How do I go about getting my roof repaired as a result of storm damage?
Most damages are covered under your homeowners insurance policy. If you call your insurance to file a claim, they will surely want a roofing company to come inspect the damages and make any temporary repairs (tarp the damage). Many homeowners will call a roofing company first, knowing this is a crucial step in the process. We are very experienced with this process and commonly work as intermediary with the insurance company to ensure the process is streamlined and thorough. When the claim is made, they will send an insurance adjuster to your home to evaluate the damage. When Gale Force identifies damages, we always meet the adjuster on site to ensure that no damages are overlooked. Once the damages are verified, the insurance company will provide an estimate. This estimate is somewhat irrelevant to the homeowner since the only cost to the homeowner is that of their deductible. Once the deductible is paid (look out for roofing companies that waive deductibles, this is insurance fraud), Gale Force will schedule the job to be completed at the convenience to the homeowner. Keep in mind, that since our crews never enter your home, you don’t necessarily need to be present during the repair/installation process.
What if my roof is past it’s lifespan or is leaking due to a damages not covered by insurance?
Again, this is where an inspection is needed to verify the necessity for a roof repair/replacement. We will do a thorough evaluation and make sure we are offering the best solution for the problem. We will then provide an estimate to the homeowner. We always suggest getting more than one estimate, just keep in mind that there is a difference between cost and value. The quality of material, they way it is installed, and the skill of labor are variable between each roofing company. If Gale Force is entrusted to provide the roofing solution, we’ll review color options with the homeowner and schedule the project to be completed.
How hard is it to install a roof?
It’s not difficult to install a roof, but oftentimes, diligence is overlooked. We hold our installation teams to an extremely high standard for quality and safety. Below are some common installation errors that we run into.
- Not using the correct starter strip material (some use a 3-tab shingle for this, which doesn’t have the sufficient amount of adhesive)
- Not using chalk lines to ensure uniform shingle installation (which can cause a wave effect on each shingle row)
- Not using enough nails (this is common in Florida since the code requirement is more than other states)
- Not putting the nails in the correct location (this results in a “miss” of the underlying shingle and can cause shingles to lift)
- Nailing too deep (this causes the nail to penetrate the shingle, therefore not providing any adhesion)
- Not nailing deep enough (this means that the nail will not penetrate into the decking far enough to properly adhere the shingle, it will also lift up or poke through the overlying shingle)
- Not adequately installing flashing around roof penetrations- vents, skylights, chimneys, etc. (50 percent of leaks are a result of improper flashing)