How to Choose a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Choosing a Qualified Roofing Contractor for your Roofing Needs

Choosing a qualified roofing contractor for your roofing repair or replacement can be tricky. While your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, it can be the the most expensive to maintain. Your roof is the first line of protection for your home against the weather which makes it imperative to hire the roofing company that best fits your needs. Because there are so many roofing companies in the industry, here are some important tips to consider when you hire a roofing company for your needs.

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Hail Storm Damage

Identifying Hail Storm Damage To Your Home

Storm season has arrived. Do you know what to look for after a catastrophic hail or wind storm hits your area? Here are a few tips to help you decide to call JM Roofing Group for a Free Property Inspection:

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WIND DAMAGE:

Wind Damage is the most obvious type of damage to identify, and typically is an excellent indicator of storm damage.

  1. MISSING SHINGLES: If you see missing shingles on your roof, it’s an obvious indicator that you have storm damage.
  1. ROOF MATERIAL ON THE GROUND: Finding full or partial shingle or roofing pieces on the ground may indicate parts of your roof have been blown off by wind, even if you can’t see it from the ground!
  1. BLOWN OFF EXTERIOR COMPONENTS: Blown off fascia, siding, gutters or other exterior components are all indicators of wind damage also.

HAIL STORM DAMAGE:

Hail Storm Damage is quite a bit more difficult to identify than wind damage. This is mainly because wind damage displaces exterior components of the home, while hail simply impacts those components, affecting the lifespan, warranty, and functionality of the exterior components (Shingle, Siding, Gutters, etc.). Supporting evidence of hail damage, or collateral damage as it is referred to, can be found all around your property. Here are some things to look for:

  1. HAIL DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR: Hail dings on your car. This may seem like an odd place to look for evidence of hail damage to your home, but it’s actually one of the most effective and obvious. In order for hail to damage most cars, the hail must be a certain size and density. That size and density reflected in the hail damage to your car, would most likely indicate the hail was large enough to damage your roof, as well. That is, assuming your car was at your home or property, at the time of the catastrophic event.
  1. SOFT METAL DAMAGE: Hail dimples on gutters, downspouts, fascia, window wraps and other soft metal accessories on your home (Aluminum, copper, etc.). Soft metal accessories are easier to damage than other exterior components, and offer insight in to hail large the hail was at your property during the storm. Larger hail hits to your soft metals certainly warrant further inspection of the roof and property.
  1. A/C FIN DAMAGE: Hail indentations to the fins on your A/C unit. Older A/C units and window A/C units typically have exposed A/C fins. If hail came in from the direction the A/C unit faces, the A/C fins on the unit would be peppered with indentations from hail impacts. This is additional collateral damage, or supporting evidence, and further support the decision to call for a property inspections from one of our Haag Engineering Certified Inspectors.
  1. GRANULE LOSS: Massive granule loss from your shingles is a fair indicator of hail damage to your property. You may notice grains of asphalt rock on your back deck, or driveway, or coming out of your downspouts after a storm. Shingles are designed to lose granules during inclement weather, but when an abundance of granules comes off during a weather event, it’s better to be safe and have your roof inspected for further insight.
  1. WINDOW SCREENS: Hail damage to your window screens. Most window screens have a certain pliability to them and can withstand a certain amount of debris impact. But when a hail stone hits your screens at a certain velocity, it will puncture your screen and leave it peppered with holes. You may only see damage to your screens on certain sides of your house, depending on the direction the storm traveled and the amount of blowing winds.
  1. NEIGHBORITIS: Your neighbors are all getting new roofs! If you step out your front door one morning, or come home from work one evening and see your neighbors getting a new roof, or have solicitors knocking on your door to sell you the promise of a new roof, politely tell them, “No thank you!” Then call your trusted insurance restoration specialists at JM Roofing Group for a complete property assessment and inspection. Neighboritis, as we affectionately call this phenomena, is typically the largest influence on a homeowner’s decision to get their roof inspected, and eventually file an insurance claim. It’s hard to see ALL your neighbors getting new roofs and think that you wouldn’t get approved either.

ALL of these tips, on what to look for, will help you decide whether or not to have your property inspected. Not all of these must be found to warrant calling for an inspection, but even finding one is an excellent reason to have your home looked at. Besides, it’s FREE!

Once a certified hail and wind inspector looks at your property, we will show you pictures of any damage we found, and give you an honest assessment of the damage to your property. If one of our inspectors, or sales representatives finds sufficient damage to warrant filing a claim, he or she will then instruct you on how to proceed. If one of our inspectors DOESN’T find sufficient damage to file a claim, he or she will explain their assessment to you and how to best move forward with any repairs or maintenance outside of an insurance claim. We wouldn’t want anyone to waste our time with filing a needless insurance claim, and we certainly won’t waste yours!

Contact JM Roofing Group today to schedule your free Hail Storm Damage Inspection.

