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What You Should Do If It Hails Again

ByTracy Bookman

It’s already shaping up to be a crazy weather season, and after a storm, door-to-door roofers and roofing phone solicitors will be hard at work to convince you to sign up with them for your roof replacement. When it begins hailing here in Colorado homeowners normally make one big, common mistake. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they should immediately call their insurance company to request to have an “inspector” come out to look at their roof after a hail storm. The reason this is a big mistake is that once you call your insurance company to

Avoid A Zero Pay Claim

ByTracy Bookman

On May 20 and 21, 2019, a bizarre Spring storm rolled through south-central Colorado, dropping several inches of snow.  The weight of the snow broke trees all over Colorado Springs. In response, people were calling their insurance companies and asking them to send adjusters out to inspect their properties for damage.  But is that really the best thing to do? It’s important to know that if you call your insurance company and ask them to send somebody out to inspect your roof or your house, that if there’s no damage you still have a claim on your record.  It’s

2019 Shingle Color Selection Instructions

ByTracy Bookman

Follow these instructions to choose your shingle color selection for your roof. This video provides instructions for choosing colors for our standard shingle line and our HailGUARD, impact resistant line. If you have questions about these instructions, please contact our office at 719-433-6991.

The Integrity Of Your Roofing Contractor

ByTracy Bookman

I recently received a phone call from someone in a different city in Colorado. He’s a homeowner, and he was concerned about the integrity of his roofing contractor. He had found our videos, so called to ask questions about his situation. He described many of the things the roofer is doing that are making him uncomfortable and he’s justified in being concerned. The primary issue at stake is that the contractor required the homeowner to pay a huge “deposit” payment, but so far there have been no materials delivered to the property. This is in violation of Colorado SB38

Understanding Insurance Supplements

ByTracy Bookman

If someone in the home restoration or insurance industry talks with you about a supplement, they’re not recommending vitamins. They’re referring to the act of requesting an addition to your insurance claim.  Understanding insurance supplements is important, and how they affect your property damage claim. Very often the insurance claim you receive for damage to your home will be too low.  This is normally because of missing items from the necessary scope of work.  Items may be missing because of a number of reasons. One reason is because insurance adjusters are rarely experienced in construction or restoration. Another reason

Know When To Call Your Insurance Company

ByTracy Bookman

You may have been affected by the massive storm, known as the “bomb cyclone” that hit our area on March 13, 2019. But just because you may have been affected, should you file an insurance claim?  It’s important to know when to call your insurance company, and when not to. The simple rule of thumb should be, if you observe major damage to your property, then don’t delay, call your insurance company.  If you observe only minor damage, don’t call your insurance company.  Instead, call a credible contractor to inspect your property. What is “major damage?” If you had

Should You Use An Out Of State Roofer?

ByTracy Bookman

Why do people hire out of town, or out of state roofers?  Most of the time it’s because they’re lured in by promises of inexpensive (cheap) repairs or stories of local contractors being overwhelmed with work.  So, should you use an out of state roofer?  Consider these points: First, if the roofer comes in from out of state and re-roofs your home, and then he goes back to whatever state he came from, ask yourself this question.  If you have a problem after the installation, how are you going to get it resolved? Additionally, there’s a good chance that

How Long Should Your Shingles Last?

ByTracy Bookman

There’s a common misconception that I hear from homeowners all the time about how long their shingles should last. Usually the question goes something like this, “Why didn’t my shingles last 30 years? That’s what my roofer told me.”  Or, “I know I don’t need a new roof because I have a 30 year shingle and it’s only (fill-in-the-blank) years old.”  So, how long should your shingles last? There are misconceptions regarding the 30-year, 40-year, or 50-year designations that the shingle manufacturers apply to their products. It’s important to note that 30 year, 40 year, and 50 year shingle

My Bathroom Fan Is Leaking! (Part 2)

ByTracy Bookman

“My bathroom fan is leaking!” It’s that time of year again. You’re sitting in the bathroom, reading your favorite magazine, happily “taking care of business,” when all of a sudden you feel an icy drop of water hit the back of your neck. In northern climates, when it gets cold outside, your bathroom exhaust fan can start dripping water inside your bathroom. While this doesn’t indicate that your roof is leaking, it does potentially indicate that your exhaust fan isn’t vented correctly. If your bath exhaust fan vents into your attic and not through your roof, it could be

How To Prevent An Ice Dam

ByTracy Bookman

Ice dams can be prevalent problems in northern climates where cold snowy weather is followed by clear, sunny, but cold days.  But what causes an ice dam and do you prevent them from happening? Ice dams are caused when ice begins to form at the eave of your roof and then backs up either on top of or underneath your shingles. This causes a problem when that ice goes so far back up the roof that it reaches the heated attic space and then melts.  The water can then follow a nail, staple, or other penetration through the roof
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