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How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof

How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof

May 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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With storm season upon us, now is the time to educate yourself about the risks of damage to your property. One of the major causes for concern during Central Iowa storm season is hail damage. With meteorologists forecasting yet another strong storm season, now is the time to gain an understanding of how hail damage impacts your roof. As your trusted Central Iowa roofing experts, we pride ourselves not only on ‘roofing done right,’ but also on educating consumers about the care and maintenance of their roofing systems. Let’s explore just how hail damages a roof.

    Initial Hail Damage
    While most property owners expect to see major divots or obvious cracks in their shingles as a result of hail damage, it’s not always all that obvious. In some cases, upon closer inspection, you can identify areas of damage in the way of concentrated spots of missing granules. While these small blemishes in your roof may seem harmless, over time they can wreak havoc.

    Exposure to the Elements
    Granules are used on asphalt shingles to protect your roof from the sun. Though the initial damage may seem minimal, exposure to wind, rain and snow causes erosion. Before you know it, those tiny, difficult to spot, blemishes are major divots in your shingles. Once large portions of your roof are exposed to UV rays, the damage continues to compound. Sun damage dries your roof out and causes cracking which eventually exposes you to leakage and water damage.

    Hail Damage Should Not be Ignored!
    There you have it. Put simply, those tiny hail marks in your shingles have the potential to dramatically shorten the lifespan of your roof. Because you may not realize the full extent of the damage your roof has sustained for months or even years, it’s important to have your roof inspected after a hailstorm. Timeliness is not only critical for the health of your roof but for insurance purposes. Depending on your policy and provider, you have a predetermined amount of time in which you are entitled to compensation for damage. Once the window has closed, your provider is no longer liable.

    Book Your Free Roof Inspection Today!
    It’s important to speak with a roofing professional before making a roof hail damage insurance claim. You may find that your damage is not substantial enough to warrant an insurance claim. Or you may very well find that you need a new roof, information that will serve you well as you deal with an adjuster.

    At Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows, we are proud to offer complimentary, no-obligation roofing inspections. Allow one of our highly experienced roofing specialists to complete your inspection and help you determine the extent of your damage.

    Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-981-3838 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

    How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof2019-05-22T21:14:35+00:00

    Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company

    Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company

    May 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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    The biggest obstacle homeowners face when looking to fix or replace their roof is choosing the right person to do the job. Finding a contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and professional may sound difficult – but that’s where we come in. We’d like to share these important tips with you to express we are a company who is reputable and can be trusted to protect your home and your wallet.

    1. Talk with your friends and neighbors: There is less chance of potential issues or scams when you choose a contractor that has performed work with a friend or neighbor.
      a. You can’t always trust what you read online, however, homeowners from all over Iowa have given us rave reviews.
      b. Chances are you’ve seen one of our yard signs in your neighborhood.
    2. Look for manufacturer certifications. These are considered a badge of honor because the contractors must pass certain minimum requirements to be a factor, GAF strictly enforces their top certifications.
      a. We are proud to have both GAF and Owens-Corning certifications.
    3. Check Better Business Bureau Rating Check for proper licensing and insurance.
      a. See our BBB A+ rating HERE
    4. Check for proper licensing and insurance.
      a. We provide our certificate for validation.
    5. Don’t give in to pressure from contractors.
      a. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.

    And last check out this related article by the BBB HERE.

    Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

    Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company2019-05-08T21:41:20+00:00

    Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

    Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

    April 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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    Spring is in the air and that means … making sure your roof made it through the winter without damage. Use Heartland Roofing Siding and Window’s spring roof inspection checklist to walk you through your warm-weather inspection.

    Before you climb on the roof, however, ensure you do it safely. Place your ladder on a firm, level surface, at the angle specified by the manufacturer. Secure it to your roof, but not in a way that presents a tripping hazard.

    • Downspouts: Use a hose to flush downspouts and loosen any material that may have become lodged in them throughout the winter. With the hose in the downspout, inspect each one to ensure it’s free of leakage that can cause water to collect around your foundation.
    • Roofing Materials: Inspect your shingles or tiles for visible damage, such as cracks, tears or missing chunks. Pay special attention around pipes and other protrusions from the roof where snow and ice may have accumulated and damaged the seal.
    • Gutters: Clear the rain gutters of any material that may have collected in them over the winter. Clear all material by hand before flushing them to prevent clogs in downspouts.
    • Chimney: While you’re on the roof, take the opportunity to check that your chimney is still in good health. Check that masonry is intact and that white stains, like calcium buildup, aren’t building up, which can indicate your chimney is absorbing water.

    Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

    Spring Roof Inspection Checklist2019-04-24T19:28:07+00:00