’s name and direct dial or extension. 

4) Prevent further damage 

Now, you need to do what you can to keep any further damage from happening if you can do this safely. Cover up all the broken windows and doors with plywood and tarps. Cover any roof storm damage with tarps and wood. Call a roofing contractor for assistance if you can’t do this yourself.  If your home is unsafe, stay with family, friends, or in a hotel until you can get your home livable. 

5) Be organized and save receipts

Good thorough documentation is key when you start filing insurance claims. Make copies of all receipts so that you can be reimbursed. If you haven’t already, get familiar with your homeowner’s policy. The  three scenarios your homeowner’s insurance should cover are:

  • Weather damage
  • Non-weather events
  • Sudden/accidental events
shingle roofing in need of repair

What if you’re a renter and not a homeowner? 

Hopefully, you renter’s insurance!  Then you need to follow the same steps we have outlined here for a homeowner, with a few exclusions.  A rental home damage checklist for storm damage won’t include the exterior damage, that will be the property owner’s responsibility, unless your landlord is out of town. A landlord or property management should have provided you contact information in case of an emergency, reference your lease for steps you should take for property damage, including any roof storm damage.

Is storm damage covered by homeowners insurance?

Every homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policy different, but the following are common guidelines for property and roof storm damage losses: 

  • Hail, Wind, Fallen Trees

Roof storm damage caused by hail and wind, hard rains, heavy snow, for tree limbs and trees are largely covered by homeowner insurance policies. There may be  limited tree removal coverage as well, if the tree landed on your home, not in the yard. 

  • Lightning Roof Storm Damage 

Lightning strike that causes roof storm damage will typically be covered on most homeowner’s insurance policies. Any appliance and electronic damage caused by power surges are normally covered if the power surge was caused by a lightning strike. Any power surge that is from electrical issues off of your property won’t usually be covered unless you have a expansion rider added to your policy. 

  • Flood, Ice, and Water Damage

Water damage from heavy rains is typically covered as well as hailstones and ice roof storm damage and other property damage. There are limitations to water damage based on what caused the water damage. 

What is not covered under homeowners insurance?

Each policy will vary, but most will not cover the following:

  • Insect damage
  • Termite damage
  • Bird damage 
  • Rodent damage

General wear on a home, any mold, rot, or rust within your home will not be covered. Any damage from agricultural or industrial  operations caused by smog or smoke is not covered. Any damage from poor construction or defects within a house that was covered up will not be covered. 

Does homeowners insurance cover driveway damage?

It will depend on how and what damage was done.  Driveways are usually covered under structure coverage for most homeowner’s insurance policies that provide financial loss coverage. Again, every policy is different, and it is important to get familiar with your policy ahead of needing it so you know how to approach your claim filing and if you need to upgrade your coverage.

Before your experience any property or roof storm damage, you need to ask yourself, “How can I protect my home from storms?” and then do the research, including asking your insurance company how to protect your home from storm damage. Some things you can do in the meantime are: 

  1. Keep your roof repaired and cleaned
  2. Keep the siding repaired and cleaned
  3. Keep the gutters and downspouts clean and repair as needed
  4. Make sure your sump pump is working 
  5. Keep the sealant on doors and windows in good condition
  6. Make sure all fences are in good condition
  7. Keep trees trimmed back from the house

Need help after the storm? Colony Roofers is here for you. Call us today at (678) 365-3138 for your roof storm damage repair in Atlanta, GA.

Why gutter installation is important

gutters along a roof

So, can you do your own gutter installation? 

Your house doesn’t have gutters, and you realize the importance of having gutters. So, do you have to hire somebody to do a gutter installation? Or your wondering, “Can I install gutters myself?” The answer to that is yes, but it may not be as easy as you think. You can purchase the pieces you need, and it will come with gutter installation instruction, but there are some questions you’ll still have. It is those questions that we’re going to try to answer here. 

Downspouts and rain gutters collect rainwater and carry it out and away from your home. Without a gutter system, that rainwater will erode the soil and seep into the foundation, splash, and splatter dirt on the siding. In time, the rainwater seeping into the foundation will make its way into the basement or the crawlspace.

Typically, homeowners have their gutter installation done by professionals, but if you’re decent with basic tools and don’t have problem with heights, you can your own gutter installation. You’ll find the materials and accessories you’ll need at your local home improvement center, a lumberyard, or a local roofing-supply firm. 

Here, we are going to provide basic gutter installation steps, but your gutter system will likely come with the manufacturer’s instructions too. Before you start the following steps, check for rot along the fascia and make any repairs needed. It is easier to do it now then later.  

