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Roofing Atlanta: Why Quality is so Important (pros & cons)

Posted in Claims Guide, Home Improvement, Roofing Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by HAPS

In our line of work we see it all….and I promise you there is a big difference in quality vs. price in the roofing industry.

Common mistakes we see include:

  • Poor attention in valleys:  In the valleys you need extra protection other than shingles & felt.  We suggest (and always use) ice & water shield in the valleys.  This is an asphalt based material with an adhesive backing which sticks to the decking.  This prevents water from penetrating the valley.  Some use valley metal which is long lasting.  The only issue is it does allow water penetration at the edges because it is nailed down instead of stuck to the decking.
  • Nailing issues:  We often see common mistakes when nailing. 1. Not enough nails (we use 5 minimum per shingle) 2. High Nailing: this is where roofing crews nail the shingles too close to the top of the shingles. Picture shingles which have come loose in sections and fallen off the roof.  3. Low nailing: Nails applied below the lower row of shingles will cause a leak sooner or later.  4. Nail pops: This is where nails are sticking up and eventually poke through the shingle.  This can occur if crews don’t remove nails from previous roof or if nail gun pressure is set too low during application.  Short nails: this mostly pertains to the thicker shingles such as architectural shingles where the nail doesn’t penetrate the shingle, felt underlayment, and wood decking.
  • Flat areas: This is a big problem.  Flat roof sections don’t have enough pitch to channel water downhill so basic asphalt shingles and felt don’t do the job.  You either need entire area covered with Ice & Water shield with shingles or, better yet, use a 2 piece flat roof system which includes a smooth base sheet covered by an asphalt granular cap sheet. (See pics below).
  • Flashing: This is the metal material used to channel water where the roof meets walls or chimneys.  We do leak repair on many roofs and flashing issues are the problem most often…especially on brick chimneys.
  • Poor ventilation: Proper ventilation is necesary to allow your roof (and attic) to “breathe”.  This prevents shingles blisters, it keeps the attic cooler, and it is necessary to maintain your shingle manufacturers warranty.  Proper roof ventilation can be ridge vent, power vents, and/or turtle vents (square “boxes”).  The proper ventilation has to be determined on a case by case basis depending on the type of roof you have and the square footage which needs to be ventilated.  We see 4′ of ridge vent on a tiny peak installed to ventilate  1200 SF of space.
  • Poor Preparation & Cleanup:  It is best to put tarps out in the areas surrounding structure to prevent unecessary damage to yard, driveways, plants, etc.  While it is almost impossible to take 1000 lbs + off a roof without some minor damage to plants, etc. proper prep will minimize issues.  Also, it is wise to move outdoor furniture, potted plants, etc before work begins.  Finally, advise roofing company supervisor of delicate areas such as tomatoe plants where you would like debris kept away as much as possible.  Cleanup is self explanatory.  If they don’t pick up the nails and debris you will not be happy.
  • Poor Project Management:  many companies use crews they barely know and there is no one to oversee that the work is being done properly.  They choose cheap labor to make more money, and the owner or project manager doesn’t take the time to ensure “danger zones” are taken care of.  I know of several BIG companies who use cheap, unkwown crews…..and the owner’s rarely ever go to a job site.  FYI, advertising doesn’t make a company great…..quality work and strong customer service works.

I hate to say it but we see alot of the above when we are reroofing homes in the Metro Atlanta area.

One way to determine if a roofing company knows what they’re doing is to ask if they do leak repairs.  If they say no run like the wind.  Many won’t perform leak repairs because they are afraid they can’t diagnose and correct the problem.  If they won’t offer to repair the leak, but instead ask you to file a claim for a new roof you should probably be cautions.

I’m not happy writing this post, but I feel compelled in order to educate homeowners on this industry.  We have lost jobs where we KNOW problems will occur as competitor pricing is below proper material and labor cost.  Roof replacement is not something you want to cut corners on.  Leaks can damage ceilings, walls, flooring, furniture, and lead to mold issues.

Our company Home Asset Protection Services does it right.  We ALWAYS use ice and water shield in valleys, at flashing, and around vents and exhausts, we ALWAYS use 5 nails minimum per shingles, we ALWAYS use proper ventilation, we ALWAYS use correct flashing techniques, and we ALWAYS guarantee our work.

See pictures below from a recent project where specific expertise was required and additional services were provided to make the client extremely pleased they chose HAPS as their roofer.

