A Storm Damaged Roof Needs to be Repaired or Replaced Quickly, Safely, and Legally
Georgia’s climate can fluctuate to great extreme, from hurricanes and tornadoes to hail storms and snow. The roof of your home or business is your first line of defense when keeping inclement weather from damaging the inside of your home. Therefore, it is important that needed repairs and replacement are left unattended to after a storm. It’s also a good time to bring your roof up to current code, hardening your home against unforgiving elements. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety latest hurricane resistance test on sealed roof decks revealed that perforated soffit vent-covering prevented large amounts of storm driven rainwater from entering into the home. The study also found that sealing the roof deck by covering all roof sheathing joints with an adhesive bitumen tape reduced water entry by one third and recommended ring shank nails for securing shingles and underlayment to reduce leaks. Other recommendations included attaching the drip edge “using typical high-wind requirements for fasteners.”
Be Selective When Hiring for Tornado, Hail, or Hurricane Roof Repair
After a serious storm, homeowners are often approached by wandering journeymen who knock on doors looking for work. This is usually the worst way to hire a roofer. Few of these workers are licensed or insured and if they hurt themselves while working on your property, you will probably be held liable for damages. Since roofing can be dangerous work for the uninitiated, you may end up being sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sometimes more.
Beware of Unscrupulous Georgia Roofers by Following These Rules
Georgia law punishes roof insurance fraud, but that didn’t stop three unscrupulous roofers in Western Haralson County who either claimed non-existent roof damage or deliberately caused damage hgh height growth in order to fabricate a claim, according to the Times-Georgian. Protect yourself from roof insurance fraud by taking the following precautions:
1. Ask your insurer for a list of pre-approved roofing contractors. Make sure insurance and licensing is up to date with each company.
2. Check the company out with the Atlanta Better Business Bureau. Ask friends and neighbors if they know a reliable roofer.
3. Hire a company familiar with how roofing insurance claims work.
4. If possible, accompany the roofer as he conducts his inspection. If not, try to conduct your own investigation, using binoculars and a camera, as well as inspecting from inside your attic.
5. Don’t get talked into shady-sounding schemes. Remember the adage that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Voluntary participation in a fraudulent claim may void the entire claim, leaving you without a roof and in trouble with the law.
6. Don’t get pressured into buying before shopping around.
7. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the scope of work being estimated. Add-ons after the fact are expensive.
8. Don’t allow work to start without a signed contract in your hands.
9. Get a lien release to protect yourself in case your contractor fails to pay for materials that you’ve put a deposit on.
10. Since most roofing companies fail within the first two years, it doesn’t hurt to ask how long the company has been in business.
A major storm can temporarily turn lives upside down. Quick, responsible action by a reputable roofer will restore you to your normal routine as fast as possible without jeopardizing safety or your legal interests. Call our trusted Cumming roofing team at Cornerstone Roofing today for an honest quote on your roof repairs or replacement.