1. The Chalk Lines

  • Starting at the gutter run’s highest point, mark the fascia 1-¼ inches down from the metal drip-edge flashing.
  • At the fascia’s other, mark the low end, remembering that the slope should be half an inch for every ten feet of gutter run.
  • Between these two point, snap the chalk line.

2. Install the fascia brackets

  • Pinpoint the rafter tails locate behind the fascia; usually found on 16” centers and recognized by the nail heads.
  • Along the chalk line, mark every other rafter tail.
  • Make a pilot hole ⅛” in diameter through the fascia, into the marked rafter tail.
  • Using quarter inch stainless steel lag screws, fasten the fascia brackets sot the screws are in two inches.  Stick each lag screw in a bar of soap to make them go in the fascia board and rafter tails easier.

3. Cut the  gutter to length

  • Cut the gutter sections to length using a hacksaw or a 12-inch power miter saw.
  • For a gutter installation that goes around a corner, cut a 45 degree angle on that corner end. 
  • If there are two sections of run in your gutter installation, overlap the two pieces by 8 inches and connect together on the bottom side with self-tapping, 3/8” long stainless steel screws. 

4. Install the end caps

  • At the square-cut end of the gutter run, attach  an end cap using aluminum pop rivets. 
  • Hold the end cap with a single sheet metal screw temporarily, then drill a hole that is 1/8” in diameter and install a pop rivet.
  • Use a pop rivet to replace the temporary screw.
  • Use a silicone caulk to seal the rivets and the end-cap seams. 

5. Cut holes for downspout

  • Your gutter installation kit probably came with a downspout outlet to trace the location for the downspout on the lower end of the gutter by running the gutter upside down with the outlet on top.
  • Trace inside the outlet mark where downspout will go on the gutter.
  • Drill a quarter inch in diameter hole in the center of the outline.
  • Turn the gutter over and with a 4” hole saw, cut the downspout hole.

How do you attach gutters?

The next step will guide you on how to install the gutter runs: 

  • Place the gutter run in the brackets that are fastened to the fascia.
  • Turn the gutter upward so the back edge slips in the hooks at the bracket tops.
  • Drill a hole3/15” size through the bracket screw-mounting hole in the gutter front edge.
  • Secure the gutter run to the bracket with a 1” inch long stainless steel machine screw with a flanged nut.

Form strip-miter joint 

  • Cover the joint between gutter run lengths at each corner with a 3” wide strip of aluminum.
  • Wrap the strip tight around the gutter underside and secure it with 8 sheet-metal screws.
  • From the top, cut a triangular section the strip and fold down the two flaps around the gutter top edge.
  • Caulk these joints with siliconized caulk to waterproof.

Finishing Up 

Connect the downspouts to gutter by securing to the gutter with screws and connect the downspout elbow to the protruding. Connect another elbow to the house and make a piece of downspout fit between the two elbows. With needle nose pliers, crimp the elbow to fit in the downspout and connect all together with screws.

Do you install gutters under drip edge?

It is recommended that your gutter installation with drip edge either behind or under  the drip edge of the roof. With a proper gutter installation below the drip edge, the water could drip behind the gutter run, damaging the fascia and other supporting components.

gutter system on home

How do you seal a gutter joint?

Yes, and you could use any type of caulk that will stick to a clean and dry gutter. However, what you don’t want to use to seal gutter joints is a silicone caulk. While this product will stick to a dry surface and makes a tight water bond when cured, you can’t paint it.  So, what kind of caulk should you use?  Here are three that are recommended for sealing gutter joints once you have completed your gutter installation: 

  • Butyl Rubber Caulk: Butyl rubber caulks are an excellent choice to repair a leaky gutter. It works well in cold and hot temperatures, adhering quickly as it cures and keeps it flexibility. 
  • Polymer Based Caulk: A professionally used caulking compounds, this is an excellent choice to repair leaking gutters and for a new gutter installation. Choose a tri-polymer caulk that is a hybrid polymer formula without any solvents. It won’t shrink while curing, works good on aluminum or PVC gutter systems. 
  • Urethane Based Caulk: This contractor grade caulk is an excellent choice to repair your gutter system, using a composite of polyurethane and urethane instead of silicone but has the qualities that silicone caulk offers. Qualities like flexibility, long lasting, quick curing, and UV resistant. 

Why does water leak behind my gutters?

If there is water dripping behind your gutter runs,  this typically indicates the gutter installation was done in correctly. Meaning, there isn’t a gutter apron installed and bent over the backside of the gutter and tucked under the shingles. 

