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Roof Wind Damage Insurance Claims – What to Expect

Roof Wind Damage Insurance Claims

In New England, we are approaching hurricane season where we deal with potential damaging winds, torrential downpours of rain and other elements that have potential to damage your home. High winds are capable of causing extreme destruction causing trees to uproot, home siding to blow off, debris to become projectiles and roofs being ripped off. Even if your home is constructed to tackle damaging winds, you never know what else can factor into damaging your roof. Should this happen and you need to call your insurance company, make sure you are prepared.

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Designer Roofing Shingles – How to Pick the Best Style for Your House

Designer Roofing Shingles - GAF Camelot

With today’s multitude of styles and colors, selecting the right shingle for your home can be challenging. But choosing newer designer roofing shingles can be vital in helping with the overall curb appeal. If you are planning to replace your roof sometime soon, discuss your options with your roofing contractor and pick the best shingles to suit the style of your home.

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Roof Storm Damage – How to Handle an Insurance Claim

Roof Storm Damage - How to Handle an Insurance Claim

The effects of Mother Nature at times can be very damaging to homes especially along the coastline. If your home has suffered roof storm damage, it is important that you have the damage repaired as quickly as possible. Because your roof provides your home with its first line of protection from the elements, any damage to it could result in an increase in the total damage done to your home.

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Roof Flashing – Weatherproofing Material to Protect Roof Joints

GAF Flashing

The major purpose of any roof is to keep out the rain. For many the only time they give their roof any thought is when it falls in this one duty. Many people see the roof as a single thing, a layer of shingles nailed to a wooden plane. But it’s a lot more complex than that, especially when you account for the fact that most roofs aren’t a simple uninterrupted plane. They have ridges and valleys where two planes meet, they have holes cut into them for chimneys, vents, and skylights, and the edges of the roof themselves. This is where roof flashing becomes critical to the roof’s ability to protect your home.

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Why You Should Install Attic Ventilation

Attic Ventilation Ideas

Often the attic attracts the old odds and ends that are unwanted in house. They could be heirlooms, seasonal equipment, old clothes, or the iconic treadmill. Attics are great places to store things we don’t want think about. Accordingly, attics aren’t something you should have to think about. However, attics are an important part of the house, with significant effects on the health of your roof and energy conservation. Attic ventilation is important. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, you may find it causing too many problems to ignore.

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Understanding The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Everyone has had a bad experience with a less than satisfactory transaction. When you by something, you want to know that you’re going to get your money’s worth. Whether it is as simple as a roll of tape that isn’t sticky, or as bad as an under-performing car: feeling ripped off, deceived, or cheated is an awful feeling. It’s worse if you can’t get your money back. The Good Housekeeping seal of approval is a valuable effort to stop that from happening.

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Roof Leaks: Damage and False Positives

Roof Leaks: Damage and False Positives

A roof’s primary job is to keep the outside out, and the inside in. Probably the most important part of that mission? Keeping the rain out. So when you find the tell-tale signs of water making it into your home, dread and panic might take hold. Roof leaks must be acted on quickly, so your best option is to immediately contact a roofing specialist. They can often provide a free estimate, which includes the source of the leak and cost to repair it. While waiting, try and figure out where the water is coming from.

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Soffit Issues and Repairs

Soffit Issues and Repairs

Your house is a complicated structure, and the first time you learn about a piece of it might be when that part of your home becomes problematic. Through your research, advice from family, friends, or neighbors, or perhaps using the free quote offered by many home contractors, you’ve found an issue with your home eaves, and started to learn a bit about the anatomy of them: particularly the soffit. In this article we’ll go over the what the soffit is and does, common soffit issues and their causes, and learn about what you need to do to repair or replace them.

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Repair or Replace Your Roof

Repair or Replace Your Roof

If your roof has sustained damage, you’re probably thinking “Will a repair be sufficient or do I need to replace it?” It’s important to know the correct answer. Replacing your roof is certainly more expensive, but it’s not as expensive as repairing a roof which actually needs to be replaced. Here are some tips so you can have an informed conversation with your roofer.

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Preparing Your House for Winter: Frequently Asked Questions

Inspect your roof, siding and windows to ready your home for winter

As we rocket through the end of November we can already feel the temperature dropping and, if we listen closely enough, we can hear Santa’s sleigh bells beginning to ring. With this brings not only temperatures below freezing, but also snow and ice. Last year was a busy year for homeowners who realized during the Nor’easter was playing havoc with their homes, businesses, and heating bills. Today we answer some of the common questions we’ve seen since last year for preparing your house for winter.

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