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Quad Cities, IL: 309-738-5550
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Roof Insurance Claims Processing: Insights from the Owner

Roof insurance claims processing is a daunting task for all the people involved. Here are some insights from the owner of Olde Town Roofing, Sean Vogler.

Meeting Customers:

I had a customer today, who two weeks ago was looking to get an estimate to replace his roof. I came in and went over my company information with him, and he liked what we had to offer, and was wanting a bid to replace his roof where he would pay the full price. I went out to inspect his roof and found severe hail damage all over his roof and gutters.

I then talked to him about this and told him about the damage and that hail and heavy winds had gone thru his neighborhood on Father’s Day a few weeks before. I then went over the pros and cons of filling an insurance loss for his roof.

At his request, I spent a couple of hours at his house, walking him thru the insurance process, calling the claim in to his insurance company for him, basically making the process as easy for him as possible.

I played phone tag with his adjuster for almost a week before we settled on coming and doing the roof inspection at 7:00 am on a Friday morning.

On Friday Morning, I showed up and met with the adjuster and spent about another 2.5 hours helping the adjuster with the ladder, reviewing the damages I saw on the roof, pointing out interior water damage on the entryway ceiling of the property, finding all the damage on the roof, gutters, and garage door wraps.

Insurance Deductibles:

A lot of people try to get contractors to not charge them for the deductibles on their property. This is why Olde Town Roofing doesn’t do that…

First of all, offering free deductibles is insurance fraud. Insurance is a contract between the homeowner and the insurance company and in that contract it says the homeowner is responsible for the deductible, and then the insurance company will cover the rest of the loss. Insurance premiums are based on the value of the property, and the amount of loss the insured is willing to cover (the deductible). So even asking your contractor to waive a deductible is asking your contractor to break the contract they have with the insurance company.

Handling an insurance claim adds approximately 20 hours of additional labor hours to the claim. It also adds money to the collection process. While we ask for the ACV check up front on Insurance claims, the RCV money can take months to collect from the insurance company. During the summer months my company has had up to $290,000 just waiting to be paid out by insurance companies. That is money just waiting to be collected, money that has already been paid out to cover expenses.

Insurance claims cost my company on average about 12% more than doing the exact same roof without insurance.

Questions:

While some contractors are willing to “waive” deductibles, this raises some questions.

  1. If the Contractor is willing to defraud an insurance company, Why would they not be willing to defraud their customers?
  2. What kind of quality is a roofing company delivering if they can readily deduct a thousand dollars off of the already low profit price the insurance company has submitted?
  3. Why would you want to gamble with quality with something as important as your roof?
  4. Why would you go with the lowest priced contractor in the first place. Guess what…The cheapest guys are the cheapest because they aren’t paying the same money as the other guys. They have to be cutting corners somewhere…where is that…quality of install, quality of products, knowledge of employees, cleanup detail, speed, service, warranty, their workman’s comp insurance, their general liability insurance?

Olde Town Roofing:

My company is based in Illinois and services Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri.

While we will work with our customers in some scenarios to ensure they get a high quality roof at the right price, we would never defraud an insurance company or our customers.

This is a question of integrity. We would never lower our standards or morals, ever!

We deliver a high quality product at the right price. Contractors that are willing to eat the deductible do so by using low quality materials and cutting corners. I suggest you ask yourself the following question before trying to circumvent the insurance process.

—Which would you rather have, $1000, or a high quality roof that will last the life of its warranty and a company that stands behind their work?

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Benefits of Solar Roofing

Solar Roofing is a smart innovation that results in numerous benefits for the property owner as well as the environment. The investment instantly boosts a property value and reduces electricity bills. Several federal and state tax credits make the solar roofing a cost-effective solution for residential and commercial properties.

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The utilization of fossil fuels for electricity has resulted in vast environment challenges and ozone layer depletion. Solar energy is a better alternative as there are zero side effects of installing and maintaining the solar panels. Sun’s natural heat and light can be converted in to electricity by the photo voltaic nature of the solar cells. The sunlight is absolutely free and is an excellent source for renewable energy.

