Frequently Asked Questions
While it is very true that you can’t just drape a tarp over a gap in the roof, tack down some nails and call it good enough, some form of fastener is required to secure the tarp while causing the least damage to the “healthy” areas of the roof. The owner of Miller Storm Roofing & Reconstruction is a preferred contractor with most insurance companies in Texas, though, and our method for securing the tarp is always accepted and appreciated by insurance companies. We wrap the edges of the tarp around boards to pull it taught and then carefully screw the board itself into the roof deck or the underside of the eaves.
Generally, we’ll wait for a break in the rain before climbing onto a roof when the rain is still sheeting due to the safety risk. One of the best benefits to choosing Miller Storm Roofing & Reconstruction is that we live right here in Fort Worth, so we’ll be watching the weather along with you. Just give us a call, and together we’ll determine the best time to tarp your roof.
Absolutely not, but you should. Temporary roof tarping is generally covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, but choosing multiple contractors for the same claim may delay the process. Insurance companies refer their clients to us all the time, though, because they trust us to get the job done right at a reasonable price. We can be on our way to tarp your roof, and we’ll come back and meet with your insurance adjuster to discuss our recommendations for the repairs. One-stop-shopping!
Yes! We can arrange for tree removal prior to roof tarping. We’ll coordinate the entire project for you.
Probably not. Most attics lack the ventilation or air movement to draw moisture out. If your roof is leaking, there is probably some water damage as well. Not to worry; our team includes IICRC-certified water damage restoration technicians who will use moisture meters to determine the scope of the roof leak and place air movers and dehumidifiers. Because we’re licensed general contractors, too, we can handle any of the repairs inside the house as well as the ones on your roof!
They often go hand-in-hand, depending on the extent of the damage. If your roof deck was compromised by the impact of a heavy branch or tree, we’ll install a plywood board over the gap before securing a tarp across the roof. Board-up is required whenever there is damage that reduces the structural integrity of your house until permanent repairs can be made. Roof tarping, on its own, is only meant to keep out rain or other weather from causing more damage. We’ll know the best course of action when we get to your place for the free inspection.
The pricing for new roofs depends primarily on the square footage of the roof surface, the type of material you choose (asphalt, metal, cedar shakes, tile, etc), and the complexity of your roof (dormers, steep angles, etc.) Because we’ve been installing new roofs in the Fort Worth area for so many years, we have the experience and resources to help you decide on a quality roof solution that will suit your budget.
Each shingle brand provides a different guideline for how long they expect their shingles to last. A properly installed roof will generally last up to 15 years with regular maintenance and inspection, especially after severe weather events.
While there could be some initial cost-saving in laying new shingles over an old, aged roof, we generally don’t recommend re-roofing. Old shingles also mean an old roof deck. By tearing off the old shingles, our licensed roofing contractor will then be able to spot any areas of instability or damage to the roof deck that may have been hidden by the shingles. We can replace any sections where there may be wood rot. Roof installation techniques and materials have also changed over the last couple of decades, and your old roof may not be up to code. “Re-roof” jobs may also not carry the same warranties as a full replacement.
When you decide it’s time to consider a new roof, consider first your budget and your goals. Metal roofs tend to last longer than asphalt shingles, but they cost more upfront and may not “fit in” with the neighborhood. Asphalt shingles are an affordable option, but even in that arena, there are choices that will determine the overall aesthetic and potential lifespan of the roof. Consulting a roofing contractor to help you make these choices is best. They’ll have the experience to help guide you towards the best result.
If catastrophic damages occur to your house, you will not have any issues or penalties for filing an insurance claim regardless of the insurance company’s decision. Since 2010, there was an increase in hailstorm damage claims by 84%, and it has almost doubled in recent years.
After a damage claim, the insurance company will send an inspector to take a look at your property. By hiring a qualified specialist from Miller Storm Roofing & Reconstruction prior to filing the insurance claim, you’ll have someone there to represent your best interests.
You should not look for the cheapest contractors. By doing so, you are saving the insurance company’s money, which won’t benefit you. Doing so also gives the insurance company a reason to suspect you of insurance fraud.
It’s best to find a company to represent you prior to filing the insurance claim. By doing so, you will have a specialist there to help inspect your property who will also help you settle a fair claim with your insurance company. Having a contracting company there will take away the stress of the negotiation and ensure your interests are well represented.
Just like in any work environment, the right company will feel trustworthy and comfortable. Be sure to ask what the company’s plan is for the protection of your interests. Additionally, you’ll want to choose a local company for your peace of mind.
We can repair any roof – from securing loose shingles or flashing, replacing missing or damaged shingles, to rebedding ridge caps, to replacing water-damaged roof decks. Miller Storm Roofing & Reconstruction has a team of experienced roofing contractors who can repair any roof damage you may be experiencing.
Yes! Our experienced, licensed roofers will inspect your roof up close to assess the scope of any obvious damage and also map out the probable unseen damage just below the surface. With that knowledge at hand, we will let you know if roof repair is the most affordable option or if you’re better off with a full roof replacement.
Damaged roofs cause roof leaks, which creates dangerous water and moisture problem in the house below. Whether the roof damage was caused by hail or fallen trees to simply granule loss due to aging roof shingles, prompt attention and repair will avoid further, more costly damage down the road.