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Denver Roofers Share 3 Additional Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim


May 16, 2019

You have homeowners insurance for a reason: to protect your home and make paying for major repairs more financially feasible. And if you’re like most homeowners, you rarely file a claim at all. Doing so can cause your premiums to go up. For most people, filing few claims means being unfamiliar with the claims process in the first place. Your Denver roof repair team wants to help you avoid some of the most common insurance mistakes when filing your claim. And you can only do this if you know what those mistakes are. Here are some of the mistakes we’ve seen this year. 

Relying on Your Insurance Company’s Recommendations
Most homeowners insurance companies have preferred contractors who offer them discounts on their services. This is all in the name of saving the insurance company money and might not be in your best interest. Instead of relying on your insurance company’s recommendations, it’s always best to work with a contractor you know and trust. Don’t worry—your insurance company has to let you work with the contractor of your choice. If you’re not comfortable with the contractor they recommend, get a second opinion.

Making a Decision Based on Price Alone
Once your insurance company provides you with a check to cover the cost of the repairs, it’s tempting to work with a contractor who provides an estimate smaller than the check. After all, anything left over is yours to keep. Unfortunately, this often causes more harm than good. With roofing, you get what you pay for. Cheaper contractors are often inexperienced or won’t stand behind their work. Instead, choose a contractor you feel you can trust, even if it costs a little more. Remember, your roof is the first line of protection against the elements. If it’s not repaired correctly, you’ll be in for more damage in the future. 

Not Scheduling an Inspection Before Talking to Your Insurance Company
As soon as you know there’s a problem, it’s tempting to speak with your insurance provider immediately. And while this may be ideal when dealing with a car insurance claim, it’s not the best idea for a homeowners insurance claim. Insurance companies like to pay out as little as they can. This means they’ll often try to minimize the extent of the damage or claim that the damage wasn’t related to a qualifying event. 

By working with a roofing contractor before you speak with your insurance company, you’ll know exactly how bad the damage is. They’ll help you compile the necessary documentation to prove the extent of the damage to your insurance provider. This means you’ll get more out of the claim than you otherwise would.

Don’t Let Damage Sit
If you’re worried about working with your insurance company or filing a homeowners insurance claim in the first place, make sure you have all the information you need. Schedule an estimate and roof inspection with our team and give your roof the care it deserves. We’ll help make sure your insurance adjuster gives you a fair claim. 
 
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Denver Roofers Explain Why You Need to Hire a Pro for Asbestos Removal


May 9, 2019

These days, we all know that asbestos is dangerous. But it used to be an incredibly common building material. In fact, it was in use until 1989 when the government finally issued a ban on asbestos in most building materials. Though it’s not used in new buildings, many older homes still have an asbestos problem. And for most of those homes, it’s found in one spot: the roof. Unlike many home improvement tasks, asbestos abatement is always best left to the pros. Here’s why you should hire a Denver roof repair expert for the job.

Keeps You Safe
In small amounts, asbestos can lead to severe upper respiratory aggravation. But if you’re exposed to the material over time and inhale large quantities of it, you could develop far more severe health complications. Worse, you can accidentally spread the material throughout the house. By hiring a professional, you’ll keep both yourself and the rest of your household safe and healthy.

Guarantees Proper Removal
Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s incredibly likely you’ll leave asbestos behind. This means your home won’t be as safe as it should be. By letting an experienced abatement team handle the job, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that every bit of asbestos is safely removed and taken off your property. They’ll even be able to test your house to make sure it’s safe before wrapping the project up for good.

Saves You Money
Asbestos abatement requires a lot of equipment to get the job done right. There are fans, tarps, tools, and safety gear needed as well as transportation and containment gear required once you get the materials out of your house. This can cost you thousands of dollars on top of the time you’d spend doing the work on your own. By hiring a professional, you’ll end up saving money and time. You’ll pay a flat fee for the work and won’t have to worry about paying upfront for equipment that you’ll only use once.