Okay, maybe after reading this, you’ve given it some thought and perhaps hiring a professional for your gutter installation is the better plan.  So, do roofers install gutters? Yes, a roofer can do a professional gutter installation, however, they do not repair gutters. There are companies that do both, gutter installation and repairs. Need gutter installation in Atlanta, GA? Call (678) 365-3138 today.

Can you coat a metal roof?

metal roofing system

What is the best coating for metal roof?        

For a large structure like a commercial or industrial business, metal roofing is commonplace. While metal roofing is durable and long lasting, it needs a metal roof coating. What is the purpose of metal roof coating is a metal roof is durable on its own? 

Metal roof coating and sealer add layers of protection to a metal roof, eliminating the possibility of  leaks and make it rust preventive. Metal roof coating is an innovative way to make a metal roof more energy efficient, a utility bill cost cutter.

You’ll get the best deal from a metal roof coating when its applied as soon as it starts to age. Early bird get the worm and early metal roof coating gets a longer life. When you ignore small things like aging, your roof will develop more problems that could end up costing more money, as much as four times more. 

So, how do you choose the metal roof coating for your commercial building’s metal roof? There are roof conditions like leaking seams, flashing, or rust that will require a specialized roof product prior to the metal roof coating. There isn’t a commercial roof that doesn’t have some physical issue, so you’ll need to take those of your metal roof in consideration before choosing a metal roof coating. 

Fortunately, there is an organization, ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) that has developed national testing procedures stands of elastomeric metal roof coatings. With this set of standards, commercial structure owners are able to evaluate the different metal roof coatings and compare them to the physical issues of their roof. 

The ASTM standards for testing include the following characteristics: 

  • Elasticity
  • Tensile strength
  • Perm factor
  • Moisture gain by weight
  • Peel adhesion
  • Tear resistance

It is the opinion for this organization that the importance of those characteristics is equal for evaluating a metal roof coating. With this being said, elastomeric metal roof coating is a liquid applied with brushes and rollers, offering a commercial metal roof several benefits that paint can’t: 

  • A Longer Life: Elastomeric flat metal roof coating is a seamless layer over the entire roof, providing a lifelong protection from the elements. A metal roof life is extended by as many as twenty years with this metal roof coating. 
  • Energy Efficiency: Urban heat island is a major concern today and with metal roof coating, the UV ray heat absorption can be minimized. A white metal roof coating reflects the sun and solar heat, keeping the building’s interior cooler, which eases the strain and use of the HVAC cooling system
  • Protection from the Elements: Elastomeric flat metal roof coating is solid application that is durable in high winds because it can’t be lifted and ripped off by the seams. Because it can be applied in various thicknesses, it is another layer of protection to the roof, the building, and the contents. 
  • Easy Maintenance and Repair: Repairing an elastomeric flat metal roof coating is done simply by reapplying the coating over the damaged areas. This eliminates the need to tear off old roofing, making it a more sustainable roofing practice. A bonus is a smaller crew is needed and the job is done quicker than a new roof installation. 

Does roof coating stop leaks?

Yes, using a metal roof coating to stop leaks is a general practice in commercial roofing. It seals up cracks and small holes, stopping any existing roof leaks and preventing any future leaks. Coating the entire roof eliminates the need to inspect the roof and mark every leak.  

Do roof sealers work?

Absolutely and in several different ways they provide a metal roof benefits you wouldn’t want to be without. A basic rundown list of those benefits are: 

  • Waterproofing
  •  UV Protection
  • Added Fire-Resistance 
  • Mold Prevention
  • Minimize Heated Roof
  • Reduce Cooling Costs

How do you seal coat a metal roof?

The roof us thoroughly cleaned and any repairs are done first to assure the sealant adheres. A metal roof sealant comes in 5-gallon buckets and the liquid material is applied by rollers after the metal roofing base coat is applied.  

green metal roof

How do you restore a metal roof?

To successfully restore a metal roof, the preparation and cleaning must be thorough before the restoration begins. Five tips for that preparation are:

  1. Remove rust with acid etching, sand blasting, or a wire brush.
  2. Clean the roof surface with a rust and oxide remover combination product and rinse thoroughly with clear water. The entire roof should be power washed and scrubbed. 
  3. Tighten and secure all the fasteners, secure the substrates, and replace damaged or missing fasteners and washers.
  4. Seal the exposed fastener heads and roofing seams that are 1/8” or wider. 
  5. Brush or power blow prior to applying the sealant to remove dirt, dust, etc. 

A metal roof is one of the most durable roofs a commercial structure can  have in most cases.  With a metal roof coating, it becomes more durable, lasting longer and providing an energy saving layer to a roof that is already energy saving on its own. Want a metal roof coating in Atlanta, GA? Call (678) 365-3138 today.

