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Roofing 101

With so many fly by night roofers out in the market, it is sometimes hard to get a straight answer about your roof or the damage your roof may have. We have designed this page to answer some of the basic roofing questions homeowners and business owners may have. At Moda we understand that roofing systems can be somewhat difficult to understand to the untrained eye. The same can be said about filing an insurance claim on your homes roofing system after it receives damage from a storm. With so many opinions out in the market how can you the homeowner or business owner be sure you are receiving accurate information?

A few ways you can insure you are receiving accurate information regarding your roof or your roofing claim is to visit your States website and see what your State has to say about installing a new roof on your home. In addition to this there are a number of professional roofing organizations out in the market that do not install roofs, so you can get an unbiased opinion as to what is accurate and true information. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

So how can homeowners and business owners protect themselves from misinformation and shady roofing practices? The answer is actually rather simple. First always do your own research before hiring a roofing contractor. Check references of the roofing contractor to make sure they are local and a legitimate organization. Always get more than one estimate. We recommend getting at the least three estimates. Do a simple Google search on the roofing company to see what other homeowners and business owners in the area are saying. Validate your roofing contractors insurance coverage and never allow anyone on your roof that does not have the proper insurance coverage. Another step you may want to take is to check the BBB website to see if they are accredited, although we do not encourage homeowners or business owners to base their decision on this factor alone after all the BBB is a private company that businesses pay to be a part of. Never give your roofing contractor money up front until the materials for your roof have been delivered to you home or business. If you do provide a deposit never give the contractor more than 50% down. Typically 50% down only covers the material of your roofing system. Last but not least never sign anything until you are 100% sure you have chosen the right roofing contractor.

Hail Damage To Shingles

Roofing Hail Damage

Hail Damage To Gutters

Gutter Hail Damage

Getting To Know Hail Damage & Hail Damage Identification

Hail damage identification can be tricky at times because it ranges from light hail damage to extreme hail damage. Obviously extreme hail damage is much easier to identify due to the destruction it leaves behind. Light hail damage on the other hand can be a little more difficult to identify. Although light hail damage to your roof, fence, windows, siding etc. does not always require a replacement, it is important to have it looked at by a qualified roofer. Light hail damage on your roof can damage the integrity of your shingles and may not pose a problem at first but over time the hail hits on your shingles can blister causing leaks on the inside of your home. A good roofing contractor will follow HAAG standards and will know if your roofing system requires a replacement.  

Hail comes in many different sizes from pea size hail that almost never does enough damage to require a full roof replacement to softball size hail that can completely destroy a homes roofing integrity. You might be surprised to find out that when your insurance company inspects your roofing system after a storm that they require very little damage in order to issue a full roof replacement. This is due in part because your insurance company understands that even the smallest hail damage can cause additional more expensive damage down the line. As a rule of thumb when it comes to hail damage it is always a good idea to have your roofing system inspected to make sure your homes integrity is sounds and will not give you issues further down the line.