They Handle Disposal
Once you remove the asbestos-contaminated materials, you need to dispose of them properly. And that means taking them to a dedicated hazardous waste center. You can’t just load up the back of a pickup truck and head to your local dump. Pros handle the disposal for you and always make sure the materials are properly contained and taken care of. Unless handled correctly, asbestos can seep into the water supply, hurt unsuspecting landfill workers and animals alike.  

No homeowner wants to wonder if their house is safe for their family, but if you don’t know what to look for, you might be sitting on a bunch of hazardous materials. If your house was built before 1989 and you believe you may have asbestos in the building, don’t put the removal off any longer. Schedule an inspection with our experienced contractors and let us help you get rid of those hazardous materials lurking in your home. We promise to take care of the job quickly so you can focus on enjoying your home.
 
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Denver Roofers Share 3 Additional Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim


May 1, 2019

You have homeowners insurance for a reason: to protect your home and make paying for major repairs more financially feasible. And if you’re like most homeowners, you rarely file a claim at all. Doing so can cause your premiums to go up. For most people, filing few claims means being unfamiliar with the claims process in the first place. Your Denver roof repair team wants to help you avoid some of the most common insurance mistakes when filing your claim. And you can only do this if you know what those mistakes are. Here are some of the mistakes we’ve seen this year. 

Relying on Your Insurance Company’s Recommendations
Most homeowners insurance companies have preferred contractors who offer them discounts on their services. This is all in the name of saving the insurance company money and might not be in your best interest. Instead of relying on your insurance company’s recommendations, it’s always best to work with a contractor you know and trust. Don’t worry—your insurance company has to let you work with the contractor of your choice. If you’re not comfortable with the contractor they recommend, get a second opinion.

Making a Decision Based on Price Alone
Once your insurance company provides you with a check to cover the cost of the repairs, it’s tempting to work with a contractor who provides an estimate smaller than the check. After all, anything left over is yours to keep. Unfortunately, this often causes more harm than good. With roofing, you get what you pay for. Cheaper contractors are often inexperienced or won’t stand behind their work. Instead, choose a contractor you feel you can trust, even if it costs a little more. Remember, your roof is the first line of protection against the elements. If it’s not repaired correctly, you’ll be in for more damage in the future. 

Not Scheduling an Inspection Before Talking to Your Insurance Company
As soon as you know there’s a problem, it’s tempting to speak with your insurance provider immediately. And while this may be ideal when dealing with a car insurance claim, it’s not the best idea for a homeowners insurance claim. Insurance companies like to pay out as little as they can. This means they’ll often try to minimize the extent of the damage or claim that the damage wasn’t related to a qualifying event. 

By working with a roofing contractor before you speak with your insurance company, you’ll know exactly how bad the damage is. They’ll help you compile the necessary documentation to prove the extent of the damage to your insurance provider. This means you’ll get more out of the claim than you otherwise would.

Don’t Let Damage Sit
If you’re worried about working with your insurance company or filing a homeowners insurance claim in the first place, make sure you have all the information you need. Schedule an estimate and roof inspection with our team and give your roof the care it deserves. We’ll help make sure your insurance adjuster gives you a fair claim. 
 
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Denver Roofers Share 4 Reasons to Hire Professional Gutter Cleaners


April 24, 2019

As a homeowner, you understand the importance of keeping your roof in good shape. But there’s more to it than making sure the shingles stay in place or fixing leaks as soon as you notice them. You also need to take care of your gutters. Every gutter system requires regular cleaning in order to funnel runoff and excess water away from your home. Though the task seems simple enough to do on your own, there are a few reasons to leave it to the pros. Your trusted Denver roofing company explains.

It’s Dangerous
Cleaning gutters is a lot like working on a roof. You need to climb a ladder and maintain your balance as long as you’re working. Even for the most experienced roofer, there’s a certain amount of risk involved in doing repairs. And that’s with years of experience and safety equipment in place. When you’re handling your own gutter cleaning, you’re at an increased risk for injury compared to an experienced professional. Spare yourself the trip to the hospital and leave the task to the pros.