Roof Leak Common Causes

Roof Leak Common Causes

Have you ever gone into the bathroom in the morning to shower and get ready for work? Only to find an ugly brown spot in your bathroom or one of the bedrooms? What about when you go to light a fire in the winter and find water dripping on, or even inside, your fireplace? How about my personal favorite? Water dripping onto you WHILE YOU SLEEP!?! No need to worry. Today we will discuss roof leak common causes and what you can do to remedy the problems.

Leaks in the Bathroom of Kitchen

First, we will discuss a big culprit of roof leak common causes, leaks in the bathroom or kitchen. This type of leak tends to come from one place in particular, your PVC plumbing pipes that protrude through your attic and roof. A rubber flange, with a hole for the pipe to fit through, is secured around the PVC pipe to prevent water from entering around it. Water can enter the inside of the pipe, without any water entry issues. However, if the water enters on the outside of the pipe, due to breaks and cracks in the rubber, it can and usually does cause a significant leak in a home’s kitchen or bathroom. These leaks are due to the fact that most of your plumbing pipes route to these areas.

Leaks Around Chimneys and Flashing Walls

The second roof leak common cause we will discuss is leaks around chimneys and flashing walls. This type of leak tends to show up during heavy rains. You may see water leaking down your drywall on the outside of the chimney, or dripping on the inside. You may see drywall damage and stains where your garage meets the house, the foyer entrance of your house, or along the walls of dormers on the front of the house.

How do you know these things, you might ask? It’s because these intersections on the roof, tend to be where a vertical structure (like a wall or a chimney) require an adequate flashing system to prevent water from leaking into the roof. 75% of the time, the fix is simple… maintenance your roof after it’s initial 8 to 10 years. Caulking dries up and peels off, aluminum flashing gets bent from wind and flying debris, and fasteners (nails & screws) become dislodged due to temperature change and exposure to the elements. However, their are times where the initial installation of the wall flashing system is entirely improper, and prolonged or extensive damaged may be affecting structural items on the roof, like the wood decking it is secured to. In those cases, the flashing system needs to be removed and reinstalled with all the proper components.

Leaks due to Wind Driven Rain

This type of leak is the most unique type of leak and tends to happen during more severe weather events. During a strong storm, rain may be accompanied by wind gusts. These wind gusts blow the shingles up and either break the matting of the shingles, or it bends/creases it, during the storm. Sometimes these leaks are easy to detect, because the missing shingles on the roof make it quite obvious. However, at times, shingles may raise during a wind storm and allow water to enter through a nail hole, or seam where parallel shingles meet. These leaks tend to happen for 1 of 2 reasons.

Types of Causes for Wind Driven Leaks

Improper Installation

First, the most common: improper installation. This means, the people who installed your roof originally did not nail on the shingle where they should have, allowing the shingle to bend during strong winds and either cause a leak, or break completely.

Material Defects

The second reason these leaks tend to happen is due to a material defect, in the shingle. It is common, with certain shingle manufacturers, to have a defect in the production of certain shingle lines, from certain factories. If this occurs within the first 10 years of the roof’s installation, I would recommend you file a claim with the shingle manufacturer for a defect. Otherwise, I would advise you to repair the problem if it is small, and save up for a new roof in the future. Maintenance of your roof goes a long way though folks.

LeakPros

Every leak and every home are completely different, but experience with so many different types of leaks and homes is what sets us apart from all the other roofers in Lexington, KY. JM Roofing Group is one of the top rated roofing contractors in Central and Northern Kentucky for both roof repairs and roof replacements. So, whether it is one shingle to repair or a whole roof to be replaced, JM Roofing Group should be your first call to determine your roof leak common causes. Don’t wait until you get drenched with costly repairs, call JM Roofing Group today for a FREE roof assessment!

Seasonal Roof Repairs and Roof Maintenance

The Importance of Roof Repairs and Roof Maintenance

JM Roofing Group Lexington Kentucky, specialize in all types of roofing and roof services and provides free inspections to Lexington Kentucky area residents concerned with making seasonal roofing repairs.  Whether your roof has only one shingle missing, or even a small leak, let a JM Roofing Group Lexington Kentucky representative discuss the importance of roof repairs and roof maintenance with you, when you call for your FREE inspection.  JM Roofing Group wants to build a long-term relationship with every one of our customers. Today, we will explain different maintenance options and repair options for leaking roofs.

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Spring Showers lead to Storm Damage Repairs

It’s that time of year again! Storm season has arrived which means we’re all stepping foot out of hibernation to inspect what kind of storm damage repairs we’re facing. Do you know what to look for after a catastrophic hail or wind storm hits your area? Miller Roofing Group has been providing the best storm damage repairs in Lexington Kentucky for over a decade and here are a few tips to help you decide to call Miller Roofing Lexington for a Free Property Inspection to inspect for Hail Damage and Wind Damage. Read more

Roof Leaks: Common Causes

Have you ever gone into the bathroom in the morning to shower and get ready for work, only to find an ugly brown spot near your bathroom fan? What about when you go to light a fire in the winter and find water dripping on, or even inside, your fireplace? How about my personal favorite? Water dripping onto you WHILE YOU SLEEP!?!

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