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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Destructive storms come in many different forms and occur in particular regions. If you’re living in the Midwest, your area is most likely prone to tornadoes. Hail storms on the other hand, usually exist in the central plains and southern states. This region is known as hail alley, and lies within the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. But just the same, hailstorms have been noted in places where thunderstorms occur. Snow is most commonly felt in places with high altitudes and high latitudes, specifically among the mountainous parts of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These storms can bring about substantial damage to your homes, thus the need to take preventive measures for such occurrence.

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How do you ensure your home’s safety from these storms? Installing a reliable and durable roofing system may be the best way to start with. These tips may go a long way in mitigating possible damages brought about by tornadoes, wind, hail, ice and snow storms:

  • Conduct regular preventive repair and maintenance by scheduling semi- and annual inspections.
  • Keep your roof clean at all times. Some debris can do significant damage to your roof when water freezes around them. This applies to the roof’s gutters, downspouts and scuppers.
  • Check the exterior and ceiling and interior walls as well for leaks, stains and cracks.
  • Try looking for possible areas that may be infiltrated by moisture or may accidentally act as entry points for air when extreme wind occurs.

Your roof is your first line of defense from unforeseen dangers, particularly those caused by natural calamities. It is only natural then to ensure that it functions according to your expectations. If you haven’t done so, it may be best to seek professional help and let roofing experts assess the quality of your roof. There are damages that can go unnoticed over time and may result to more severe damage if left undiscovered.

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Roof replacement options vary state by state since there are several factors to consider before deciding on your final preferred choice. In Alabama for example, roofing systems in residential structures are required to make use of special nails instead of staples for better protection and asphalt shingle roofs need to undergo a specific certification in an approved testing agency. If you haven’t undergone roof replacement yet or are thinking of initiating one, here are a few roof replacement basics that can help you plan this important stage of home renovation.

Roof Replacement Average Cost

Roof replacement estimate will depend on the type of materials to be used, the extent of work required, and on whether your roof needs repair or would require complete replacement. All factors evaluated, a new roof can cost between $2.60 and $7.50 per square foot installed. In some cases, the total cost may even reach as much as $10,000 or more. To help calculate roof replacement average costs in Alabama, ProMatcher has outlined the average roofing costs and prices based on the materials to be used, including estimates for roof inspection, roof painting, and roof cleaning.

Financing A Roof Replacement

Homeowners can explore various avenues in financing a roof replacement project. Some of the possible solutions include government loans and rebates, credit cards and a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Of course, saving for this type of home improvement is still the best way to go about it.

How Long Does A Roof Replacement Take?

Realistically, replacing a roof may take 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on the size of your home, the available labor resources, and assuming the weather permits it. The process may be prolonged if structural repairs are discovered along the way or additional protective work is needed. The roofing materials that you will eventually choose may also affect the duration of the repair/replacement. Some are easier to install and some are a bit more complicated.

 

Your roof replacement experts should be able to give you a more detailed discussion of these important considerations so you can plan effectively and make informed and wise decisions.

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