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We had hail damage in 2011, which totaled the roof on our house. I called Nathan at Covenant Roofing and was very pleased with his professionalism and the extent that he helped us through the entire claims and installation process. As a very busy physician I needed a company I could trust to honestly and accurately handle it all, leaving me and my family stress and worry free. Nathan also suggested several helpful upgrades and recommended the highest quality materials. The roofing crew were well managed by Nathan during the project, and were very respectful and cleaned up the property when they were finished. They did an excellent job on a very large, complex roof and I highly recommend them to anyone.
Covenant came out after my Insurance Adjustor came out who claimed that there was no damage. I was very surprised to hear my adjustor tell me this considering most of my neighbors were getting their roofs replaced. Covenant came out, marked the hail and organized a re-inspection on my roof. The new adjustor agreed with Covenant that it had enough damage for them to pay for it. Concerning the roof, Covenant recommended that I change the color. This was difficult for us considering we have had the same roof for the last 30-35 years. They installed the Merlot roof and we are very happy with all the color this roof has in it. They also took my screens in to get them repaired. I would recommend Covenant Roofing to anyone looking for a new roof.
I can't thank you enough for the job Covenant Roofing did for us. The service, advice, and help with our insurance company was fantastic from beginning to end. Since I know nothing about roofing and don't have much experience dealing with insurance companies we truly appreciated having an experienced professional walk us through it and explain to us in simple terms what we needed and why. Without you I don't think I would have know or appreciated the importance of installing a hail impact rated roof, and the radiant barrier plywood has drastically reduced the heat in our attic. My wife was particularly pleased with the care your work crew took to insure we suffered no damage to the rest of our house, bushes, and patio equipment. I have heard a lot of stories of destroyed shrubbery by roofing crews but ours was careful and cleaned up meticulously. Thanks for all you help!
"I had leakage in my ceilings as a result of the Labor Day storm last year so I decided that it was about time to bite the bullet and re-roof my house. I responded to a questionnaire I received on the internet regarding roofing services and received responses from about five separate roofing companies; one of them being Covenant Roofing. Consequently, I had a representative from the five companies provide me bids for the project. Two of the bids I considered more credible than the others; again one of them was from Covenant Roofing. Covenant provided not only an estimate on-line but also what they referred to as a "Welcome Pak" that provided information on the manufacturers of the materials that they used and helped explain the various line items of the estimate but also included references and pictures of their completed work. I had a representative of both favorable companies come back to the house to discuss their estimates. It was during this discussion that Nathan told me that in his opinion there was evidence of wind and hail damage on the existing roof. He suggested that I have my homeowner's agent come take a look at it. Before I made arrangements with the insurance company I called the representative of the other company to ask him if he thought that there was evidence of storm damage to the existing roof. He said no. So I made arrangements with the insurance company to send a representative out to examine the roof. Nathan was also present during the inspection to point out the locations that he thought were damaged. At the conclusion of the inspection the inspector announced that he concurred with Nathan and that he would recommend having the insurance company pay for the complete replacement of the roof and gutters. Obviously, Covenant Roofing won the bid.I had to wait a few weeks between the time I signed the contract and the time that the work actually began. This was helpful as it provided time for my wife and I to decide on the color scheme. When work actually began it took the crew about three days to rip off two layer of the existing roofing the existing decking on the south facing half of the roof, replace the decking with an aluminum foil-faced composite board, place a heavy-duty ice and water shield within the valleys and sheds south facing roof, and place Owens Corning Storm shingles. The workers worked long hours beginning early in the morning and completing their work for the day after darkness had fallen. They kept the area fairly clean of debris and extra material during construction, and were careful to clean up the yard area of debris and nails upon completion. Nathan came by as a final check to pull a magnetic roller over the surface and looked for stray nails.The roof looks good, all the shingles are aligned properly. There are no humps or raised areas. I had no leakage this winter as a result of the ice and snow storm in February and March. Al in all I'm very pleased with their work and especially the assistance that Nathan provided with my insurance company. I would recommend their work and services to anyone." Prairie Village
"I had Covenant Roofing come out and take a look at my old wood shake roof for hail damage after many roofers knocked on my door and said that I needed to sign something in order for them to look at my roof. I was uncomfortable with this and then called my insurance agent who then highly recommended Covenant to honestly assess the damage on my roof. I am in my eighties and I wanted to make sure that I could trust the company that was up on my roof. Covenant found damage and even met the adjustor at my house to inspect the roof that next week. The adjustor totalled my wood shake roof and I had told Covenant that I did not want a "flat asphalt roof," I wanted it to look more like wood shake. The asphalt roofs just dont look as good as the old wood shakes. Nathan decided that we should go look at houses around Wichita and offered to drive me around for three hours in my car as I sat in the passenger seat. We saw every type of roof there is and finally decided that the Decra stone coated steel XD panel was what I liked and that it looked more like a wood shake roof than many of the others. I decided to spend more than what my insurance company allowed but I am so happy with my roof and my friends and neighbors are always quick to tell me how much they like it. I absolutely would recommend Covenant and Nathan to anyone looking for a new roof."
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.