Tax Credits

Now is the best time to invest in solar roofing as the 30 percent federal tax benefit expires in 2023. Individual states have offered tax credits for installing solar roofing. In Illinois, there is no tax credit for solar roofing but the project is eligible for Home Improvement tax benefit. Iowa offers tax credit up to $20, 000 on a first come first serve basis and up to 5 million dollars per year. All installations must be complete and approved by the local utility company to apply for tax credits.

Other sales tax benefits, county solar energy system rebates, and so on may be applicable for solar roofing. Businesses can get additional tax benefits for installing solar. Google Project Sunroof can estimate the roof space available for solar, cost, tax benefits, and so on based on your address. The Power Purchase Agreements from the solar installers let you get the solar roofing for no cost.

Customize

The number of solar panels required on your roof can be customized according to the electricity consumption of your property. If you are installing solar shingles, you can customize the electricity generation by combining solar and non-solar shingles for a uniform appearance. Different tools are available that can give the approximate roof space that can be used for the solar roofing and the projected savings.

Solar installers recommend a on-grid Solar roofing where the electricity for the property is both from the solar panels and from the utility company. If you require more electricity you can get more from the utility company. If your solar installation is generating extra electricity, you can choose to give the electricity back to the grid. Some utility companies write you a check for the extra power you generate or turn back your meter. Check with your local energy provider for net metering options. The off-grid Solar roofing system may lead to no electricity in case of a system failure or extreme weather.

Equipment

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Electrician recommendations and local utility company policies must be reviewed before installing the solar roofs. The coordination of an electrician and solar installer is crucial for solar roofing. The regular asphalt/metal roofing shingles must be able to withstand the solar panels.

  1. A inverter is installed to convert the photo voltaic Direct Current generated by the solar roof to Alternating Current that can be used by the electrical appliances and lighting. Inverter must be installed as per the manufacturer recommendations. Connection to the electric grid needs to be done as per the utility company guidelines.
  2. Solar panels or solar shingles are installed which are self cleaning. The equipment are tested for high wind, impact, hail, extreme heat, and extreme cold weathers. Solar roofing is beneficial in winters as the panels keep working even in the cold weather. Solar panel operation is quiet and they instantly increase the value of a property.

Maintenance

Several electric car owners have installed the solar roofs to benefit from the electricity generation. Huge number of residential, commercial, and agricultural properties can benefit by investing in solar to generate electricity. Solar panels can also be installed in a backyard or agricultural areas or any open area.

Installation of solar roofing is crucial and must be done as per the local codes and HOA rules if any. The plumbing vents, front skirts, clamps, and rail ends must be set up so they are not ruining the look of the roof. Several  monitoring systems are available by the solar installers. You can combine the annual roofing maintenance with the solar maintenance for regular checking.

Call the experts at Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550. They can suggest an optimal solar roofing system for your property. The skilled electricians, solar installers, and roofers can set up a robust system for electricity bill savings.

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Life Cycle of a Roof

The life of a roof with asphalt shingles is typically fifteen to twenty years, but a roof’s life largely depends on its maintenance. The aging of a roof is slow in the mid-life but is rapid in the initial and final years. For a roof, periodic maintenance is the key performance factor.

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  1. A roof life cycle comprises of installation, maintenance, restoration, and replacement. A roof must be installed by professionals and according to the manufacturer, local, and national codes.
  2. After installation, a roof requires bi-annual maintenance for its performance. All roofs must be checked by a roofing contractor to record its status. Minor repairs such as nail pops and sealing can be performed during the maintenance period.
  3. Restoring a roof involves performing major repairs and replacing other components such as flashings and damaged shingles. Any roof leaks need to be fixed and molded or rotten parts also need to be replaced at this stage.
  4. Finally, a roof need to be replaced once it has reached the deterioration phase and it cannot further support the structure any more. Replacing a roof is crucial as it involves checking all the other components such as the roof deck and gutters and replacing them as well.

When a new roof is installed, the shingles age rapidly and undergo a initial curing period. After settling down, they age slowly in the mid-life. In the final stages, the aging is rapid again leading to ultimate decline.

Maintenance During Roof Life Cycle

Roofs are exposed to extreme temperatures in winter and summer. During storm season, they are prone to high winds and tree falls. Roofs are undergoing severe temperature changes throughout the year. Property owners may notice minor curling in the initial years. There may be missing shingles due to winds and storms. Curling due to the shrinking of shingles, cracking through the reinforcement due to extreme heat, blisters due to hail or rocks, and staining due to moss growth are common problems of roofs.