What are metal roof tiles made of?

metal tile roofing system

Which is better metal or tile roof?             

We’ve all seen the metal roof on old barns and now that metal roof styling has made its way to homes, but with more appeal than rusted barn roofing.  Now, we have metal tile roofs!  Is that roofing shingles made of metal? If so, what are metal roof tiles made of?

Metal roof tiles are made from standard 26 gauge steel that has a stucco embossed finish that is stamped at the factory. It comes in rolls from metal roof tile manufacturers and has an acrylic coated galvalume finish. This panelized metal roof tile looks like ceramic tiles but is easier to install in  a vertical position with screw fasteners securing it to the house. One panel of metal tile roof material will cover the same are it takes eighty individual ceramic tiles, making the install faster.  

The first line of defense for your home is the roof. It is the roof that protects your belongings and your family from the elements like the scorching sun, hailstorms, and heavy rains. Which roofing material you choose, whether it is asphalt shingles, metal roof vs tile, will make a big difference in that level of protection and your comfort. 

While it is a matter of personal preference, there are factors between these roofing materials that must be considered. Those factors include your home’s location and the climate of that location, your budget, and your home’s architectural style. If you have narrowed down your choice between metal roofing or tile roofing, here are the pros and cons you need to account for in your decision process: 

  • Durability and Resistance: Concrete tile has a lifespan expectancy of 50 years versus metal roofing’s lifespan up to 45 years. Concrete tiles withstand the tough weather elements. Metal roofing is affected by environmental conditions resulting in rust. Metal roofing will dent versus concrete tile won’t. 
  • Energy Efficiency: Both concrete tile and metal roof energy efficiency with concrete tile outperforming metal with better control over internal temperature.  
  • Design and Style: Ceramic tile and metal roofing have both evolved over the years, but metal roofing has an advantage of a better fit with every architectural style. The design choice can impact a home’s aesthetic appeal and the resale value. The cost of a metal roofing has a 90% return of investment.
  • Maintenance: Metal roofing tends to dull over time where concrete tile maintains its appearance. Metal roofing can be challenging to repair if replacement pieces are needed because of that color change. 
  • Cost: Metal roofing should only be installed by a contractor with experience, skills, and technical expertise in using a metal roof tile cutter. Because of the specialty required of metal roofing, the cost of installation is higher. 

Can I walk on metal roof?

A myth came to be when someone said metal roofing could not be walked on because, in reality, yes, you can walk on a metal roof. You simply need to know how and that will depend on what type of metal roofing. In the case of a metal tile roof, you should only walk on the low spots that are close to the roof decking.

The truth about walking on a metal roof, it will hold up better under than a ceramic tile roof. In fact, even an asphalt shingled roofing can be damaged with too much foot traffic over a period of time. For the 50 year expected lifespan of a metal tile roof, it is safe for foot traffic when following the advice given above. 

Are metal roofs noisy?

The claim that a metal tile roof is going to be noisy is nothing more than a mislead rumor. The metal roofs that we all remember being noisy, on that old barn at grandpa’s farm, is because the metal sheets were installed right on the rafters. There was decking, felt, or any of the other materials used today with metal tile roofing. With a strong sheathing installed between the metal tile roof material and existing roofing surface, then adding insulation in the attic, the noise factor is reduced. 

What is the longest lasting roofing material?

Experts will tell you that a slate roof is the longest lasting material for roofing that you can have. A lifespan expectancy of 150 years or more, it can be the roof to give your home generations of protection. However, because of many drawbacks, expense being one of them, metal tile roofing is the next longest lasting material with a lifespan of 80 years with proper care and maintenance. 

red metal roof tile

And The Most Important Question: 

When it comes to roofing your home, you want it to look good, last forever, and fit the budget,. So, how much is a metal tile roof? The basic level of materials for a metal tile roof can cost as little as $600 with installation costing up to $360 per square foot. With a higher end of metal tile roof materials, the materials can cost up to $1080 per square foot and installation cost of $540 per square foot.

Keep in mind that while metal tile roofing is one of the most expensive roofing materials, you most likely won’t have to replace the roof again for as long as you live in the house, even if that is 80 years. Call (678) 365-3138 today for metal tile roofing installation in Atlanta, GA.

Repair or Replace Roof Shingles?

roof repair or installation on asphalt roof

Learn More About Shingles

It’s important to have your property up to date with roofing materials in good condition. In order to protect your home from problems such as leaks, asphalt shingle roof repair will need to be done in a timely manner in order to avoid problems from worsening into replacements. If you’d like to learn more about asphalt shingle roof repair make sure to contact your local qualified roofing company. Until then, here is some general background information regarding asphalt shingle roof repair that may be useful to you in the future.

