When the hail storms come, Absolute is ready to help you

March 9, 2018

Mrs. Manning is worried that her roof might not survive the upcoming rains. She is more worried about the hail storms than anything else. Her house is about 30 years old and repairs have been minimal.

Last year the roof almost gave in due to a fierce hailstorm. To avoid sleepless nights, she is considering a roof replacement before the rains set in.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hail causes about $1 billion in damages every year. The typical months for hailstorms are May through September. In the US the top five states that are affected by hail storms every year are Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Oklahoma. A report by Verisk Insurance Solutions in August 2014 showed that in 14 years (2000-2013) insurance companies have paid out $54 billion for damages caused by hailstorms.

What to do if you’ve been hit by hail ?

Regular inspection of roofs is recommended if you want to avoid large and expensive roof repairs. Damages due to hailstorms can be overwhelming. If you think hailstorms can only destroy your beautiful garden, you’re mistaken. Along with uprooted trees and branches strewn all over the place,  your roof could also be extensively damaged.

Roof damage can be the cause of leaky ceilings, which can damage the interiors of your house and your precious belongings.

So how do you determine what damage has been done to your roof after one such hailstorm?

  • The first step is to check your gutters after a hailstorm. Large dents or cracks in them is a sign that your gutter needs a thorough inspection.Large hailstorms can break the shingles (individual overlapping elements on your roof) on your roof.
  • Damaged granules most often than not could get dislodged from the shingles and collect in your gutter downspouts.
  • Older roofs are more susceptible to damage.  Over time the base of the roof is exposed to the elements, which causes wear and tear of the roof.
  • Schedule a roof inspection after a hailstorm, to assess if there’s any damage. Most roofing companies offer free roof inspection. Even if you are tempted to do the inspection yourself you must avoid it as it can be dangerous.

Calling your insurance company

Call your insurance company as soon as you realize that a hailstorm has damaged your roof. If you neglect the initial damage, it could turn out very expensive in the long run. Make sure that it is repaired and ready to weather further storms.

Many insurance companies refuse to pay if they feel that the documentation isn’t accurate. It’s important that you take pictures of the extent of damages to your roof. It will help add weight to your case when you file a claim.

After you’ve filed your claim, you’ll need a qualified contractor with good credentials to fix the damage.

You should ask for quotes from multiple contractors who offer this service in your area. The key is to make sure that the roofing contractor is qualified and insured. The roofing contractor should also be able to determine the extent of damage and if the amount that you could claim.

When the insurance company visits your home for inspection be sure to have a qualified contractor with all your evidence (the pictures that you clicked after the storm). This will help you to claim the right amount and also make sure the insurance company doesn’t lowball you.

If after inspection, the inspector decides that your roof doesn’t qualify for insurance then don’t feel disheartened. Your local roofer will be able to guide through various alternatives to get your roof repaired.

How to choose the best roofing company?

Determining which roofing company would be best for your roof repair job can be a bit of a challenge. You want to make sure that you get the best services at a reasonable cost. Here are a few pointers that will help you decide on the roofing company that’s best for you.

  • Find out how long the roofing company has been in service. Look for a well-established roofing company that has been in service for a long time. If they didn’t provide great service, they wouldn’t be in business for long. 
  • Look for the companies reviews on social media platforms, Google MyBusiness or Yelp. You can decide after reading the experiences of other people who have used the services of the company. 
  • A trustworthy contractor will have all the required licenses and accreditations.  
  • A genuine contractor will not rush you through inspections and will be kind and courteous. 
  • Choose a contractor/company who specialize in hail claims 
  • A roofing contractor should also be able to explain which repairs are absolutely mandatory and why.

Contact Absolute Construction for a FREE inspection today!

The 3 Major Signs of Shingle Damage

Bruised Shingles

Functional hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs is characterized by a localized loss of granules, usually circular in shape, and a fracture in the mat. … Industry studies have shown that softness in the mat, commonly called a bruise, is indicative of a fracture on the bottom side of the shingle or in the mat. For homeowners in the Dallas area, hailstorms are just an expected occurrence which is what causes the shingle bruising. It’s important that you get an inspection done right away after a hailstorm, because homeowners insurance policies will often cover damage related to hail, but the longer you wait to inspect and report it, the less likely they will be able to cover it.

