WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ROOFING IN WINTER:
Long Island, NY winters come with harsh conditions. Our team has been busy fixing roof leaks and home ice dams as well as installing new roofs. We work quickly to resolve weather-related issues for homeowners. And, for some homeowners that means installing a new roof.
IS IT OKAY TO DO ROOFING IN THE WINTER?
Yes. When done properly and by experienced roofing contractors, roofing in the winter can be done successfully. We don’t consider cold temperatures to be ideal for roof installation, but sometimes it is necessary.
SOME CONTRACTORS WILL NOT DO WINTER ROOF REPLACEMENTS.
Winter roofing can be dangerous. Slippery or damaged surfaces come with inherent risks. Ice dams cause additional complications. Projects in the winter can take longer, and some teams don’t have the manpower to dedicate to these installations.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen when working in dangerous conditions. Unless you’re experienced with working on slippery roofs, it’s best to hire a professional for all winter repairs and replacements. It’s important to ensure that you hire an experienced roofing contractor. Don’t always go with the lowest bidder and understand what your insurance will cover.
It can be helpful to ask your roofing contractor about the team’s experience in cold months. Many contractors even carry smartphones with pictures of recent projects; ask to see examples of the team’s work.
For many roofing professionals, winter roofing is just part of the job. Our team has years of winter roofing experience; this ensures they know the proper procedures, and will walk the homeowner through each step of the process.
SHINGLES INSTALLATION IS BEST ABOVE 40 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.
To properly install shingles and protect your home against future ice dams, it’s best to complete roof installation in temperatures above 40 degrees. Cracking and damage is more probable when temperatures fall. That being said, we can do alternative installation methods to resolve immediate issues. Roofing experts must handle shingles carefully and do their work efficiently, doing so decreases the risk of problems. Ignoring best practices will cause the roof to fail prematurely or allow future problems, like ice dams.
WINTER ROOFING PROJECTS CAN TAKE LONGER.
The sealing process for all roofs doesn’t happen in below-freezing temperatures. If it’s not an emergency, roofers will usually wait until there are few days of favorable temperatures to perform the job.
IF IN DOUBT, CHECK THE MANUFACTURER’S LABEL.
Some products require specific weather, but generally speaking, 40 degrees Fahrenheit and above can work okay for roofing. As home contractors, we prefer temps around 70 degrees for effective sealing. But, we can work around those challenges, when necessary.
Home contractors should have the experience to recommend when winter roofing is unsafe or less than ideal. If you’re concerned, inquire about the specific materials being used on your project. Most roofing supply companies have websites where information can be verified. Ask the contractor for brand and style information, then do some quick research.
LONG ISLAND, NY HOMEOWNERS SHOULD DO A ROOF INSPECTION IN LATE SUMMER OR FALL.
Proactive roof maintenance is always best. It saves homeowners time, hassle and money. We always recommend clients regularly check their roofing to ensure its condition can support the harsh winter conditions. Removing leaves and debris from gutters is important to ensure a problem-free winter. Chimneys should also be inspected.
Spring through fall are ideal for roofing replacements. Fall is often busier for home contractors due to winter preparation. If you’re budgeting for a roof replacement this year, consider a spring timeline. Because crews are typically less busy, wait times in spring months are often less.
ROOFS CAN BE WARMER THAN THE AIR TEMPERATURE.
Home heating and attic airflow can increase the temperature of roofs. The sun can also have an impact on the roof’s temperature. If a stretch of sunny days is predicted, this may create more favorable installation conditions even if it’s very cold outside. Proper storage of roofing materials can also decrease risks associated with winter installations.
DON’T WAIT TO REPAIR WINTER ROOF PROBLEMS.
Some homeowners fear that winter conditions will result in a terrible roofing project. Then, they delay the repairs and let the roofing problem get worse. Leaky roofs and ice dams can cause serious issues to homes if not resolved quickly. A roof is your home’s protective shield. Take care of it the best you can.
"Does insurance cover roof replacement” is one of the most common questions our team is asked. Needing a roof replacement can be a stressful process, but knowing that insurance will cover the cost can add some serious comfort to the project.
Each homeowner’s insurance policy is different. However, working with insurance companies for more than 20 years has taught us a few things about how the whole process typically works.
7 QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER ABOUT INSURANCE COVERING ROOF REPLACEMENTS
1. DOES THE AGE OF MY ROOF IMPACT IF INSURANCE WILL COVER IT?
The age of your roof is not typically a deciding factor on if your roof damage will be covered. However, it is increasingly an aspect used to determine how much an insurance policy will reimburse you and what repairs will be covered. And, it can impact if the insurance company will cover a full roof replacement or only repairs.