Should I call insurance or roofer first?

If you’re in need of asphalt shingle roof repair it may be a good idea to contact your insurance company as they may be able to cover the cost of repairs. In some cases, however, if they don’t pay then this claim can increase your insurance policy premium. Get an idea of what should be done by doing your research or speaking with a roofing company to see what can be done with your roof. 

Does insurance cover blown shingles?

Homeowners’ insurance will typically cover asphalt shingle roof repair if damages were done from inclement weather or in situations beyond your control. With blown shingles, this is such a case however if you let your roof sit for a while and did not fix the issue then any resulting damages like water exposing underlayment to rain result in water damages would not be covered.  

What roof damage is covered by insurance?

Homeowners’ insurance will cover vandalism, fires, “acts of God” such as tornadoes and hurricanes, and other forms of inclement weather. Rain, wind, and hail damages being covered will be dependent on the policy you hold and your roof’s age. Some may have hail exclusions for example and a roof that’s 10 years old and damaged will likely get full replacements covered.  

Should I file a claim for roof damage?

If you’re looking to repair your roof it will typically be a good idea to file a claim before repairing a roof. Your insurance will likely require you to get an approved roofing contractor and get a roof inspection to support your claim. In some cases, your insurance may decide that a roof replacement will be better than a repair.

How do I know if my roof shingles are bad?

In order to tell if an asphalt shingle roof repair or replacement will need to be made from shingles that are in poor condition if to get a roof inspection. By observing your roof you can also get a good idea as to what is going on. You may see missing, balding, or otherwise damaged shingles. Craking, curling, and wavy edges for example are all signs that repairs need to be made as these conditions are irreversible.

Сlose up view of asphalt shingles roof damage that needs repair.

What are the signs that you need a new roof?

  • Cracked, broken, or missing shingles
  • Balding or missing granules.
  • Curled or wavy edges.
  • Visible signs of aging.
  • Algae/dark stains.
  • Moss growing.

How long does an asphalt shingle roof last?

An asphalt shingle roof can last anywhere from 15-25 years dependent on maintenance, weather conditions, and other factors. According to the NAHB, fiber cement shingles can last about 25 years while asphalt shingle/composition roofs last around 20. 

When should asphalt shingles be replaced?

An asphalt shingle roof replacement should occur around 20-25 years. You may be able to avoid the removal of old shingles by adding a second layer of shingles over the first. This will depend on the region where you live as some will have codes that don’t allow for it. As such, if your roof has undergone severe damages or needs repairs in multiple areas of the roof a roof replacement is recommended. 

Will roof leak with one shingle missing?

If that shingle lies above a torn seam your shingle will leak even with just one missing shingle. Even with one missing shingle, you may require asphalt shingle roof repair to avoid a leak. That’s because leaving a single shingle unattended can expose flashing and underlayment, over time (and especially with heavy rain) problems can worsen.

How do you waterproof a shingle roof?

You may be able to waterproof asphalt shingles with your own DIY asphalt shingle roof repair or by a professional by obtaining acrylic asphalt sealant and adding a protective layer to the shingles to keep them safe from water damages.

Contact a Professional Roofer About Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair 

If you find that your property may need asphalt shingle roof repair or would like to know what services should be done, contact your local roofer. Only a professional will be able to conduct a roof inspection to properly analyze roof conditions and problems. You’ll then be matched with the right roofing service which will strengthen your roof and protect it from the elements. Speak with a well-established roofing company today for more information and guidance. 

Get assistance with asphalt shingle roof repair in Atlanta, GA by calling (678) 365-3138 with the experts at Colony Roofers today!

How Does Cool Roofing Work?

cool roofing

Keeping your property cool

With all the concerns about environmentally friendly structures and utilities, cool roofing has become a fast growing sector for commercial structures. What is cool roofing? This is roofing that is designed with the ability to minimize the absorption of heat from the sun’s UV rays.  

Cool roofing is made with either white or light colored reflective products that are similar to a thick paint. This coating provides the existing roof and structure protection against chemicals,  ultra-violet rays, and limited  water protection.  So, is cool roofing good? Yes, there several benefits of having cool roofing installed on a commercial structure, and more owners are realizing those benefits every year. Some of the benefits of cool roofing are: 

  • Save on utility bills with reduced air conditioning use.
  • Minimal maintenance required with cool roofing
  • Cool roofing extends the lifespan of the roof. 
  • Indoor comfort is improved with better temperature inside.
  • Reduced contribution to heat island effect.
  • Reduced contribution to air pollution.
  • Reduce waste in landfills.

