A home showing roof damage from a fallen tree after a hurricane

Packed with extraordinary weather events, 2017 was a rough year, especially for homeowners in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, where three major hurricanes caused extensive damage to homes and properties. While a lot of the damage was done by flood waters, many homeowners are facing roof repairs as well.. Increasingly severe hurricanes, tornadoes, rain and hail storms like we’ve seen in the last few years can amount to a lot of roof damage, putting a strain on homeowners and service providers, from insurance carriers to roofing contractors, and leaving panicked homeowners wondering what to do.

Homeowners facing mainly roof repairs can take some comfort knowing things could have been worse. Many people lost their entire home in devastating flooding that accompanied the storms. But moderate to severe roof damage alone can keep you out of your home and be very costly, even more so if handled incorrectly. If you’re a property owner dealing with roof damage in the aftermath of a hurricane, severe tropical storm or similar event, it’s important to know what to do and how to prioritize to protect your property from further harm.

Handle Immediate Roof Concerns

Damaged home with tarp-covered roof after tornadoes hit

Returning to your home after a hurricane can be worrisome until you can get a good look and see the extent of the damage. Even if your roof looks good, if you can get up close, take a full walk around the house. Real damage will be obvious, but if there is even debris on the roof, you should plan to have a roofer do a full inspection in case there is hidden or minor damage that can lead to big problems later if not dealt with right away. Whatever the damage, be prepared to take control of the situation quickly to begin the process of recovery and repair. If your roof has suffered severe damage, but the home itself is relatively intact, you’ll want to find a professional roofer to stabilize the situation and schedule repairs.

Call your regular roofer first to see if they can prioritize you. They can do a quick inspection and help you come up with a plan. If you find you can’t get a roofer out right away, use a local tree service, construction or handyman service for handling the most urgent issues, like tree removal or adding a tarp. Be sure to check them out before hiring them. Removing these biggest hazards might tide you over while you wait for a roof repair appointment.

Meanwhile, take photos of your roof for insurance purposes, then tarp the damaged areas until repairs can begin. Firmly secure tarps up and over the ridges of your roof to prevent more water from entering your home. You can pay a roofing company to tarp your house and usually recoup the expense from your insurance company. Sometimes you can apply for tarp installation assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA under its Operation Blue Roof program, which is free of charge to qualifying homeowners.

Builder And Client Inspecting Roof Damage Together

Moving quickly after a storm may help you to book a local roofer. However, if it turns out there’s a long waiting list with local roofing contractors, which happens quickly after storms, don’t be tempted to hire out-of-town “storm chasers” who might perform shoddy work or take your money and never complete the repairs. If your roof isn’t leaking or has only minimal damage, schedule your roofer farther out or wait a few weeks to book one. This allows demand, and prices, to go down and scammers to leave the area.

Tips on Filing Post-Hurricane Insurance Claims

It’s your responsibility to immediately file an insurance claim for roof damage. Dealing with your insurance company can be a real headache. Not only are their staff overwhelmed with work, the companies are already taking huge losses following a hurricane and probably trying to pay out as little as possible on claims. Especially if recovery from the storm is going to be a large project with multiple policies affected in your area, you may need help to get the attention and solution you need. In this situation, you can hire a public insurance adjuster to help you negotiate your claim. Remember, adjusters from your insurance company represent the company’s interests, not yours. A public adjuster is there to represent you and help level the playing field. They know what kind of documentation is required, understand what your insurance policy covers, and argues for a fair settlement that’s typically higher than what you’d receive on your own.

If you don’t have enough insurance, the right kind of insurance, or you have no insurance at all on your property, FEMA may be the best place to look for help.

Choosing a Hurricane Repair Roofing Contractor

When you’re ready to start repairs, it’s important to make sure you will have a sound roof that’s properly installed by trained and experienced professional roofers. This is especially important if you live in a storm-prone area, as a poorly installed roof is more easily damaged by high winds that sweep under loose or incorrectly installed tiles, or by leaks that form in improperly sloped or poorly drained areas where the water then pools and damages the roof, sometimes through many layers, resulting in water stains, mold, termites and other problems.

picture of the roof of a house

Shopping local for a professional roofer is essential, especially during the chaos of a post-storm recovery since many would-be roofers start to show up from out of town. A good place to start is a roofer you know and trust, or ask friends, neighbors or local businesses you trust. As you do your own search, review the roofer’s website. Check for history, licensing information and things like their gallery of work, testimonials, online reviews or news articles. Even if you’re in a hurry, always get a written quote and have the roofer explain the work to you in detail. Before signing any contract, read it carefully and ask important questions like: Are you licensed, bonded and insured? Can you give me references? How long have you been in business? What is your business’ physical address?

