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Don’t Let Hidden Hail Damage Ruin Your Property’s Roof

You might think that your roof looks fine, but it could be the victim of hidden hail damage. After all, more than 30 severe storms dropped one-inch hail or larger across DFW and East Texas, and that’s just since the beginning of this year. This is large enough to cause some serious roofing problems, and your property likely got hit.

“Oftentimes, you can’t see damage from the ground,” explained Stonewater Roofing senior sales representative Anayo Onyi, “and if you do see anything that looks like a disturbance, you can’t really identify it without being up on the roof.” So, there is only one sure way to make sure that hidden hail damage doesn’t become a major problem.

“Your next step is to have a qualified professional — Stonewater Roofing — come up and inspect the damage for you,” Onyi said.

Stonewater Roofing’s experts provide a complete health check of your property. “We look for primary and collateral damage. So, primary damage would be to the shingles themselves. Collateral damage is to soft metals, window screens, gutters and things like that,” Onyi said. “All that kind of just helps to paint a picture of what actually occurred and the extent of the damage.”

Inspecting your roof yourself is not recommended. First, you are likely not trained in how to spot damage. But most importantly, it can be very dangerous if you were to slip and fall. “It’s kind of a waste of time, unnecessary risk,” Onyi stated. “It’s best to have somebody that does that day in, day out come and give you a professional inspection.”

In just 15 minutes, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing the status of your roof, and you’ll know what the next step is to staying protected. “If you don’t have any storm damage, great,” Onyi added. “But if there’s a potential issue that might cause a leak later down the line, then I’m going to point that out to you.”

Ready for your free damage assessment? Contact us today and make sure that your home or business is safe from the next storm.

Stonewater Uses Only The Best Roofing Materials From GAF

Do not get sold by sales tricks. Choose a company that uses only the best materials from GAF, the nation’s largest roofing manufacturer.

Go ahead and ask your roofing contractor if they are going to use GAF materials. See if they don’t try to sell you on something that is supposedly “better” (actually just cheaper for them). If they are using GAF materials, be sure to find out if your roof will have a full GAF system: synthetic underpayment (not black felt paper), real starter shingles, leak barrier protection and attic ventilation.

If it is not a full GAF system, you will not get the GAF Wind Proven Warranty of unlimited wind speeds.

“You may also want to inquire how you can get a 10-year or even a 25-year labor warranty,” added Stonewater Roofing co-owner and COO Jacob Law. “Unfortunately, most will not be authorized to offer it to you.”

When you choose Stonewater Roofing, the full GAF system is standard. If your project is an insurance claim, we only require that you follow the law and pay your deductible. You will receive the full GAF system at no extra cost.

Together with GAF, Stonewater Roofing helps you protect what matters most!

Wind Can Be More Damaging To Your Roof Than Hail

It makes perfect sense that hailstones would cause damage to your home’s roof. After all, we’re talking about chunks of ice barreling down onto your property at a high rate of speed. But even storms that do not have much hail can be destructive to your roof. That is because wind has the power to rip away entire pieces of your home’s protective top layer.

Such a storm was felt recently in the DFW area. There were very few reports of hail, but winds reaching up to 80 mph knocked down trees and power lines, damaged buildings and even toppled a crane in downtown Dallas. It might not be the kind of storm that has homeowners thinking about roof repairs, but that is a mistake.

According to the National Weather Service, some slight roof damage can occur with just 45 mph winds, even though this is considered to be a “non-severe” storm. A traditional “severe” storm features winds of at least 58 mph, and definitely has the potential to rip apart a home’s roof. Wind speeds above 75 mph will likely cause widespread roof damage.

The effects of strong winds on a home can be pretty interesting, because the damage is not done in a uniform manner. Wind tends to cause the greatest amount of damage along the edges of a roof, or in areas that were damaged by a previous storm. Those are the places where the shingles can most easily be ripped away from your property.

Much of the reasoning is based in science. Wind pressure is greater along a home’s perimeter, and lower in the middle sections of a home’s roof. Also, there are two types of pressure: positive and negative. The positive pressure creates a pushing effect while the negative pressure is more like a suction. Your roof will experience both kinds of pressure. The section of your roof that sees each type of pressure depends on the direction that the wind hits your home.