Professionals Know the Signs of Damage
Believe it or not, your gutter system can influence the overall health of your roof. When the gutters are clogged, they hold water against the side of your house. This water then soaks into the siding and slips beneath the roof line, increasing your risk of leaks and water damage. Worse, it’s difficult to notice unless you know what you’re looking for. Professionals can spot hard-to-find signs of water damage and take the necessary steps to repair the damage quickly. 

Saves You Money
The worse condition your roof is in, the more expensive the repairs will be. Since gutter cleaning prevents the most extensive damage from happening in the first place, it will save you money in the long-run. But more importantly, professionals will be able to make repairs before the damage gets too severe. This means cheaper repairs for you year after year.

Gets Them Clean Faster and More Thoroughly
Cleaning your own gutters can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the size of your home. That’s time you could spend relaxing on your days off or taking care of other important tasks. Professional crews will get the job done in as little as an hour. Even better, they’ll clean them more thoroughly so you’ll have to schedule cleanings less frequently. And the less often you have to get those gutters clean, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your home, relax, and do things that make you truly happy. 

Dirty gutters are not just ineffective—they often hide damage, mold, and mildew. Don’t wait until you notice water actively leaking inside your home. Schedule a repair appointment as soon as you suspect that something’s wrong with your gutters. At Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, we’ll make sure your gutters are working properly at all times. And if your current system needs to be replaced, we’ll take care of it quickly. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate. 
 
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Denver Roofers Explain Signs of a Sun Damaged Roof


April 17, 2019

Denver weather can be whacky, but one thing is for sure: we get a lot of sun each year. Though those bright and clear days let us take advantage of everything Colorado has to offer, they also wreak havoc on your roof. That’s right…your roof can get sun damaged just like your skin. But since your roof doesn’t turn bright red with sunburn after spending too much time under UV rays, how can you tell? Watch for these tell-tale signs of roof damage and call your Denver roofing company immediately.

Warped Shingles
Believe it or not, shingles don’t love heat. They may be made of asphalt and able to withstand the elements, but they can and will start to warp when exposed to too much sun. Take a look at your roof. Do you see any shingles that are bubbling up or curling along the edges? If you do, your roof likely has sun damage and needs to be repaired. Remember, small numbers of curling shingles might not seem like a huge issue, but the longer they sit, the more vulnerable your roof becomes. 

Crumbling Materials
The constant exposure to UV rays causes your shingles to start breaking down. This process can take anywhere from a few months (with low-quality shingles) to several years with high-quality well-maintained shingles. As the shingles start breaking down, you’ll see granules collecting in the gutters and small flakes of shingles collecting in the yard. This happens because the sun makes the materials brittle. The only way to fix it is to replace the damaged shingles in question.

Visible Discoloration
When you first install new shingles, you have to pick a color that complements your home exterior. And those new shingles always look great, but it won’t always last. In fact, the sun can bleach the color from your shingles over time, leaving you with a roof that looks less pristine than you’d like. But is the damage purely cosmetic? No. The more faded the materials are, the more compromised the roof system is. Think of the color as a visible indicator of your shingles’ health. When it looks vibrant, the shingles are in good condition. When it’s faded or looks dirty, the shingles aren’t able to protect your home from the elements. 

Leaks After Summer Rain Storms
Leaks should always leave you rushing to schedule a roof repair appointment as soon as possible. But did you know that sun damage increases your risk of leaks? Even if you haven’t noticed discoloration sun damage weakens the materials enough to allow leaks to form after summer storms. If you think your roof might be sun damaged, check the attic for leaks after every storm. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call your roofer immediately. The sooner the leak is fixed, the better.

Sun damage is a serious roofing issue for all Colorado homeowners. Stay on top of the damage by scheduling regular inspections and maintenance appointments with your trusted contractor. We’ll keep your roof in good condition for many years to come.
 
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