Missing Shingles

A bad storm rolls through and causes tree branches to fall down, knocks garbage cans over, and tears some shingles off your roof. We all know that missing shingles are unsightly, but how do they cause leaks? After all, just because one shingle is missing doesn’t mean the roof is open, does it?

Actually, the truth is that if only one shingle or one shingle tab is missing, your roof may be okay for a little while. Felt paper is installed under the shingles for the purpose of keeping water out in case of a shingle failure. However, felt paper weathers quickly and is not completely waterproof. Eventually, it will age and deteriorate, causing a leak. The felt paper only gives you a little bit of time to have the shingles replaced.

Fortunately, this problem is usually pretty easy to spot with a quick inspection because you will see the area of your roof that has shingles missing. You can also check around your yard for shingle segments if you suspect that the wind might have damaged your roof.

Curling, Blistering, or Buckling Shingles

Extreme heat temperatures can also present potential danger to your roofing in Dallas, and if you miss the signs of the damage it could become a problem with a roof leak sooner than later.

  • Blistering. Most often a sign that moisture has built up inside the shingle, blistering shingles show signs of bubble or blisters on their surface. Blistering can be a natural aging process for roofs, but it’s also an indication that the attic isn’t properly ventilated, or that leaf and debris has built up on the roof. In regions of the country where exposure to the sun is high, blistering is also common.
  • Curling. Unfortunately, curling is a common problem in roofs. Easy to spot since curling shingles disrupts the uniform look of the roof, the cause is often improper storage of the shingles prior to installation. Alternatively, some additional causes of curling include improper installation, a very dry asphalt base, poor quality shingles and natural wear and tear. The problem with curling shingles is that they leave the structure underneath exposed to the elements, making the structure vulnerable to water damage.
  • Buckling. Similar to curling shingles, buckling shingles are caused by many of the same problems, such as poor ventilation and installation. However, shingles that buckle may also appear due to poor fastening during installation, using nails that are too long, or poor back coating.

6 Issues to be aware of with flat roofs

February 13, 2018

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your commercial flat roof is essential for the amount of time the roof will last. There are a number of problems that can occur on your flat roof over time and it is important to know how to spot the issues and know when to seek repair from your local flat roof contractor. When seeking quality flat roof repair, you will need to confirm that your Absolute contractor is up to date with the new codes, is licensed, and respected. With Absolute Construction, you can count on us. Just as our name implies, you can rest assured that you will be given the best roofing job in the Dallas area and you have the option to be serviced with the following roofing repairs for issues like:

Ponding water

Do you have Ponding Water & HVAC Units: Is There a Connection? If you’ve got one or more HVAC units sitting atop your flat commercial roof, there’s a good chance you’ve also got ponding issues. Every owner of a building with a flat roof is familiar with the problem of ponding — water accumulating in low spots on flat roofs. What you may not know, however, is that your HVAC unit may actually be contributing to the problem. Contact Absolute Construction and we will send one of our guys out for FREE to make sure this isn’t an issue.

Flashing seams / missing nails

Flashing refers to the materials used in joints on the roof or walls of your home. Its job is to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage to the home’s walls and ceilings, causing structural damage to the home, or creating moisture and mold problems throughout the home.

On the roof flashing is found anywhere there is an elevation transitions in a roof line. This includes valleys, around chimneys and pipes, around dormers, and around any skylights or other structures that come up through the roof. Flashing is also commonly found beneath the first course of bricks on a home or chimney, above all wood trim around doors and windows, and where stairs and decks attach to the home.

Corrosion areas on metal surfaces

To better understand a corroding roof, let’s start with how metal roofs are actually made and the benefits of having a corrugated metal roof. Sheets of flat steel are fed from a roll onto a metal forming machine. The sheets are flattened, then formed and vary in size depending on the roof sheet specification. They are then cut to set lengths by guillotine and treated at each end. The cut ends or cut edges are a weak point that will require maintenance throughout the lifespan of the roof.

SPF roof air/moisture pockets

If you’re asking the question ‘What is Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing’ you are likely new to commercial roofing or looking to replace/repair your roof.

Either way, we can help.

Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that is sprayed as a liquid so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof. While SPF roofing is not the most known type of roofing material, the technology has been around since the early 1960s for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. An SPF roofing system can be used in any climate, and when properly installed and maintained, can last over 50 years.