Strong winds knocked trees down onto and around a home. (credit: NOAA)

That wind pressure will cause the materials on your home’s roof to move. In areas of higher pressure (like the edges) or locations where the shingles are already damaged, that movement will be greater. The problems increase exponentially from that point. Once there is a little bit of movement, it becomes easier for wind to grab that shingle and move it more, or even peel it away from the roof entirely.

This kind of roof damage usually starts very small, and is difficult for most homeowners to notice. But the problem increases with each gust of wind that blows through your area. Spots where shingles are raised, displaced or missing altogether become susceptible to water damage from rain, which can quickly lead to leaks inside of your home.

The goal is to prevent wind damage before problems become devastating, or fix your home’s issues very soon afterward. Contact the experts at Stonewater Roofing for your FREE damage assessment. We can thoroughly look over your home and let you know if recent storms have had a hazardous impact on your family’s safety.

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What Do Severe Storms Do To Your Home?

After severe storms pass through Texas, particularly those with strong winds and hail, homeowners are warned about the many dangers of roof damage. But you shouldn’t just trust the word of a roofing company. Knowledge is the key to understanding when and how to replace your roof.

That said, it is important to know what severe storms can actually do to your home.

Let’s start with the roof itself, which is fully exposed to the elements and acts as the first line of defense for your home. If the wind gusts are strong enough, a storm has the power to rip shingles from your roof, leaving that layer of protection with potentially harmful gaps. It is easy to spot missing or broken shingles because the pieces will likely be littering your yard.

Hail damage might be harder to detect, especially from the ground. Larger pieces of hail will leave bruises or holes on shingles. They appear as dark spots or dimples on the roof surface. It is difficult to say how big a hailstone must be in order to cause damage. That really depends on several factors — from the quality of your roofing materials to the slope of your roof. But, generally, anything above one inch is cause for concern.

A roof that has been damaged by hail or high winds leaves your home vulnerable, even to less severe storms. These damaged areas can turn into leaks. Every light rain that passes over your neighborhood could send water into your living area, ruining the ceiling and walls, or your family’s personal belongings down below.

Simply put, treating roof damage as soon as it occurs is the safest way to protect your home — and everything inside.

Water leaks are easy to spot, since you can inspect the damage without even going outside. First, check your attic for dripping. You may be able to hear this during a storm. Wet insulation is a sign that there is likely a leak. Also, search for discoloring on your walls and ceilings, or areas where the paint is bubbling. This could be a sign that water is getting trapped within the drywall. You may also notice (or smell) mold or mildew, another sign of a potential water leak.

Along with shingles, other parts of your home’s exterior could be damaged during a severe storm. Look for dents or dings on metal vents or chimney covers. The same can be said about any aluminum siding, metal garage doors, gutters, downspouts and outdoor air conditioning or swimming pool equipment.

There are obvious signs of storm damage as well. Cracked or broken glass on your windows and doors will be easily noticed. As one should expect, skylights are especially susceptible to breaking during a hail storm, and that could lead to a myriad of problems in the room directly below. Outdoor lights may also be destroyed by large hail. Wood fencing could become splintered.

Any of these problems could indicate possible roofing issues which are challenging for the average homeowner to identify.

If you think that your home might have storm damage, what should you do?

First, be safe. Unless you are trained at spotting roof damage and have the proper equipment to do so, it is not smart to climb onto the roof of your home. Let an expert handle this dangerous task. Contact a reputable roofing company, like Stonewater Roofing, to visit your home and perform a FREE damage assessment.

Do not call your insurance company first. Let the professionals at Stonewater Roofing determine what parts of your home need to be fixed, document the true extent of the damage and create an accurate estimate for the repairs. We make the process hassle-free and are proud to be The Leader In Insurance Claim Approval.

Stonewater Roofing genuinely wants to protect you and your family. Call us at 903-266-1205 to speak directly with one of our trained staff members if you have any questions or concerns.

New Roofs For 8 Buildings At Hideaway Lake Club

Located about 13 miles northwest of Tyler, the Hideaway Lake Club community features everything that a Texan could want in a home. The gated neighborhood offers residents a distinctive small town atmosphere within a suburban setting that’s not too far from the big city.

