It has been a tumultuous storm season so far in Central Pennsylvania with dozens of severe weather events that have produced destructive hail, wind and rain. According to the National Weather Service, we’ve seen 28 tornadoes so far this year, making it the sixth-highest number on record! As we push through some of the worst stretches of severe weather the area has seen in a long time, scammers are out-and-about, targeting vulnerable homeowners who want quick fixes on their damaged homes for the least amount of money.
While we all tend to look for the lowest price—that very well could be a sign of trouble. There are a few key warning signs homeowners should look for as cleanup continues in their neighborhoods. To help homeowners, we’re going to dive into the following:
- Types of Scams After a Storm
- What Homeowners Can do to Protect Themselves
The storm that rolled through New England, killing five and knocking out power to nearly 500,000 homeowners last May, unleashed destructive winds and enormous hail. Nearly a year later, home and car owners are still filing claims to repair the damage. At The Exterior Company, we find many homeowners are unaware most insurance companies’ policies only allow up to a year to file a claim. With time running out, we are reminding homeowners of the following:
- Hail Damage is Not Always Visible from the Ground
- A Free Inspection Could Save Homeowners Thousands of Dollars
- The Exterior Company is the Roofing Expert in Hail and Wind Damage
Apart from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods, the most damaging act of nature a home could endure is a hailstorm. Hail falls like icy bullets from the sky and damages roofs and walls on contact.
When siding has been subjected to a torrent of hailstones, the damage will generally show in the form of tiny indents. On siding made of wood, vinyl or aluminum, the impact marks will usually just puncture the surface. However, some hailstones do pierce holes through the surface of siding.
Few things are as beautiful as the first snowfall. But for many homeowners, the blanket of white signals the return of one of winter’s most irritating headaches — ice dams.
Whether your house has a history with ice dams or you’re a new homeowner hoping to act preventatively, keep reading to learn why ice dams form, the damage they can cause and how to get rid of them.
Flooding is one of the most severe forms of damage that can befall your property. The results of water damage, if not mitigated, are lingering and can creep up on you with devastating consequences to your home or business. Water damage must be taken very seriously and acted upon as soon as possible to minimize costly repairs.
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JAARS is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the lives and communities of people in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. By sharing God’s Word and providing Scripture to people around the world, JAARS’s missionaries, volunteers and several employees provide Bible translations in the language people understand best — their heart language. JAARS works with prayer, financial and language development partners in the U.S. to make their missions possible.
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In some of the most problematic and remote places on Earth, JAARS accomplishes Bible translations and language development. Through transportation, technology, media and training, the organization enables sustainable solutions to support…read more
Like many of life’s tough decisions, finding the right roofing contractor can be overwhelming. Purchasing a new roof or undergoing roof repairs is a significant financial investment. It’s a decision with many factors to consider. Most homeowners simply don’t have the knowledge that’s required to know when to repair or replace their roofs and what the best materials are.
That’s where choosing the right roofing contractor can make all the difference. The best roofing contractors are not only experienced and skilled in the craft of roofing, but they also have certain professional characteristics that distinguish them from the competition.
Because roofing is such a specialized skill, it’s easy for companies …read more
“Oh HAIL no!”
That’s what Richland, PA locals found themselves saying February 25th, 2017 when the town was hit with the first hail storm of the season. Homes were met with 1” hail and strong winds resulting in both hail damage and wind damage to shingles and siding.
The Exterior Company, an exterior insurance restoration company out of Lancaster, PA, will be hosting a free seminar on Wednesday, May 3rd, at the Union House Taproom and Livery, for homeowners in the Richland area who are looking to learn more about filing an insurance claim. Trained members of The Exterior Company will be there to answer questions about the effects of hail damage and wind damage as well as to schedule a free inspection. Footage of dro…read more
Hurricane Matthew officially made landfall on October 8, 2016 southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina. At the time, Matthew was classified as a Category 1 Hurricane, which means wind speed in the eye of the storm ranged from 74-95 mph. Massive flooding occurred throughout both Carolina coasts. The water level at Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC
shattered a hurricane record of 1954’s Hurricane Hazel. The wake of Matthew left 34 people dead in the United States, including 17 in North Carolina, according to Governor Pat McCrory on October 11th, 2016. For those that survived, it will soon be time to rebuild and repair all of the damage left by the merciless Hurricane Matthew.