Never hire someone who knocks on your door offering to fix your roof. This is probably a scam artist or inexperienced roofer, since legitimate roofing contractors are going to be way too busy to solicit new business in this manner. You can also call FEMA at 800-621-3362 for a list of legitimate, pre-screened roofing contractors in your area.

Avoiding Scam Artists after the Storm

man knocking on a door scam artist

It’s unfortunate, but major disasters bring out con artists preying on vulnerable victims. Hurricanes are no different. Scammers flood areas with widespread damage peddling construction and insurance scams. Unqualified people or outright scam artists may pose as construction contractors, public insurance adjusters, insurance agents, emergency management or disaster relief personnel and more.

Protect yourself by always asking for credentials/photo identification, even if they’re wearing a shirt with a company or government logo. Roofing contractors and public insurance adjusters should be able to supply their license number, which is verifiable through state offices. Never give anyone cash upfront for any type of construction or insurance services or buy insurance after a disaster from someone claiming it covers pre-existing damages. If you suspect fraudulent activity report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 866-720-5721.

About Prestige Roofing in Las Vegas

While there aren’t hurricanes in Las Vegas, the area is sometimes pounded by high desert winds, monsoon rains and even lightning strikes that can cause roof damage. Prestige Roofing can help keep your roof in good shape to better handle bad weather, and we can repair your roof in case of damage from wind and storms. We also build quality new roofs with material like tile, copper, CeDUR, shingle, flat or other roofing materials for your roof replacement or new roof project. Contact us for a free in-home or office estimate for any of your home or business roofing needs.

8 Steps to Your New Roof

Making a roof replacement is a big decision for homeowners. It’s helpful to understand the process before you begin so you can plan ahead. You want to be confident that your replacement roof will be one that will be just right for your home. Ideally, it will look great, be low maintenance and do its job to protect your home for decades to come. Understanding what’s involved, selecting the right roof and hiring the right professional roofer to install it are all important to the success of your roof replacement project.

To help you understand the issues involved in a reroofing project, here are eight steps you can expect when you replace your roof:

1. Roof Inspection Appointment

Your roof replacement or repair project starts with a roof inspection appointment with a qualified roofer.  Our Prestige Roofing expert will inspect your roof and study the basic structure of your home that supports the roofing system. Once we’ve finished, we’ll go over our findings, including the condition of your roof and any issues we found with it, as well as any roof repairs we recommend. If you need a roof replacement, we’ll explain why, so you can make a well-informed decision.

woman on sofa in front of leaking roof calling her roofer for helpHere are some of things we’ll look for in a roof inspection:

  • Cracked, broken or missing tiles or shingles, how many and where they are.
  • Signs of leaks, holes, gaps or tears in your roofing material.
  • Check for signs of moisture and mold.
  • Test the flashing, gutters and other roof fixtures for damage or loose parts.
  • Visit your attic to look for stains or other signs of air or water leakage, and to examine the roof structure and insulation.
  • Ask about changes you have experienced in your heating or cooling patterns – this could indicate air leakage in your home.
  • Understand the type of roof structure you have, the underlayment and measure the pitch of your roof. This information will help us design the right repairs or replacement roof for your home.

If you will need a roof replacement, we’ll help you decide on the roofing materials you want for your home.  We can provide information on the pros and cons of different types of roofing, and help you make sure your new roof fits well with your home and your community, and that it meets your HOA requirements, if applicable.

Be sure to ask your roofer questions before you hire them. For a project as important as a roof replacement, it’s important to choose a licensed, experienced roofer you can trust.  

2. Get a Roofing Quote

Following the inspection, your roofing quote will provide the cost of the project, including the cost of the roofing material option you have selected. We are happy to go over the quote with you and answer any further questions you have. Our quote is free and the decision whether or not to proceed is entirely up to you. Here are some things to think about before you decide:

  • Can roof repair take care of the problem or will it come back in the future?  If the problem may not be fully cleared up, replacement is the best choice.
  • Damaged, aged or weakened roofs left in place may be more expensive to fix later if they result in mold build-up inside walls and ceilings or cause damage to your walls, belongings, appliances or fixtures inside the home.
  • Air leaks lead to higher energy costs. Besides fixing the leaks, today’s new roofs are more energy efficient than older ones.
  • With a new roof, your home will look better and newer so you can enjoy pride of ownership.
  • A new roof increases the value of your home and gives it great “curb appeal”.
  • You may qualify for an insurance discount (check your homeowner’s insurance policy).

3. Protect Your Property

Once our team arrive on site to begin work on your roof replacement, the first step we take is to ensure that all of your property is safe from harm. This will include shielding your siding, gutters, plants, walkways, walls, awnings, and anything else that could get damaged during the replacement process. Our experienced roofers are trained to follow the best safety practices when they work, not only to protect themselves but also to protect you and your property.