The community boasts three lakes, four parks, a 27-hole golf course, dining facilities… and now, a new roof atop eight buildings, thanks to Stonewater Roofing. This is sure to keep the neighborhood’s 3,000 residents safe and dry for years to come.

This amazing property has been around since 1967 and spans nearly 10 square miles.

Our skilled professionals at Stonewater Roofing used 148,000 pounds of shingles, more than 2,300 feet of gutters and more than 36,000 square feet of metal roofing to renovate the roofs of shared neighborhood facilities at the Hideaway Lake Club.

Want the same care and craftsmanship for your home, business or multi-family property?

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!

The 7 Most Disastrous DIY Roofing Mistakes

Stonewater Roofing’s expert technicians have inspected thousands of roofs in the East Texas and DFW area over the last few years. In that time, we have seen a lot of DIY roofing and remodeling projects go horribly wrong on windows, doors, ventilation, siding and, of course, roofing. In no particular order, we present the seven worst DIY roofing mistakes which homeowners perform that can lead to more problems.

  1. Reroofing by adding a new layer of shingles: We’ve torn off roofs with three layers of shingles before. The homeowners usually site that they just wanted a new color or that their previous roofer told them it was okay and a money saver. All it takes is the old bottom layer to have issues and the whole roofing system fails. This may be the worst thing we’ve seen, particularly due to the wasted money spent on the short-lived second and possible third layers. Of the worst roof repairs homeowners perform, this one can cost the most in the long run.
  2. Trimming all parts of a tree except for those overhanging the roof: Perhaps the roof makes it too hard to reach branches with an extension trimmer, or perhaps it’s just negligence. You never want branches hanging over your roof. This is asking for clogged gutters that fail and moss growth on the shingles.
  3. Power washing roofs to remove moss: Some homeowners take this a step further and sprinkle bleach on the affected area. Both of these roof “cleaning” techniques are highly destructive to shingles, not to mention unsafe!
  4. Cleaning gutters from the ground: It’s easy to spot a gutter that was improperly cleaned with an extension poll or extension hose. Sludge is often built up thick in the worst points possible. It then takes just a few bits of debris to cause a plugged-up gutter. It can literally snap, burst or break free from the roof. In some cases, we’ve seen gutters take pieces of the roof with them when they collapse.
  5. Pulling up shingles to look for leaks: Yes, most people wouldn’t do this, but it’s been done before. We often see caulking and other repairs under shingles during tear-offs. This is just asking for more leaks!
  6. Adding or repairing skylights: This is not a great DYI idea unless you are a window installer for a living. Skylights are one of the leakiest components to a roof. If not properly installed, they can wreak havoc on your roof, ceiling and room below.
  7. Doing anything to ports, vents or chimneys: This follows skylights as being something left to a professional. Chimneys feel particularly safe to work near, which is why the roofing around them tends to suffer.

There are a few rules to roof maintenance. They are constantly broken and end up costing homeowners more down the road. We hope you avoid the following:

  • Walking on your roof, no matter the grade
  • Power washing your roof or gutters
  • Patching leaks from the roof surface
  • Ignoring overhanging trees

Always seek a professional before combating roofing issues on your own, so that you don’t make these DIY roofing mistakes. What you may save now could cost you a great deal more in the future.

The professionals at Stonewater Roofing are highly skilled and experienced with exterior renovation, roofing assesment and installation. We can perform a free in-depth inspection of your roof, let you know its condition and provide a free estimate for its replacement.

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!

Comparing Three-Tab & Architectural Roofing Shingles

Texas towns are subject to a wide variety of weather. Many of the storms that impact this region make their force known upon rooftops, power lines and trees. Residents should know the differences in the two main types of roofing shingles used in the area. Choosing the right option to replace a roof is essential to withstanding wind, rain and hailstorms more effectively, and extending the life of your new roof.

Stonewater Roofing’s trained and certified technicians understand storm damage and how different shingles handle weather phenomena. They can guide you through the selection process and determine what is best for your roofing needs.

What is a three-tab shingle?

Three-Tab Shingles

Three equal cutouts, or tabs, made along the shingle’s bottom edge characterize a three-tab shingle. Three-tabs are only available in one size and shape with a uniform look. Three-tab shingles are simpler and lighter because they consist of fewer materials. These shingles usually cost less than architectural shingles, which is why some homeowners prefer them. Three-tab shingles are a cost effective choice if you have a low budget.