What does a cool roof do?

The roof on a commercial structure is typically a flat, horizontal surface that receives as much as 1000 watts of sunlight on a summer day at noon. A dark roof absorbs that sunlight and transfers the heat into the structure, making the air conditioning work harder, using more electricity. A cool roofing application does the opposite. 

How does cool roofing work?

Cool roofing reflects the sun’s heat back into the atmosphere, away from the building, keeping it cool. There are two properties involved in this process that are measured using 0 to 1 with the higher the number, the better the job it does: 

  • Thermal emittance – the ability to radiate heat
  • Solar reflectance – solar energy the roof reflects

What is the coolest roofing material?

To be a facilities manager of a commercial structure,  you sometimes have to take crash courses in certain things, like cool roofing. Take a moment to review the following types of roofing for commercial structure now so that you can be the informed one when the time comes. 

First, you should realize there are two roof types: low slope and steep slope. Commercial structures are generally large square footage, and a low slope is the common roof type. The have the slight slope to aid in draining. The roofing materials commonly used on commercial structures are: 

Single Ply Membrane:  These is a mixture of the alphabet when discussing roofing membrane types. EPDM and PVC are the more commonly used roofing materials in this category.  Considerations for this type of roofing: 

  • Different substances are used with the different membrane types to get the  desired physical properties.
  • Applied as one layer. 
  • A flexible and UV-resistant product. 
  • Normally not compatible with other materials used on roofing systems.

Modified Bitumen: Usually an asphalt and polymer modifier combination that includes foil laminate or granules or additional protection. Considerations for this type of roofing:

  • Multiple layers that includes base sheets, modified bitumen, and surfacing.
  • A durable and flexible product. 
  • Requires welding, creating a fire risk.
  • VOC-free versions.
  • Cool and reflective colors available
     

BUR: This built up roofing has either asphalt or tar alternating layers with a reinforcing fabric. A  durable roof coating because the multiple layers and can hold up to foot traffic. Considerations for this type of roofing:

  • Multiple plies create a puncture-resistant roof coating.
  • Applies in a continuous layer. 
  • Applied in a heated form and requires dry and warm weather.
  • Creates a strong odor of fumes during installation. 
  • Not a cool roofing material, the asphalt absorbs heat. 

Metal Panel System: this architectural metal panel roofing system is strong and available in several colors. Solar panels can be easily fitted into the roof system.  Considerations for this type of roofing:

  • Long lifespan. 
  • Available in several colors.
  • Allows thermal movement as metal contracts and expands.  
  • Watertight and wind resistant.

Spray Polyurethane: This foam roofing system protect the roof from any damage, a durable material that is perfect for retrofitting an existing roof. Considerations for this type of roofing:

  • Combines spray foam insulation and a protective coating. 
  • Puncture resistant.  
  • Cracks and gaps are filled in during application to existing roof. 
  • Cannot be installed during cold or wet weather. 

What color roof is most energy efficient?

Like residential structures, cool roofing colors for a commercial structure are the lighter in colors. These reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing the heat into the structure. 

flat white roof

Are cool roof shingles worth it?

When comparing cool roofing vs traditional roofing, for homeowners where the summers are hotter and longer, the tax credit they can claim, along with the annual savings definitely makes cool roofing shingles worth the extra cost. For homes where the winters are colder and longer, cool roofing shingles may not be worth the expense, even with the tax credits.

Commercial or Residential – A common Question: How do I cool my roof?, and  there are several options available.

  • Install a roof garden 
  • Paint the terrace a light color
  • Add shade with a canopy, trees, umbrellas
  • Have heat-resistant flooring installed
  • Have solar panels installed

Call (678) 365-3138 today for your cool roofing in Atlanta, GA.

Are metal roofs better?

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Durable metal roof

Metal roofing isn’t just for old barns and storage sheds anymore! Why? Homeowners have discovered the benefits of metal roofing versus asphalt shingled roofing. The benefits they are finding to be worth the expense of metal roofing are: 

  1. The old roof doesn’t have to be torn off before installing metal roofing
  2. Metal roofing is a lighter material
  3. Metal roofing is more energy efficient
  4. Metal roofing has little required maintenance
  5. Metal roofing installation earns a tax credit
  6. Metal roofing is fire resistant and earns insurance discounts
  7. Metal roofing is more durable and weather-resistant than asphalt shingles
  8. Most metal roofing sheets are made from recycled metal and are recyclable at the end of roof life
  9. Metal roofing has a longer warranty than asphalt shingles
  10. Home has a higher resale value with metal roofing because of these benefits

What is the best color for a metal roof?