4. Remove of Your Old Roofing

The next step in the roof replacement process is to remove and discard your old roofing.  Old tiles or shingles will be pulled up and removed from the decking underneath. Our staff will accumulate and New roof under construction with wooden beams waterproofing layer for corner and natural tileremove all the debris from your property so you don’t have to deal with cleanup.

5. Inspect the Roof Foundation

The health of your roof starts from the inside out. Once we’ve removed the outer roofing materials, we’ll inspect the inside layers for cracks, tears or missing or broken components, and repair or replace them before we lay down new materials.  We’ll deal with structural or other issues before we move on to the roof installation steps.

6. Prepare Your Roof for the New Roofing Materials

Whether you have chosen concrete tiles, metal, like copper or zinc, or another roofing material like CeDur shakes, your roof must be prepared for this final external layer to be installed. The underlayment is a waterproof membrane that lies under your roof tiles to prevent water and moisture from penetrating into your home. This is the most important part of your roof in keeping it dry and leak free. We’ll replace the worn out membrane with fresh material to provide the best protection for your home.

7. Roofing Installation

It’s finally time for us to install your new roofing materials. The process depends on the layout of your roof and the materials you have chosen. With tile or shingles, we’ll usually start at the eaves and work our way in as the materials are layered to allow for the most efficient rain runoff pattern, and of course, to look great from afar.  We’ll finish off with installing flashing, gutters and other roof fixtures, like those that provide openings to vent kitchen and other appliances in the home.

Las vegas roof restoration8. Final Inspection and Cleanup

With your new roof now completely installed, our roofing experts will give it one final inspection to ensure that every last detail is up to spec.  Our team will also take care to clean up any materials that may be lying around. If we have brought a dumpster for your old materials, we will haul that away from your property. We want to leave your property looking like we had never been there at all, save of course for your beautiful new roof.  

Get Answers to your Questions on Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof need not be a complicated or confusing process, and it is one that we at Prestige Roofing have been perfecting since 1995. If you have any question about our roof replacement process or would like to schedule your free appointment to have your roof inspected, call or contact us today.

Vintage Las Vegas home with aging shake roofingOne of the great things about being a Las Vegas roofer is being able to work on projects that reflect our community’s historic and sometimes colorful past. We’ve worked on many celebrity homes, some restored classic beauties and others completely new or remodeled, as well as landmark public buildings, like the new Nevada Supreme Court building in Las Vegas. But one recent project gave us a real sense of the history of Las Vegas in its mid-20th-century heyday, when the casinos rocked with swinging bands and crooners, and the locals spread out into new suburbs to occupy brand new, sprawling ranch-CeDUR shake roof replacement in Las Vegas on viintage ranch homestyle homes with seemingly endlessly large desert yards and driveways long enough to fit those really long cars everyone was driving.

Recently Prestige Roofing was commissioned to install a new roof on a vintage Las Vegas ranch style home, in a neighborhood that was home to many casino owners and entertainers. The son of the original owner is restoring the home for his mother and was insistent on maintaining the original look and feel of the home.

CeDUR Shakes: Perfect Choice for Vintage Las Vegas Roof Replacement

In keeping with the homeowner’s wish to retain its historic style, but also wanting to install a durable, trouble-free roof replacement that would both beautify and protect this vintage home, Prestige selected img_2180CeDUR Shake roofing for the project.  CeDUR was not only a perfect match for the original hand split cedar shakes, but it is also fireproof and a highly durable, weather-resistant and long-lasting roofing material. We have never seen a better match to a wood shake roof than we had with this project.

Our primary objective, of course, was to retain the home’s historic, retro styling. CeDUR was a perfect choice, not only exactly replicating the look of classic cedar shakes, but also because, among its many durable qualities, CeDUR’s state-of-the-art material is highly UV resistant, a great choice for our harsh desert sun. This beautiful look will last longer than if we had installed actual wood shakes, which are subject to drying, cracking, rotting and other natural processes.

Roof of home with new CeDUR shake roofing showing how it looks just like wood roofThe CeDUR roof on this wonderful classic Las Vegas home is going to look great for many decades to come. We recommend it to any client with an aging, leaking or damaged wood shake or shingle roof that needs to be replaced. It’s also a wonderful upgrade to asphalt roofing or in any case where a traditional roofing look is appropriate.

An investment in quality CeDUR shakes, which are warrantied 50 years, will take your home through the next half century in Las Vegas.  Who knows what changes we will see in the next few decades, but since this is Las Vegas, we know they’ll be interesting, and we look forward to the challenges of finding the perfect roofing solutions for all of them!

Find out more about CeDUR here or give us a call for more information.