For some policies, roofs older than 10 years will received the depreciated value of the roofing as a reimbursement rather than the full cost of a new roof. Additionally, some insurance companies are requiring roof inspects upon policy renewal if a roof is older than 20 years. And, insurance experts anticipate this trend continuing––with additional stipulations being added to policies upon renewal, depending on the roof’s age.
2. HOW DO I KNOW IF INSURANCE WILL COVER MY ROOF REPLACEMENT?
Often the quickest way to answer this question is to call your agent directly (some even have text or apps available nowadays). Calling an insurance repair contractor, such as Bloomfield Construction, can help you and your agent better understand the necessary repairs, cost to fix them and process the project will follow. This contractor will be involved in the inspection process to help your agent start the claim process.
3. WHAT IS TYPICALLY COVERED UNDER MY POLICY?
Roof damage caused by most natural disasters is usually included in your homeowner’s policy. Covered natural disasters include fallen trees, hurricanes, tornados, lightning, hail and random fallen debris. Some policies do have a higher deductible for certain types of storm or damage, so consult your agent for more information on this.
Also, vandalism and home fire damage to roofing are typically covered.
4. WHAT ROOF DAMAGE IS NOT COVERED IN HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE?
Typically, long-term roof leaks are not covered in a generic homeowner’s insurance policy. This is why it’s very important to regularly inspect your roof for damaged, cracked or missing shingles, particularly after a storm occurs. This includes examining the exterior as well as looking in the attic for potential problems. Repairs should be taken care of immediately to increase the likelihood that your policy will cover them.
Most policies do not include flood damage; however, interior water damage may be covered if the damage resulted from a roof leak that was caused by a protected situation. For example, if a tree fell on your home, causing interior flooding, your insurance should cover all related damaged.
Additionally, regular roofing wear and age are not covered. And, in some cases, this regular wear can decrease the reimbursement amount an insurance will pay following covered damage.
5. WILL MY INSURANCE RATES GO UP IF I FILE A CLAIM FOR ROOF REPLACEMENT?
No. Homeowner’s insurance does not operate in the same way car insurance does, and your rate should not rise if you make a single claim, however you should check with your agent to be sure.
6. WILL MY INSURANCE ONLY COVER ROOF REPAIRS OR CAN I GET A FULL REPLACEMENT
This is dependent on the extent and cause of the damage as well as the age of the roof. Insurance companies want to incur the smallest expense possible. If a simple repair will suffice, that is what will be covered. Also, if the roof’s warranty has expired, this could influence the coverage.
7. WHEN SHOULD I FILE A CLAIM FOR MY ROOF REPAIRS OR REPLACEMENT?
As soon as you suspect or identify a problem with your roof! Leaking or otherwise damaged roofing can cause a wide range of problems, some of which may not be covered under insurance if you wait too long.
Even if you don’t immediately see a problem as a result of damages on your roof, it’s always a good idea to get an inspection. We have tools that can examine the full extent of the damage, and see things you may have missed.
As homeowners, we all know that at some point, we have to invest in a new roof. But, the big question is: When exactly is the perfect time to take on serious roofing repairs? Replacing the roof too soon or too late could seriously cost you. You want to fully maximize your roof’s shelf life, but you don’t want to cause more damage to your home by keeping a withered roof on the house. So, what do you do? We’ve seen many homeowners face this dilemma.
WE'VE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF FIVE WARNING SIGNS THAT MEAN IT’S TIME FOR SOME MUCH-NEEDED ROOF REPAIRS:
#1 CURLING AND BUCKLING:
Areas of your roof that have begun to curl and buckle probably exceeded their life expectancy. Often times, the parts of a roof that experience the most curling and buckling are the portions that are frequently exposed to the elements: sunlight, water, snow or sleet. Like the skin on the human body that reflects internal physiological defects, shingles often shed light on underlying, deep-rooted roofing issues.
#2 LEAKS IN THE ATTIC:
Your roof is essentially the first line of defense for your home. If water is making it passed this line of defense, it’s time for a new roof. Check your attic every once in a while to ensure that water hasn’t settled into the insulation or dry wall. Be careful, if this issue is not taken care of promptly, a simple attic leak can develop into a black mold problem. Added moisture encourages the growth of all types of bacteria, fungi and mold.