It surprises most people to find out that metal roofing has unlimited color options today. Gone are the days when the only choices for aluminum, steel, or tin metal roofing were dark gray or reddish-brown.

Copper metal roofing is a material that is a color all its own, including the patina green it acquires as it ages. All colors eventually fade, but copper undergoes the most drastic change as it oxidizes. Over twenty years, the appearance will change significantly.

Some metal roofing factories add color there so that it is baked onto the metal material. Any metal roofing company you choose to work with can explain this to you in more detail and talk to you about painting the roof after it has been installed. Things you want to keep in mind about metal roofing colors are:

  • The pigment: the color or hue.
  • The resin: the surface appearance.
  • The solvent: the evaporating liquid part of the paint.
  • The fading: this relates to the pigment and can change as the elements interact with moisture and UV rays.
  • The chalking: this is the whitish appearance that builds up metal roofing over time. 

Remember, muted tones won’t fade as fast as pure colors on metal roofing. The quality of the paint will determine how quickly the paint fades or becomes chalky, and choosing lighter color reflect the sun and dark color absorb heat. 

Does a metal roof need gutters?

The purpose of gutters is to funnel water off the roof and away from the structure. They prevent damage to the foundation from rain, sleet, or snow, which left to puddle up around the foundation can cause severe damage to the property. So, strictly speaking, no, your metal roofing does not require gutters, but the foundation of your house and the landscaping around will be protected with a gutter system installed. 

Can you walk on a metal roof? 

Have you heard that you cannot walk on metal roofing? Well, whoever told you that was misinformed, because, depending on the style you choose, you can walk on metal roofing. You can walk on metal roofing with a less likely chance of damaging the roof than with ceramic tiles. Repeated foot traffic will cause damage to asphalt roofing before it will metal roofing. Even fifty years down the road, your metal roofing will hold up to foot traffic.            

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What maintenance is required for a metal roof?

Most homeowners choose metal roofing for durability and minimal maintenance features. Where asphalt shingles come loose in the winds and wood shakes split as they age, metal roofing doesn’t damage easy, remaining reliable, steady, and sturdy. 

Metal roofing still needs maintenance and proper care. Here are some tips that experts have told us in metal roofing:

  • Keep Trees Off Metal Roofing: Constant rubbing by tree branches and limbs will damage the finish, loosen the fasteners, and If heavy enough, branches can dent metal roofing. 
  • Keep Debris Cleared Off Metal Roofing: Allowing debris to build up on metal roofing will damage the finish, and as it decomposes, it ruins the finish. Twice a year, using a brush on a long handle with a water hose, clear the debris off, the same time gutter cleaning is done. 
  • Minimize Foot Traffic: Minimize the amount of foot traffic on your metal roofing, but if there is a need for our HVAC technician, an electrician or plumber must access the roof, advise them when you schedule your appointment so they can plan accordingly.  
  • Avoid Mixing Other Metals with Your Metal Roofing: Some types of roofing materials don’t mix well, like aluminum roofing or copper roofing.  
  • Fix or Replace Fasteners: With your monthly metal roofing inspections, if you notice any loose or missing fasteners or screws, tighten, or use the same material to replace them. Make any repairs for holes and separations that you find while taking care of the fasteners.
  • Reseal If Needed: The sealant used on metal roofing will last longer than sealant on other roofing materials, but this needs to be check after each storm or once the snow melts. 

Does having a metal roof lower your insurance?

With most homeowner’s insurance policies, yes, there is a discount for having metal roofing. Before you invest in having a metal roofing installed, check with your agent, and if they don’t offer a discount, or it doesn’t seem to be enough, call around for quotes. 

Metal roofing has had the reputation of being noisy.  With professional installation, metal roofing with insulation today, it as quiet as an asphalt shingle roofing. The benefits of energy efficiency and the style your home will have will be worthwhile. Call (678) 365-3138 today for your metal roofing installation.

How Do Insurance Roof Claims Work?

A Contractor Documents Hail Damage.

How insurance roof claims work

The roof insurance claim process can seem stressful, especially if you are worried about an expensive roof repair or how much it will cost you to replace your roof. As stressful as it may be, the process isn’t quite as complicated as it seems, especially when you have an experienced roofer like Colony Roofers providing help with the claim. In fact, the claim process often begins with you getting an estimate for the repairs from a reputable roofer with insurance experience. 