If you have leaks or if you are considering having your roof inspected or replaced call us at 404-933-6610 or CLICK HERE to fill out a form for a FREE estimate/inspection.  We will provide photos and an accurate description of the condition of your roof.  If you have storm damage we will advise you and assist you accordingly.  If you have issues such as those listed above we will advise you and make the corrections.  If you just need a maintenance package to get your roof in good condition we will advise you of these options as well.

We also provide detailed reports for bank or insurance companies who request a roof inspection report before they will refinance or insure your home.  If you need a roof inspection report call 404-933-6610 or CONTACT US to discuss.

Please understand, every roof is not an insurance claim.  Some just need repairs and/or TLC.

When deciding on your roofing company check references, ask questions about items listed above, and don’t base your decision on price alone.

Roofing Done Right !

Pictures of a recent project completed in Dunwoody.  First picture is the completed job DONE RIGHT!   Second picture shows where we installed additional downspout which takes water fromt the top roof to the bottom roof gutter.  Picture 3 shows the damaged decking which was caused by the previous gutter system.  We changed out the decking and added additional gutter and downspout in the open area.  Picture 4 shows properly installed ridge vent which gave the roof proper ventilation to maintain manufacturer’s lifetime shingle warranty.

Click Here for a FREE inspection.
 

 

Respectfully,

George Hearn

President

Home Asset Protection Services

HAPS Top Roofer in Dunwoody in 2011

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Home Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by HAPS

We were so excited to hear that our company, Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS) has been recognized as one of the top residential roofing companies in Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Georgia for 2011.

According to the City of Dunwoody code compliance department, HAPS rebuilt more roofs in this lovely city than just about every other roofing company.  We take great pride in this accomplishment as we greatly value our relationship with the citizens of this community.  City Code C0mpliance Inspector Phil Paulin commented, “I keep a close watch on the roofing companies who come into our fine city, and I trust George Hearn and HAPS more that any other company.  When I inspect their jobs I know they are doing to job right; and therefore I know with confidence they are taking good care of the citizens of our community.”

Our company,  Home Asset Protection Services, LLC is a full service Home Repair and Home Improvement company who services the North Metro Atlanta area.  Owner George Hearn states, “Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are #1 for us for a reason.  Almost all of our experiences in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have been fantastic.  The people are kind, intelligent, and they care about their homes and their community.  Our high volume of roofing jobs is only the beginning.  We look forward to continuing to serve this fine community as our clients continue to maintain and/or make improvements to their homes.  The homes are beautiful, the city is thriving, and the citizens deserve to have a relationship with a company who cares about their clients satisfaction more than the almighty dollar.”

If you are considering Roofing, Painting, Siding, Flooring, Tree Removal, Kitchen/Bath upgrades, drywall repair, or just about any other home project we hope you’ll call 404-933-6610 for a free consultation and estimate.

Our company is built on trust and courtesy combined with a committment to going ‘over and above’ our requirements to ensure our clients are satisfied.  These relationships result in great referrals, repeat business, and satisfaction by the homeowner’s and the company.

If you have NOT had your roof inspected, call us at 404-933-6610 for a free inspection to determine the condition of your roof.  If we find storm related damage…we will assist you throughout the entire claims process from start to finish.  If you don’t have damage, we will advise you accordingly so you will not file frivolous claims with your insurance company.  We’ve seen many roofs with no damage where the homeowner filed a claim because a roofing company either didn’t have experience in identifying hail damage/storm damage, or they just had the homeowner file the claim in hopes it would get approved by the insurance company.  We think this is unfair to the homeowner.  Our approval ratings are in the 90% range because we don’t file them unless we feel there is a decent chance of approval.  We don’t guarantee approval because the claim can only be approved by the insurance company.  Their opinions are subjective based on the adjuster who runs the appointment.  With HAPS, we also treat the insurance adjusters with courtesy and honesty; and this reputation has served us well in the field.

Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS) is locally owned and operated out of Suwanee, GA.  Please visit our website at http://www.homeassetprotectionservices.com for more information; or call us at 404-933-6610 if you would like one of our representatives to assist you with any upcoming project.

April 2011 Storm Damages Metro Atlanta Homes

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by HAPS

Another large group of storms hammered the Metro Atlanta area in April 2011 causing hail and wind damage to roofs in many areas.  Our inspectors have seen some significant hail damage in certain areas which confirm storm reports from local media.  This is the third big storm this year so the hail and wind damage claims business is picking up dramatically.