#3 GRANULE LOSS:
In roofing, granules reflect lifespan: The more granules a roof has, the newer it is – and vice versa. Granules protect the shingles from being broken down by the sun. Make sure to check your gutters to see if there is a larger-than-usual amount of granules in them. If this is the case, it means that your roofing is becoming particularly worn at a quicker-than-usual rate.
#4 MISSING SHINGLES:
High winds can easily blow off a shingle from your roof. And, missing shingles result in overexposure to the elements for your roof. Roofing repairs don’t always entail replacing the entire roof. But, keep in mind, if a shingle falls off without assistance from particularly harsh weather conditions, then it probably means that your roof is too old. Shingles lose their grip as a roof ages.
#5 DARK SPOTS ON THE SHINGLES:
Just like an overabundance of granules in the gutters, dark spots on a roof also indicate granule loss. When the granules are missing, portions of the shingle will appear darker than areas that are still coated with granules. A new roof will not have this discolored appearance. The older and more-worn a roof, the more spots you’ll notice. This is particularly important because – as aforementioned – granules protect the shingles from the effects of sun exposure. Think of granules as sunscreen for your roof.
Poor attic ventilation in the uppermost part of your home can cause a lot of issues, but most commonly the one’s below. The three parameters for attic condensation in cold climates are - interior house humidity, ceiling airtightness and pressures, and attic ventilation.
During the winter, moist air can collect in an attic that is not properly ventilated. During the summer, hot and humid air can also build up in the attic, putting stress on your roof. High attic humidity usually shows up as dampness or frost on the underside of the roof sheathing. Moisture can also lead to mildew or warping, and mold can start grow, leading to major structural issues. If heat rises into the attic during the winter, it can cause snow to melt and refreeze as ice (ICE DAMMING), which can lead to leaks and further damage!
Here are the four most common reasons to explain the practice of venting attics:
Natural airflow occurs by drawing in the air from outside, pushing it up and out through the vent at the top of the house. This is called passive ventilation.
The process of picking a roofing contractor to install your new roof can be intimidating, but do not fear, we are here to help you! This handy list of questions will help you better understand what lies ahead so that you can ask the right questions.
1. where are you located?
Seems like a pretty simple place to start, right? Get the physical street address - not just a PO Box - so you know where folks are located. Hiring a contractor with an office near you increases the likelihood of better customer service and quicker service times.
2. DO YOU CARRY INSURANCE?
Yes the the only answer to this question! A contractor should carry both comprehensive liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance. Contractors may also carry other kinds of insurance including health, life, and auto insurance so don't be misled. Let the contractor know you want to see current certificates for liability and workers' comp.
3. ArE YOU LICENSED?
You're basically asking if the contractor is licensed by your state and/or city. good to know, right? Just note that not all states require contractors to be licensed. Some cities require professional licensing. A check with your local licensing authority (or Google) will give details.
4. IS YOUR COMPANY CREDENTIALED?
Several roofing manufacturers (like CertainTeed and GAF) offer a variety of programs to professional contractors that establish their credentials as a knowledgeable roofing company. You can use a contractor's credentials as another indicator of their degree of knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to their trade. This is a big investment and you take it seriously...so should your contractor!
5. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Needless to say, longer is usually better. Less than three years may signal an unstable business or one low on the learning curve. On the other hand, everybody has to start somewhere, right? References will be helpful to double-check any business, and are especially important when dealing with a new business. A newer business may have a great future but it is only reasonable to be more careful when considering its referrals. The failure rate of small businesses in the first three years is very high.
6. DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES FROM PERVIOUS JOBS?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it's no exception in this case! Ask for photos of completed jobs. Better yet, ask for the names and phone numbers of recents customers (within the last year) who've agreed to be a reference. Get at least 5 and you can choose who to call. And don't forget addresses! Take a drive and check out their handiwork in your community.
TIP: Many contractors now have a presence on social media, so check out Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Yelp for photos (and reviews!) of your contractor.
7. WHAT IS YOUR WORKMANSHIP WARRANTY?
Typically, contractor workmanship warranties are for one year or more. In this case, the length is less important than what is covers. You're looking for:
A NOT ON WARRANTIES: The contractor warrant their workmanship. The manufacturer, on the other hand, warranties the roofing material against defects in manufacturing. Together, these two warranties will cover the shingle roof system. Understand them both - ask for a copy of the manufacturer's warranty pertaining to the specific shingle products you are considering during your evaluation.
