The First Three Things You Should do Following a Hail Storm

The First Three Things You Should do Following a Hail Storm

If your home or property is in the path of a hail storm, be sure to do these three things immediately afterwards.

Spring is here and that means so is storm season. Many of those storms will contain hail. If you’ve just experienced a spring storm that dropped potentially property damaging hail stones, it’s important that you know what to do next.
The First Three Things You Should do Following a Hail Storm
1 – Exterior inspection
Once the storm has passed, go outside and look for hailstones in your yard, take a photo of the hail and put the biggest one you see in your freezer. Next, look around your home for granules that may have been knocked off the shingles by the hail.
Check your gutters for granules as well. Putting your cell phone on a selfie stick is a great idea to extend your reach and allow you to see what is going on with your gutters without having to leave the ground.
While looking for granules, see if the gutters sustained any dents from the hail. Continue your property inspection and note if there is any damage to your siding, your window screens or the fins on your air conditioner unit.
While staying safely on the ground, try see if there is obvious damage to your roof. Here is where you could put that drone that you got for Christmas to use – just fly on up and take a few pictures of different parts of your roof.
2 – Call a professional, licensed roofing contractor
After your inspection, if you think that your roof may have sustained damage call a professional roofing contractor who is licensed by the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas AND is Haag certified to detect storm damage. Many times, damage can be hidden and is not always visible to the untrained eye. At Texas Traditions Roofing, we are RCAT licensed, Haag certified and happy to perform a free storm damage assessment.
3 – Contact your insurance company
Contact your insurance carrier and let them know that you experienced damage following a hail storm. It’s important that you know your rights as the policyholder. With all the storms in the past year, we are hearing more and more from homeowners who are telling us that some insurance companies are no longer sending adjusters to estimate the cost of repairs. Rather, they instruct the homeowner to obtain and submit three bids. Be aware that the lowest bid may not be the best one for a complete roof system for your home and may not deliver the best workmanship.
Do your homework, get references and don’t be afraid to ask the insurance company to work with the contractor that is the best fit for you. Contact us today for a free post-storm damage inspection.

Spring Checkup Time

It’s Time for your Roof’s Spring Checkup

Yes, your roof needs an annual checkup too!

It’s not very likely that you would wait 10 years between dentist appointments, is it? You shouldn’t wait years to give your roof a checkup either. At a minimum, your roof needs an annual inspection to ensure that it is in top-performing shape to protect your home from water intrusion.
Spring Checkup Time
With the Georgetown, Texas storm season on the way, now is the time to give your roof a thorough checkup and address any issues now, before the wind, hail and driving rain hits.
Here are some tips for giving your roof an annual inspection.

  • Perform your inspection from the ground, or through a window where portions of the roof might be visible. A pair of binoculars can help you spot areas in need of attention.
  • Check gutters and keep them clear of fallen leaves, pine needles, twigs, etc.
  •  Look for shingles that may be cracked or curling – especially along hip or ridge lines.
  • Look at the collars around pipes – are they cracking or rotting?
  • How do the downspouts look? Are they dented, damaged or rusted? Be sure that upper level downspouts are not draining onto a lower roof surface.


  • Are there water spots anywhere on the ceilings or walls?
  • Climb into the attic and inspect the underside of the roof deck for water stains, rotting or deterioration.

Remember that you should never get on the roof – leave that to an experienced, licensed roofing professional. Many times, you could end up causing more damage or injuring yourself.
At Texas Traditions Roofing, our dedicated repair division will perform a free inspection to identify any areas that need to be fixed, providing you with photos, a detailed explanation an estimate for repair. We perform roof inspections and repairs in the Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Waco, Lakeway, Temple, Bee Caves and more.
Request your free inspection today!

Filing a Claim with Your Insurance Company? Know Your Rights

Filing a Claim with Your Insurance Company? Know Your Rights.

The rash of storms and hurricanes has left many insurance companies overloaded and some are placing the burden of estimating repair costs back on the policyholder.

Filing a Claim with Your Insurance Company? Know Your Rights
We saw a lot of severe weather throughout 2017 and because of the volume of damage, we’ve noticed a shift in the way some insurance companies are working with their policyholders.  When a claim is submitted to the insurance company, an adjuster typically would visit the property and prepare an estimate for what the repair or replacement will cost.
This is starting to shift. Many homeowners have told us that their insurance company directs them to get three bids and send them in for review. In these cases, the insurance company could choose the lowest bid. The danger with this is that just because a contractor came in with the lowest bid, doesn’t mean that they are the right contractor for the job. The homeowner should ask themselves how they would know if the lowest bidder would put a quality roof on their home.  Just as important, the homeowner may not know if the full scope of damage is being addressed by the contractor or the insurance company if they do not receive a full adjuster’s report outlining the scope of the damage in detail.
The insurance company doesn’t know anything about the contractor, outside of the dollar amount on a piece of paper. It’s important that as the homeowner and policyholder to remember that you are the customer and you have the right to talk to your insurance company about which contractor to select. If you have done your due diligence, you will have gotten references and have a good feel for which contractor is going to be the right one for the job.
Don’t be afraid to ask. Insurance companies put a lot of weight into their customer satisfaction (C-SAT) scores. Resolving claims quickly and easily is important to them so they are likely going to be willing to work with you to find the right contractor to repair your roof.
Always choose a contractor that is licensed through the Roofing Contractor’s Association of Texas, and is certified by the manufacturers to install their specific products. Texas Traditions Roofing meets these criteria and we are happy to provide a free inspection and evaluation for your roof repair.  Request your today.

Roof Leak? Here are 5 Possible Reasons Why

Roof Leak? Here are 5 Possible Reasons Why

Your roof works hard every day to protect your home and over time that performance can be compromised by many factors.

Roof Leak? Here are 5 Possible Reasons Why
1 – The sun. 
The heat from the sun and ultraviolet rays can lead to deterioration and may be even more of an issue on sides that face west or south.
2 – Wind and Rain.

High winds can lift shingle edges and force water and debris under them. When water gets underneath shingles, it can work its way to the roofing deck and lead to rotting of the deck.

3 – Flashing deterioration.
Many times, a roof leak is just a flashing leak. Flashings around chimneys, pipes and skylights that are breaking down and not tight can allow water to penetrate. These should be inspected annually,
4 – Trees and leaves.
Tree branches that are touching your shingles can cause granule loss or other damage to the roof when they are blown by the wind. Falling branches can also cause damage. Be sure your tree limbs are trimmed and not causing problems for your roof.
5 – Missing, cracked or torn shingles.
For a roof system to perform correctly it must be whole. Missing or torn shingles make your home vulnerable to water damage and rot. The problem will only spread to additional shingles if not repaired.
At Texas Traditions Roofing no repair is too large or too small. We’ll provide a free inspection, identify the issues and provide an estimate to fix the problem.
Request your free inspection.