When it comes to protecting your home, it’s what’s on top that actually matters. Common misconceptions about roofing can contribute to a false sense of security.
Below you will discover the top 10 myths about roofing.
Myth: All homes in the neighborhood are affected the same by hail.
Fact: Not all homes are affected the same way. The size and hardness of a hailstone can vary in a small area. Other factors include the pitch of your roof, its age and condition.
Myth: Lighter color “splatter” marks on your roof after a hailstorm means there has been damage done.Fact: No, splatter marks do not necessarily mean any damage has been done. Splatter marks are normal after a hailstorm. Over time, your roof darkens due to algae …read more
Have you ever wondered how a professional contractor goes about a roof repair? Here is a quick look into the process.
Inspection: Once an on-site inspection is made, the contractor will check your roof to determine the type and extend of any damage.
Insurance: If applicable, your roofing contractor will help you assess what can be reimbursed from your homeowners insurance and tips on how to fill out a claim.
Contract: A written proposal will be submitted detailing the work to be performed and the contract is signed.
Scheduling: Your repair is scheduled and a team or experienced roofers are assigned to your project. Repair and construction dates are set, materials are ordered and deliveries are scheduled.
Project Beings: Your roofing contracto…read more
Here is a list of 5 common mistakes that you may be doing that is putting your roof in danger.
1. Pulling up roofing shingles to look for leaks. Pulling up shingles yourself can cause more damage and can create leaks where there were none before. Always contact a professional roofing contractor if you suspect any damage.
2. Walking on your roof. Roofs can be slippery, which present potential for falling off your roof causing serious damage. Walking on asphalt shingles can disrupt the granules and dislodge them or create gaps causing potential leaks.
3. Roof decorations. Over the holiday season you might be tempted to decorate on your roof. Walking across your roof can cause damage and attaching heavy decorations can put unnecessary pressure…read more
One of the most costly, but important, home repair projects you will ever have to do is the installation of a new roof. Knowing how to pick a good roofing company can be difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the roofing industry. Here are some tips to help you chose the right professional roofing contractor for your job. Just like in a childhood story book, a PRINCE can save you from potential disaster:
Price- The right roofer does not always mean the cheapest. Sometimes, the “cheap” companies have a lower price because they are compensating for their shortcomings. They might just be starting out, taking shortcuts, or using inferior materials. Remember, you get what you pay for. It is always a good idea to get mor…read more
This short book will answer your questions, erase your fears and empower you to make the best decision for you and your family when it comes to replacing your roof. Go behind the scenes with industry insider Ryan Hoke as he shares his 10+ years of experience in the roofing and construction industry.
The Exterior Company Strives to use quality products when doing any repairs to a customer’s home. When it comes to siding, MainStreet™ siding by CertainTeed, produces a premium product at an outstanding value. You can choose from 24 different colors, 2 different finishes, and 7 different product styles. This allows you to find the perfect color and aesthetic for your home. With all the choices you may feel overwhelmed at first, but CertainTeed has an interactive tool you can use to visualize what your new siding will look like on your home. This tool allows you to view siding in different styles and colors, along with several other features, such as shutters, trim, and door colors. You can personalize your home to your liking…read more
On Thursday, June 18, 2015 a major storm rolled through Fairfax County Virginia bringing along with it damaging winds and hail that reached up to 1.75” in diameter. This touched surrounding areas such as Chantilly, Reston, Herdon, Fairfax City and Vienna.Hailstrom
With the storm season fast approaching, it is important to have a safe, reliable roof to protect you, your loved ones, and your personal belongings. After all, a roof not only protects and shelters you from rain, but also change in temperature, wind, and damaging sunlight. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to recognize damage without having to climb a ladder. Below are some helpful clues to tell if it’s time to fix your roof:
· Age: If your roof is over 20 years old, there is a very good chance it will need some repair due to every day wear and tear.