The April 2011 storm dropped hail up to 2.5 inches in certain areas with many homeowners reporting hail “covering their driveway”.   We are finding approvable damage in certain zones; and we are seeing an increase in hail and wind claims being approved in these zones.  If you would like to know if your home is in the hail area call 404-933-6610 or Click Here to fill out a reply form to set up an appointment with one of our claims reps to discuss your options.

Unfortunately, we are also seeing a lot of out of town roofers coming into town to work these storms.  We advise homeowners to be careful when deciding on using a roofer/claims services company to represent them during the storm.  While the out of state companies are adept at determining damage and getting claims approved….once the storms are done they leave town and the homeowner is stuck if they have a problem with their roof.  We see it ALL the time.

Since Roofing Claims are picking up we would like to take some time in this article to cover a few topics which we see every day, but the average homeowner has little knowledge of….

1. When we ask homeowners if they have had their roof checked (for free) to determine if they have suffered from hail damage to your home so many homeowners answer this question with the simple answer of “I don’t have leaks” :  Truthfully, hail doesn’t generally cause leaks at the time of the storm unless we see softball sized or broken windows.  Hail damage does cause a breakdown of the shingle which eventually allows water to pass through and damage your home.

If this is the case why do insurance companies pay for roof replacements if the hail damage doesn’t cause leaks.  The answer is actually simple.  If hail damages your shingles, you don’t have leaks now…but you will.  The insurance companies pay to replace the roof to prevent further damage to the interior of your home.  Waiting for leaks could add up to thousands if drywall, painting, mold, insulation, and/or furniture gets damaged. 

2. My neighbor got a new roof so I must have hail damage or wind damage:  Not true.  We see storm damage on one house and little damage on the neighbor’s home quite oftern.  Much is determined by many factors including age of the roof, tree cover, type of shingles, direction of storm, location of home, and obviously size of the hail.  The only way to determine if you have storm damage to your roof is to have it inspected by a company with EXPERIENCE in dealing with storm claims.

3. I was told by a roofer he/she could see that I have hail damage from a ground inspection.  This is crazy unless you live in Texas or Oklahoma where the hail is often big enough to go through the roof.  These roofers are saving time, playing the numbers game, and having you put a claim on file without regard to your relationship with your insurance company.  Don’t put in a claim without an inspection.  Call 404-933-6610 if you would like your roof inspected in the Metro Atlanta area.  We have built many roofs in areas such as Alpharetta, Acworth, Atlanta, Austell, Cumming, Dunwoody, Fairburn, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, John’s Creek, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Marietta, McDonough, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee.  

4. My roofer guaranteed me I would get approved:  Nope, not true.  The insurance company approval is up to the adjuster, not the roofer.   While we know what should be approved, there is no guarantee.  Approval of hail damage for roof claims is totally subjective opinion based on the opinion of the adjuster; and I promise you…the opinions are all over the board.

5. I’ve been denied so I know I don’t have damage;  This one is tricky.  Because adjusters opinions are different you may have one say you have damage and another say you do.  Have you ever had different feelings/opinions on bad day vs good days?  Also, our experience shows that approval rates are much higher right after the storm vs. 1-2 years after the storm. 

6. I don’t need a company experienced in claims services to represent me.  I’ll do it on my own. – Go ahead, but understand you may have just decreased your chances of approval by 30-40%.  Rarely do we see a roof with damage on every shingle.   It’s easy to find no damage on a roof with a lot of damage.

7. All roofers are the same.  Not true.  We see some ugly stuff out there.  Scammers who take the money and run, partners who fight, companies who cut corners on materials or use inexperienced labor at cheap prices in order to give away deductibles, fly by night companies who don’t deal with complaints.

8. The cheapest price is the best deal:  This applies in just about any industry…You get what you pay for.  We’ve seen roofs with no felt, 2 nails per shingle, no flashing at the chimneys or walls, no starter shingles, inadequate ventilaton, no caulking at exposed nails (ridge cap) etc.  Don’t make this mistake.  The roof is one of the most important parts of your home.  Do it right.  After all, a good roof should last 20 years with no storm damage.  If you don’t believe us, talk to someone who has leaks.

9. I want my roof done without paying a deductible: See #8.  Also, see House Bill 423 regarding new legislation relating to this activity.

10. I’ve had my insurance for 20 years without putting in a claim.  This will help me get approved:  Not true.  The adjuster doesn’t look up how long you’ve had the policy.  They look up if you’ve put in a claim and if so, they look at the inspection results and pictures to see if your roof has been incurred more damage or if you made repairs from previous claim payments.