In selecting Conlon Exteriors, Inc. as your roofing contractors for your next roof replacement and/or roof repair, you have chosen a company whose name has been trusted on Long Island, NY for over 20 years. You can have complete confidence in our experience and capability to do the job on time, with excellence, and according to plans and specifications. All our workmanship and labor is guaranteed for 5 years in addition to superior product warranties from manufacturers such as GAF, Owens Corning, Royal Woodland, Charter Oak, Anderson, Certainteed, Alside just to name a few.
To further your insurance, your safety and well being, we carry all necessary insurances including $1,000,000 basic liability, $2,000,000 aggregate, Disability and Workers Compensation.
Benefits of working with us are:
In closing, building trust has been our primary goal because we know it’s more than a roof to you and your family, it’s your home. Knowing you will have piece of mind is our number one mission.
James & Michele Conlon
Owners, Conlon Exteriors
If your attic isn't ventilating properly all it's doing is building up access hot air and moisture that can damage your shingles. Take it from our experience. You do not want to be looking at sudden roofing repairs that could have been easily prevented with the right ventilation. So remember a roof is more than just shingles. Get the right roofing system from the start and you'll be getting maximum protection for your home and fewer hassles for you.Alison Victoria describes how important each piece of the roofing system is to provide maximum protection for your home.
We know how intimidating it can be when you have to replace your roof. You want to make the right choices and get the right products to protect your home. Well one of the most important things you need to know right from the start is this, a roof is more than just shingles. It's a system of components that work together to give you the protection you need to protect your most valuable asset. These components are crucial to a strong, reliable roof.
Products like leak barrier and roof deck protection work to help keep moisture out. We know what high winds can do to a roof, starters trips help lock your shingles down and reduce the risk of a blow off. And ridge caps not only give you extra protection at the hips and ridges. They also add great finishing touch to your roof's appearance. The last part of the system is one that many people don't realize is so important for the life of a roof; attic ventilation.
Composite asphalt shingles will give you a long lasting, high resistant roof that will be pleasing esthetically as well as economically. We offer shingles with style and profiles available in a wide color array. Best of all, shingle roof systems are low cost and low maintenance.
As your contractor of choice for roofing, our optional extended manufacture-backed, system warranty covers the complete system and all of its components for a full 10 years with labor. Composite asphalt shingles look is unique and bold using different colored granules to create a unique 3-D look.
To set your roof apart, designer shingles are, beautiful and different, often improving the home’s value. Call us today for a free estimate.
Affordable doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. Alison Victoria explains how GAF 3-tab shingles combine strong performance at a manageable price.
Just because something isn't expensive doesn't mean it's cheap. Sometimes that's what you as a homeowner may be looking for in a roof. A basic, affordable protection, you don't want your roof to look like it came out of a bargain bin.
We have the answer for you. 3 tab shingles from GAF are the ideal choice for a budget friendly roof. They give you a great look with proven performance. So you don't have to sacrifice style or protection in order to save money. For traditional 3 tab shingle you can't go wrong with Royal Sovereign. This has been a go to 3 tab for contractors and builders for over 50 years because of its trusted quality.
It's made with an advanced color sequencing technology which creates a rich and vivid design that's hard to match. So even though you're spending less you're still getting the quality you'd expect from North America's largest roofing manufacturer. And that is a real bargain.
Watch Alison Victoria explain why Timberline® Shingles are North America’s #1 selling roofing shingle.
Timberline shingles from GAF are in a class by themselves. Timberland shingles are the number one selling shingles in North America; and for a good reason. They offered just the right combination of beauty performance and reliability. Both homeowners and professional installers have been singing the praises of Timberland shingles for years. And here's why.
First Timberline shingles featured GAF Advance Protection shingle technology. What this means for you is you will not find a shingle that surpasses timberline on toughness, wind uplift resistance, flexibility or fire resistance. As a homeowner that's great reassurance for such an important investment. Now with all this protection you also get beauty; and there are four different Timberline architectural shingles to choose from. Each has a glorious palette of colors to really bring your roof to life. You can see the difference for yourself and your neighbors will notice too.
Not only will Timberline shingles help protect your home with their exceptional durability but they'll also look great for years to come. And that's so important if you're thinking of reselling sometime down the road. In fact a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that you can increase the value of your home by an average of 5 percent with the new Timberline roof. That's pretty amazing news. What all of this comes down to is pretty simple. It makes good sense to trust Timberline shingles.