· Water stains: Water damage on your interior walls or ceiling is a common sign of a leaky roof.
· Roof Debris: If you find pieces of shingles in your yard after …read more
We believe that it is important to stay informed and updated on the latest industry developments
and practices. This is why we attend tradeshows and conferences with suppliers and
manufacturers. By staying engaged, we are able to find out ways in which we can provide a
better service to our customers. We are able to develop our knowledge by attending training
sessions and talking with company representatives at vendor exhibits.
At the ABC Supply Tradeshow in King of Prussia this year, we learned of a new product, a
pipe boot that is guaranteed for 50 years. Pipe boots are a weak link of sorts on the roof – they
cannot last as long as your lifetime shingles. Granted, they are not a difficult or expensive item
to replace. However, having a r…read more
What separates us from the competition? We believe it is that we have the entire package. We have built this company on improving each aspect of the job to the beyond satisfactory levels and we strive to keep improving. We pride ourselves on leaving no area of focus unrefined. We keep our job site clean, we do a thorough cleanup, we offer the best warranties, we only use materials that will stand the test of time, we are knowledgeable, and we have quality workmanship.
On the job site, materials are delivered on the day of the job. If the work is not completed that day, the materials are organized and we clean up at the end of the workday. The old roofing material is placed directly into the roof buggy and so piles do not accumulate aroun…read more
You may be asking yourself, “What is the best roofing material for me?” That could all depend on your homes location, age, design, and the weather patterns in your community. The best roofing material for a new home could differ from that of an older property. Likewise, the best roofing material for a modular home will likely differ from that of a cottage or mansion. In any case, you must consider the internal and surrounding factors of the house itself before you settle on a particular roofing material.
All jobs involving construction necessarily entail that materials and equipment are on the job site – in the case of roofing – directly on the roof and around the perimeter of the house. There are thousands of nails that are removed with the old roof and thousands used with the new roof. Lots of nails – and it is inherent in the job that some of those nails end up on the ground.
We believe that no homeowner should have to worry about finding a nail in their tire or worse, finding one with their foot. In order to ensure that this does not happen, we thoroughly sweep around the property with a magnetic nail sweeper. The magnet is strong enough to even lift nails tangled in the grass. Of course, with the use of the Equipter roof buggy for direct removal of the old roofing materials from the roof to disposal, the number of nails on the ground is decreased considerably. The remaining nails are removed by the magnetic sweeper. For around the mulch beds or tighter areas, we use a hand held magnetic nail lifter. We visually inspect any walkways, driveways, and high traffic areas after thoroughly grooming them for nails. Might one nail end up somewhere untouched when we leave? This is possible. However, it is our policy that no nail should be on a walkway, driveway, or any area that is routinely walked upon. Our goal is to leave no nail anywhere but where it belongs on the roof. With this goal in mind, less nails are found by our customers than any company that does not stick to this goal and who also do not use the same effective equipment that we use.
We believe in providing the homeowner with plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the materials going up on the roof. We believe in GAF products and recommend their use, however, if the homeowner believes in a different product but also believes that The Exterior Company is the best choice of roofing contractor, then we will install that product and it will come with our 10 year workmanship warranty plus the standard material warranty for that product. Our standard repertoire includes the GAF Timberline HD lifetime architectural shingles, GAF Seal a Ridge ridge cap, GAF Pro-Start Starter strip, GAF Shingle Mate 30lb underlayment, GAF Weatherstopper Ice and Water Shield, and the GAF Cobra Exhaust/Ridge ventilation, with Alcoa d…read more
We believe it is important to see where the product is coming from. How is it made? Is the actual product as good as the label depicts? Since quality control is one of our top priorities, we wanted to go behind the scenes to see for ourselves that the GAF product is durable and stand the test of time on our customers’ roofs. In order to have a greater understanding of the product we use and endorse, we visited the GAF plant in Myerstown, PA, the place where the shingles that we put on your roof are made.