If you would like to know if your home has hail or wind damage call HAPS at 404-933-6610 or visit our company website at http://www.homeassetprotectionservices.com to arrange for a free inspection.  If we find damage, we’ll help you through the entire process.  If you don’t have damage, we’ll tell you you don’t.  If you need maintainence even if you don’t have damage, we’ll let you know. 

Your shingles are supposed to last 20-50 years, but other parts of your roof don’t.   In fact, we suggest roof maintainence every 2-3 years.  With this plan we change pipe boots (they rot), recaulk areas needed (caulk only holds up for a relatively short period of time, inspect flashing (it can move), and deal with rotten siding issues. 

We hope this article helps you understand a little more about our industry.  We hope you’ll call us at 404-933-6610 if you would like an inspection of your roof, if you have questions regarding your home, or if you have other home improvement projects where you are looking for someone you can trust for honest opinions, quality workmanship, and competitive pricing. 

Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS)                                                                                         Suwanee,GA  30024                            404-933-6610

Common Atlanta Hail Damage Roofing Scams

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by HAPS

Over the past few months we’ve run across several homeowners in the Metro Atlanta area who have been taken advantage of by companies in the hail damage roof replacement business.

The large amount of hail damage over the past few years has brought millions of dollars of business into the area.  With this magnitude of opportunity comes a small percentage of scammers who don’t represent the best interest of the homeowners.

Here are a few Hail Damage Roof scams we’ve run across in the last month.

One Snellville, GA homeowner told us she signed a contract with a company.  Upon receipt of insurance funds from the hail damage claim she wrote out a check to the roofing company.  The company cashed the check and then disappeared.  She can’t locate the company (who was an out of state company) and her insurance company obviously is not responsible for the error. This homeowner will now have to pay for the repairs out of pocket.

Another homeowner had their roof replaced from a roofing company who was also registered out of state.  When the work was complete the homeowner noticed a problem with the roof which needed to be fixed.  Once again, this homeowner was not able to reach the company via the phone number he was provided.   Now they have leaks and repairs which need to be done which will not be covered by the insurance company because the damage is not storm related. Again, these repairs will have to be paid for out of pocket.

Yet another homeowner went under contract with a roofer, and after they issued the initial payment to the roofer… the roofer wouldn’t do the work in a timely manner.  After 2 months of waiting the homeowner finally was able to get the check back from the original roofer, and we were able to get the job done promptly.  We even started the work without a downpayment to ensure the homeowner that the work would be done by our company.  It was a risk on our part, but we felt the homeowner would be a great reference after we helped show them that all companies are not scammers.

As you can see, there are many ways to be taken advantage of by these roofing companies and hail damage claims companies.

Some precautions you can take are:

Make the company show you a copy of their business license and/or their corporation filings to make sure they really are a local company.  It’s easy to buy a cell phone with a local number, and many out of state companies are doing this to make it appear they are “local”.  Find out their home office location to verify they really are locally owned.

Make sure the roofing company offers a warranty for the workmanship of their job.  Of course you need to once again make sure they are local so you can find them if warranty repairs are needed.

Ask for references:  A good company will have plenty of references for you to check up on to see how well the company did throughout the entire Hail Damage claim process.  Finding satisfied customers shouldn’t be too difficult if the hail damage claims company did a good job because the actual service provided is quite valuable.  Getting a quality new roof paid for by your insurance company is a good deal.  It’s fair, it’s necessary, and it’s a great value for little to no cost.  A company that won’t provide references raises a huge flag.

At Home Asset Protection Services, LLC we offer professional service, prompt attention to your hail damage claim, and we are located in Suwanee, GA.  We have many references who are more than pleased with our work, and we’ll be happy to provide references to you if you decide to look into the opportunity of having your roof replaced from Hail Damage in the Atlanta area.

Call us at 404-933-6610 or CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US  if you would like to meet with one of our representatives to determine if you may qualify for a roof replacement which is covered by your insurance company.

We offer FREE inspections to determine if damage has ocurred, and we assist you through the entire claims process.  We do quality work and we offer a no leak warranty on all workmanship of our services to go along with the manufacturers warranty for the product.

And of course we’ll be happy to provide references of satisfied homeowners who have had their roof replaced as a result of utilizing the services of our company during the entire Hail Damage Claims process.