Winter Is Coming!

 

Winter is coming whether we like it or not, and it is imperative that you make sure you do not have storm damage before it’s here.  Below we will explain why and how this can impact your roof if you do have hail damage.

 

 

First, we need to understand what happens when hail hits your roof and how it can cause serious damage.

Take a look at the picture above.  Once the hail hits your shingle it forms a dent and it can also crack the shingle all the way through.  The granules on the top of the shingle are used to protect the mat; and they have now been damaged, taken off or pushed down.  No matter what, the shingle has lost its protection and it’s integrity has been compromised. Over time, water will continue to work its way down and eventually leak into your home.  A lot of times homeowners will not know this is happening until it finally makes its way to your ceiling- causing stains and discoloration.

So why is it so important to find this before winter?  We have had record-breaking rain this past summer which can cause the leaks to worsen much quicker and create damage in your home at faster rates.  When the cold winter temperatures come, it will cause that water that is getting in to freeze. We all know when water freezes it expands, so look at the picture above and think about what that would look like.  Inside that crack, the water will freeze and expand causing a larger hole for more water to enter and potentially cause more damage when it warms up.

R.L. Groves and Sons offers FREE exterior home inspections.  We will send a company representative out to your home and look over the entire exterior.  At that point we can give you piece of mind- your home is not damaged and you will be fine for the upcoming winter months, or you do have damage that we need to have taken care of before it could get worse.

For your FREE exterior home inspection, please call (717) 420-2154 or you can fill out our contact us form on our website.

 

Hail damage picture from www.nachi.org.

Why Choose R.L. Groves & Sons?

There are many construction companies out there.  Choosing who to trust with your home can be a difficult decision, but here is why you can feel confident in going with R.L. Groves & Sons.

When choosing the right contractor for your roofing project, proper licensing and an impeccable reputation in the industry, as well as in the community, are very important. The right combination of expertise and experience will also ensure the best service you can get for your home improvement investment.  So how can you tell that R.L. Groves has all of that?  Simple.  We’re GAF Master Elite.  We have won the 2018 GAF Double Excellence Award for Consumer Protection Excellence and Training Excellence.  Go and check out our reviews!  We have excellent reviews on Angie’s List, BBB, Facebook and Google.

Being a certified roofer simply means the company has been trained to install a particular product. A GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, on the other hand, means that we have gone through a strict screening process and have been trained by GAF, the leading roof manufacturer in North America, to ensure proper handling and installation of GAF’s quality products.

Why do we use GAF? They are the nations leading roofing manufacturer in North America.  GAF has more homes and businesses in the U.S. that are protected by their roofing system than any other roofing manufacturer.  GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.  GAF makes all of their materials right in their own plants, and even mine their own granules.  The warranties offered are some of the best in the business and truly protect their customers!

So rest easy knowing that you have a Master Elite contractor on your side that will do everything in their power to provide excellent customer service backed by the highest quality installation and products.

Eight Tips For Finding A Trustworthy Storm Roof Contractor

It can be very difficult to figure out which contractor to use when you have storm damage- especially when your neighborhood is inundated with door knockers and flyers from 10 different companies.

Recently, Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks from Pasadena Voice explained eight tips for finding a trustworthy storm damage contractor.  

After a storm, it’s important to perform any necessary roofing repairs quickly to help protect your home from further damage.

But that doesn’t mean you should choose the first contractor who knocks on your door. Finding one who is trustworthy, honest and professional will make all the difference in protecting your roof investment. These eight tips will help protect you, your home and your wallet.

1. Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointment when you choose a contractor from your community who is likely to be familiar with local rules and codes and who has a relationship with area crews and suppliers.

2. Look for manufacturer designations. The contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified for handling certain companies’ products. For example, look for a company that is designated as a Master Elite contractor, because GAF is strict about who can handle its product line, and these are usually high-quality and dependable roofing contractors.

3. Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. Check that the roofing contractor has an A+ BBB rating.

4. Get an extensive warranty. Most manufactures will cover the workmanship warranty for factory-trained installers if the chosen contractor is no longer in business. Without a workmanship warranty, you might be on the hook for mistakes that show up years later.

5. Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation.

6. Pay your deductible. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay their deductible to the contractor once contract is agreed upon. This should be the only cost to the homeowner unless they decide to upgrade any products.

7. Resist pressure. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.

8. Ask about material choices. The style and color of the shingle you install can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, consider upgrading to a style that better suits your taste. Knowledge is power.

 

 

 

 

 

Article written by  Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks; Pasadena Voice.
http://www.pasadenavoice.com/community/eight-tips-finding-trustworthy-storm-roof-contractor