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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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A Summer Storm Damage Checklist For Homeowners

by Kelly Murphy

If you live in an area of the country that experiences intense summer storms that include high winds, rain, hail, thunder and lightening, you need to have a summer storm damage checklist on hand. After a large and damaging summer storm, make sure you complete this checklist:

Check For Live Wires

Before you start inspecting your house and checking on your animals, make sure that there are not any down and live wires on your properties. Large summer storms regularly knock down power lines.

If you see a power line down, the most important thing to remember is to not touch it. Downed lines may still be full of electricity, and could cause you great harm if you touch them with your bare hands. If you spot any down lines, immediately make a call to your electric company. If you don't know or cannot find the number to your electric company, call your local emergency line and let them know about your situation. They should be able to forward your call to the correct agency.

If there are downed lines, wait for the power company to address the situation before you continue your inspection.

Make Sure Your Animals Are Okay

Once you know that there are no down lines, it is time to check on your animals. Even if they were inside of your house or your barn, they still may have become startled by all the loud noises and may need a little attention and reassurance from you to become calm again.

Visually Inspect The Outside Of Your House

Walk around your house and make sure that all the siding is attached to your house and has not been ripped off. And pay attention to your gutters. If your gutters are overflowing, you will need to clean them out when the weather clears up. If water is pooling in particular areas, you will need to fix your drainage pipes.

Check your yard and make sure that no tiles flew off your roof during the storm. When the weather clears up, go onto your roof and inspect it. Look for areas where the shingles have been torn off from your roof. Take pictures of any damage that you see, and then call a professional roofing company, like Gulfside Roofing Inc, to come and make the necessary repairs.

Visually Inspect The Inside Of Your House

Next, inspect the inside of your house. Make sure that water is not dripping from the ceiling; if it is, mop up the water and put a bucket under the leak and put in a call to your local roofing company.

Watch out for water that may have made its way in through any open windows. You'll want to clean that up as quickly as possible to avoid further damage or any accidents.

Call Your Insurance Agent

If you find any damage to the inside or outside of your house, put a call in to your insurance agent as soon as possible to start the claims process. If you can, provide your insurance agent with pictures of the damage. The sooner you start the claim, the sooner the repair process can begin.

If you experience a big summer storm, walk through this checklist afterwards to ensure that your home and your roof are still in good shape. If you detect any damage, do what you can to temporarily fix the situation, take pictures and notify your insurance agent and your contractor right away.