Once you have an estimate, you can file a claim with your insurance company. The insurance company will weigh various factors when determining exactly what they will pay out on the claim. In many instances, your roof’s age will play a big role in what’s paid out. Any roof that’s over 10 years old might get less coverage than a new roof, if your roof has not been well maintained. Keeping your roof maintained can be a key to good coverage if the time ever comes when you need to file an insurance claim.

What caused the damage will also affect the claim’s status. Insurers only cover damage listed under covered perils. These are events like storms or fires or even vandalism that cause damage out of your control. If your roof repair is necessary because you have neglected to maintain your roof, your claim will probably be denied. Policies will vary and it is best to check with the insurer to find out exactly what is covered in your policy. If you ever need roof insurance claims help in Atlanta, GA, Colony Roofers has years of experience dealing with insurance companies and making sure homeowners get the full benefit of their policies. When you need help with any roofing service, give us a call at (678) 365-3138.

Should I make an insurance claim on my roof?

If you need roof repairs or replacement, you’ll have to take into careful consideration whether to file a claim or not. Frequently filing claims can affect your premiums as well as the amount paid out on a claim. You may even risk getting your policy voided. You should avoid filing a claim if the estimated repair amount doesn’t meet or exceed your deductible, it’s better to pay out of pocket. If the repairs are due to normal wear and tear or lack maintenance on your part, you are better off not filing a claim. Insurers normally only cover damage caused by covered perils such as hail damage. It’s also best not to file a claim if you’ve filed one in the past three years as your insurer might void your policy if you file too many claims in one year, and you might have problems getting insurance elsewhere. 

How do I get my insurance to pay for a new roof?

When your roof’s been damaged after a storm has passed through your area, if the damage is severe enough, you might have to get your roof replacement. This can be an expensive proposition because new roofs can cost as much as or more than a new car. When you file a roof insurance claim, you’ll want to make sure everything is in order so they will cover the full cost of a new roof. Make sure you follow these steps:

  • Know exactly what your policy covers. Read over your policy so you’ll understand everything that’s covered.
  • Before you contact your insurance company, document all the damage. This means getting an estimate from a reputable roofer, but you also want to supplement your documentation as much as possible. For instance, after a hailstorm, if you can, take photos of the hailstones. 
  • Research roofers and hire a reputable company like Colony Roofers. Reputable companies will be licensed and insured and will consistently get good reviews from past customers and from trade organizations or groups like the Better Business Bureau.
  • Make sure you follow all your insurer’s procedures to file a claim and the procedures to take to file an appeal if the claim is denied.

Roof insurance claim denied

Once you’ve submitted a roof insurance claim, there is always the possibility the claim will be denied. There are several reasons for this. Most often your claim will be denied if the repair costs don’t exceed your deductible or the repair isn’t covered under a covered peril—lack maintenance won’t be covered, for instance. If you’ve filed several claims recently, your claim might be denied as well. 

If your claim is denied, you do have a right to appeal the decision. You’ll have to follow procedures set down by your insurer to file an appeal. You may also want to enlist the help of a roofing company like Colony Roofers that has experience dealing with insurance companies. They can help you get the full benefit of your claim.

Can I cancel a roof insurance claim?

For the most part, once you file a roof insurance claim, you cannot cancel it. It can only be canceled before an adjuster is assigned to it. After an adjuster is assigned, even if the adjuster does not show up, or the insurer doesn’t pay out, the claim can’t be canceled.

What do insurance adjusters look for on roofs?

After you file a roof insurance claim, an adjuster will be assigned to it. The adjuster may then come out and inspect your roof to verify the claim. They will be looking for a variety of things from the age of the roof to whether or not it has been properly installed. They are also going to check for the signs of damage reported. They may feel shingles for dents from hail or look for evidence that shingles have been lifted up from wind damage. They are confirming the damage reported to determine what the insurance company will or will not pay for.

How much does insurance go up after new roof?

Insurance coverage for roofs will vary by insurer and even by region. Depending on the circumstances, your insurance premium might go up or it might not if you have a new roof installed. How much it might go up will vary by insurer. If you’ve filed several over the past few years, the premium is likely to go up more than it would if you’ve only filed one claim. In fact, filing one claim might not cause the premium to go up. For more information on choosing your new roof, take a look at Today’s Homeowner.

A Tree That's Fallen on a Roof.

Roofing insurance claims for storm damage

When you’ve had a storm damage your roof and need help with your roof insurance claim in Atlanta, GA you’ll want to get that help from a roofing company with insurance experience. Colony Roofers has years of experience helping homeowners get the full benefit of their claims. To find out how we can help you with your insurance claim, give us a call at (678) 365-3138.