Damaged surfaces

Puddles that have collected in various places is a symptom of an initial improper installation, and can lead to a leaky roof. Metal that appears to be rusty has corroded, telling you that in that area the roof has lost its protective sealant. If your flat roof has missing pieces of flashing and is also missing nails, this could be a sign of serious damage caused by prolonged exposure and strong winds. This can cause more problems involving a loss of protection in the future, and should be assessed as soon as possible before these common problems turn into a nightmare! With cracks, tears, and especially missing essential roofing pieces, leaks are bound to happen sooner than later.

Sometimes the damage that has occurred can leave you feeling indecisive and wondering what to do concerning your roofs condition. Repairing and maintaining can increase the lifespan of your roof, but if the roof has not been maintained properly, and the damage is well beyond normal, replacing the flat roof on your commercial building may be your best bet. The only way to be certain is to schedule a FREE inspection with Absolute Construction.


10 Reasons why you need to contact a roofer

January 17, 2018

10 Reasons why you need to contact a roofer

People always ask Absolute Construction “How do I know when I need to call a roofer?” So, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 reasons why to call a roofer. Some of the issues don’t always mean needing a new roof. Sometimes it can be as simple as making a patch or putting in new flashing, but you’ll never know unless you call a professional.

  1. Roof Age – Let’s say your roof’s 20th birthday is approaching. Since it’s kept you warm and sheltered from all the elements, doesn’t it deserve a check-up? Absolute Construction will come out and inspect you roof for FREE. We operate using industry standard estimating software to ensure pricing agreement with your insurance carrier. “An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years,” says Claude McGavic, executive director of The National Association of Home Inspectors. “If you have a 30-year-old roof, there could be a problem — even if it looks good from the ground.”
  2.  Shingles Curling and Buckling –  Curling Or buckling shingles. Shingles that are curled or buckling is one of the first signs that a new roof is needing to be installed. Typically, curling shingles occur due to aging, moisture, and excessive heat. If your shingles look like something is underneath them or pushing them upward, you need to call Absolute Construction right away. You also may have curling shingles, where the center of the shingle looks concave and the edges turn up. Both issues are noticeable from ground level and require the attention of a qualified contractor.
  3. Roof Valleys –  Roof valleys are the V shaped metal channels that run up and down the ‘folds’ of a roof. Valley replacements are fairly common – especially on tiled roofs, because the old valleys used to be galvanized and they start corroding with time especially in the fall when they trap leaves.
  4. Missing Shingles –  With all the high winds that are coming with spring, there is a pretty good chance you could be missing some shingles. Once the underside of the shingles is exposed to the wind, the lifting and tearing force can easily defeat the roofing nails that hold the shingle in place. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new roof. A roof patch will probably suffice. 
  5. Chimney Flashing –  A leaky chimney can be a real headache and cause all sorts of problems which require costly repair.  Usually the source of the trouble is faulty flashing. The flashing is sheet metal installed for the purpose of ensuring that the connection between the chimney and roof is watertight, but the effectiveness of flashing eventually expires.  This is something we can usually get you insurance to pay for if we are already replacing your roof.
  6. Shingle Granules in The Gutters – Normal Mineral Granule Loss on a Asphalt Shingle Roof that is 2 or more years old is totally normal and its part of the wear and tear over time. But granule loss on a new asphalt roof is a problem. Loose mineral granules wash down the roof and will appear in gutters and at the ends of downspouts.
  7. Daylight through the roof boards –  If your home has an attic, be sure to check whether you can see any daylight streaming through the roof boards. You should also check to see whether there is any moisture present in the insulation. Knowing when to call in an Absolute Construction contractor can help ensure your home is completely protected from possible leaks.
  8. Cracked Shingles – Asphalt shingle cracks due to thermal splitting & defective product. At Absolute Construction, we work with the best Asphalt shingles on the market.
  9. The Roof Just Looks Old & Worn –  you roof is looking tired give Absolute Construction a call. It may be time to put on a new roof before cracked and missing shingles start happening.
  10. Bald Spots Where Granules Are Missing –  Shingles have a sealant on their underside that helps hold the shingles in place. If the shingles become old and bald, the sealant can fail and the shingles, even when nailed down properly, the shingles can come loose in severe winds. This can also lead to leaks which will cause water damage later.