What is an architectural shingle?

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, which allows them to give off a dimensional look. These shingles are thicker and weigh double to triple the weight of a three-tab shingle. Due to their thickness and excellent composition, these shingles come with longer lasting warranties. Designer shingles can be made to mimic tile, cedar shake, stone and other roofing types, and tend to weigh the most.

The Shingle Showdown

Let’s see how three-tab and architectural shingles stack up in most scenarios. We looked at our own data along with industry data to showcase 10 direct comparisons.

  Three-Tab Architectural
Life Expectancy 20-25 Years 40-60 Years
Average Warranty Coverage 20 Years 50 Years
Ability to Shed Water Below Average Above Average
Curb Appeal Boost Little High
Return on Investment 44% 83%
Adds Value to Home No Yes
Handles High Winds Effectively No Yes
Handles Large Hail Effectively No Yes
Has Loads of Color Options No Yes
Overall Good Investment No Yes

In the battle of three-tab versus architectural shingles, there can only be one winner. Architectural shingles flat out win! They were engineered to perform longer and are more visually appealing on a home.

The professionals at Stonewater Roofing are highly skilled and experienced with exterior renovation, roofing assesment and installation. We can perform a free in-depth inspection of your roof, let you know its condition and provide a free estimate for its replacement.

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!

Got Hail Damage? What You Need To Know

What is hail damage?

Hail damage looks like dark spots, or bruises, where the roofing granules have been knocked away (look in the gutters for an accumulation of granules). In some cases, you may find holes, cracking or missing shingles on your roof.

Hail Damaged Roof Tiles

Where does hail damage happen?

Hail size distributions tend to be localized, with some roofs damaged and others not. Wind direction plays an important role, as well as roof pitch. A direct impact of hail on a shingle is more damaging than that of a glancing blow. Hail-damaged roof shingles show a ‘scouring’ effect in which larger, more irregularly shaped areas of shingle surface have lost granules.

Where is hail damage?

Start by looking in your roof gutters and on the ground for large amounts of mineral granules lost from the roof. Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home or business in hailstorms. A damaged shingle may allow water to seep through the roof, causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls or windows, and can cause leaking, staining on walls and flooding inside of your home.

Tips on preventing damage.

There really isn’t a way to prevent hail damage. Any roof is susceptible. Once your roof is damaged, it is imperative to get the damage assessed and repaired. If there was a hail event in your area, don’t wait! Stonewater Roofing can inspect your property and get you on the road to recovery.

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!

Tips For Finding The Best Roofing Company

With all of the pressure-filled sales pitches and roofers knocking on your door, it can be difficult to know who to hire. They all say that they are the experts, but how do you know if that’s actually true? Here are some tips for finding the best roofing company that meets your needs.

Make a list of questions to ask before hiring a roofer.

Ask detailed questions regarding the company’s methodology, and ensure you are satisfied with their responses. For example, ask about the number of nails that will be used for each shingle. Most of the time, more than three nails will be required for a good job. You don’t have to be a roofing expert, but you should do a little research to know what is necessary to get your job done.

Turn down offers made using pressure tactics.

Roofers who try to sell their product this way are not the people who you want to deal with your roof. Such shysters can be very aggressive, so do what is necessary to shut them down. Don’t let them pressure you into making a decision that makes you feel uncomfortable. Take the time to call around and learn more about them first.

Do some careful research before deciding which roofer to hire.

Never base your choice solely off of who is cheapest or who is the closest. You should be doing solid research and reading reviews about best roofing company in your area. You may utilize online resources or seek recommendations from those who you know and trust.

At Stonewater Roofing, we are thrilled to have a long list of happy customers. Check out a few of the reviews here!

Before hiring a roofer, check all credentials.

You may want to ask your friends or family for suggestions, if any of them have had their roofs done. You need to hire an excellent contractor. This is the best way to ensure that you aren’t looking at expensive repairs down the road.

Make sure credentials are up to date.

If you’re looking into hiring a roofer, you should be sure that they can provide complete credentials that are totally up to date. A license is required for roofers, generally. Check with local authorities to see of your roofer has theirs up to date. The company should also be fully insured and covered for worker’s compensation laws as well.

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!