We spoke with the factory foreman and employees about how the shingles are made. The fiber core is cross-woven for increased durability. There were no extraneous or organic fillers added – this is a cheap way of being able to…read more
Our goal is to do more than provide quality service and earn a good living; we believe in giving back and supporting a larger purpose. That is why we are devoted to donating a portion of our revenue to causes such as the free schools and homes that support poverty stricken people, especially children, such as the Kopila Valley Childrens Home and School in Nepal. We feel that it is important to help make the world a better place by contributing to humanitarian projects. Each one of our customers can know that they are actually helping to make a difference, since on the average job $50 dollars is donated. This goes a long way in providing food, education, and shelter to human beings who suffer from poverty in less prosperous areas of the w…read more
GAF shingles are at the leading edge of the industry in quality and longevity. There are three important features that only GAF provides in their product. First, the shingle matting is woven in four directions, which provides for the most solid structural integrity. Second, the shingles contain no chemical or organic fillers, which provide for increased thickness and weight but decreases the resilience and longevity of the shingles. Third, GAF uses an optimal ratio (65/35) of pure limestone to ensure that the asphalt will maintain its strength through time. Too little limestone and the shingles become soft, too much and the shingles will become too brittle. Together, these features create a durable shingle that will stand the test of time.read more
Starter strip is necessary to provide a thorough seal along the roof edges where the run of shingles begin. The starter strip provides an even surface for shingles to adhere. The starter strips have specially placed adhesive that ensures the proper bond to prevent wind damage and leaks. Starter strips also ensure the best aesthetic appeal by allowing for the straightest roof edges.read more
The Exterior Company, Inc. has an A rating on the Better Business Bureau. Companies need to be in business for three years with a spotless history to become accredited with the BBB. Five years of quality service coupled with no financial/credit issues and unresolved complaints is required to achieve the A rating. The Exterior Company, Inc. has proven to be a reputable company in earning the A rating.read more
PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT WILL ALWAYS BE A REFLECTION OF A ROOFER’S PROFESSIONALISM AND STANDARD OF QUALITY.
The Equipter will take your next roofing project to a new level, whether you are a contractor or homeowner. This modern day dump trailer no longer needs a truck attached to it and two men on the ground picking up fallen debris from your roof. The Equipter, is drivable compact debris container, that can be driven on a lawn without destroying the grass and use its hydraulic system to elevate the container to the roof line for an easy and clean roof removal. This unique dump trailer is not only saving landscapes, lawns, and your wife’s flower beds but also valuable clean up time.
Roofing has always been considered a messy job consequently making homeowner procrastinate the inevitable roof replacement to spare the always too unsatisfac…read more
EagleView® Technologies, the leading provider of automated 3D measurement technologies and analysis solutions and Pictometry® International, the leader in geo-referenced aerial image capture and visual-centric data analytics, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which EagleView and Pictometry have combined their businesses into a single entity. EagleView and Pictometry closed the transaction on January 7, 2013.
The merger creates a global leader providing unparalleled geo-referenced aerial imagery and analytical software solutions servicing both government and commercial customers. The new entity will offer comprehensive and robust capabilities in aerial imagery collections, geos…read more
Haag is an engineering firm that specializes in scientific testing of various types of damage to residential and commercial structures, machinery, and electrical equipment. Haag certified residential roof inspectors are proficient with the understanding of the various types of roofing systems. Certified roof inspectors know how hail and wind interact with roofing, inspection safety techniques, roof area calculations, and applicable codes. Haag certified inspectors have an understanding of manufacture, installation, weathering, hail damage, wind damage, maintenance, mechanical damage, and repair costs for each major roofing type — composition, wood shingle/shake, concrete and clay tile, asbestos, fiber cement, and various synthetic,…read more
Ice and water shield leak barriers prevent leaks along the eaves and valleys of the roof, where ice dams can back water up underneath the shingle. An ice dam occurs when water builds up behind a blockage of ice. An ice dam can occur when snow accumulates on the roof of a house. Heat conducted through the roof substrate and warm air from the attic warms the roof and melts the snow on those areas of the roof that are above living spaces, but does not melt the snow on roof overhangs. Melt-water flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave and in the gutter. Water from the melted snow accumulates behind…read more