A roof can live its life only if it is maintained professionally during its life cycle. Spring maintenance helps in checking any damage done during the frigid winters and fall maintenance will help prepare the roof for winter. If there are frequent storms in your area, you must prepare your roof for that as well.

Some manufacturers require proven records of roof maintenance to process any insurance claims. Planned roof maintenance helps a roof during its life cycle and the overall cost of the roof is also reduced. The costs of sudden damages and loss can be avoided with periodic maintenance of a roof. The investment on your roof can be optimized with proper care. Check for any roofing maintenance programs that are tax deductible. Call roofing professionals of Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 or 3095171676 for scheduling an appointment today.

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Is your roof ready for the winter?? Preparing the roof for the winter is critical for residential and commercial property owners. Cleaning the gutters, checking for any leaks, wet insulation, missing shingles, and so on are crucial for the stability of your roof during the freezing winters. Here are some tips to help prepare your roof for the winter.

Checklist

Roofs in winter are more susceptible to damage. The contraction of shingles, the piling snow, accumulating ice dams, leaking flashings, covered vents, jammed gutters, and so on are all problems for the roof. You can perform simple checks and identify any issues with your roof.

If you have any reverse ceiling fans that rotate anti-clockwise, it is better to turn them back to the clockwise direction. This is to ensure the proper flow of air and increase energy efficiency of the building.

Commercial roofs need extra care due to the large square footage and mostly they are flat roofs. They must be checked for any water accumulation and cleaned up. If your commercial roof is eligible for roof coating, you can clean up the roof and add any additional coating required. Hire a roofing inspector to check whether your commercial roof is able to withstand the extra weight the snow is going to bring. Old roofs are likely to collapse due to the extra weight of the snow.

Call the roofing experts at Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for a roofing inspection and prevent any further damage to your roof in winter.

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How Ice Damming can Effect Your Roof

Ice dams are caused by the melting of snow on the warm surface of the roofs and freezing again at cold surfaces. Ice dams trap water underneath them causing water leaks inside the house. Home owners in extreme cold climates dread the ice dams as they destroy not only the roof but also the gutter, attic, shingles, vents, and so on. Here are some common causes, side effects, and steps to prevent ice dams on your roof.

Causes of Ice Dam

Ice dams are a result of multiple factors apart from the melting water. Roofs in extreme weathers such as the MidWest go through the extreme winters and extreme summers. During the winter, when there is heavy snow fall on roof tops, most of the snow melts away naturally with time. However, due to uneven melting and freezing, ice dams form on roofs. Poor attic insulation also cause the warm air to reaches to the top of the roof, which in turn warms up the roof surface. The melted water from the roof top travels down the roof and freezes again at the edge of the roof. Some of the water gets trapped under the roof which gets leaked in to the home. Any snow on top of the ice dam makes it even more difficult to melt.

 

 

Ice Dam

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If you have recessed can lights installed without insulation, the heat also reaches the roof surface and melts the snow on the top. The roof temperatures also get higher in winters due to exhaust systems in kitchen or bathroom. Your fireplaces and chimneys also cause the difference in temperatures on the roof surface. Leaky ducts in the attic, lack of air vents in the soffit and ridge are also some of the cause of the hot air at the surface of the roof that cause the ice dams.

Effects of Ice Dam on Roof

As a result of ice dam, you may notice dark water spots in your home and molding of the ceiling.  Wet stains may be common on the drywall if the ice dams are not attended. Your insulation might get wet due to the water leaks on the roof. Your shingles get destroyed due to the standing water on the roof top. Timber gets rotted due to the moisture and you may also notice peeling paint due to the ice dam damage. The icicles themselves cause a nasty problem on the exterior of the property.

Ice dams damage the roof deck, shingles, eave protection, and any roofing components. The gutters may fall off due to the weight of the ice dam. Excessive water accumulation in the ice dam is bad for the shingles which may leave dark spots or streaking of your shingles. The roof itself gets warped and highly susceptible to collapsing due to the heavy snow and ice dams. Most ice dams near skylights, valleys, or dormers are not visible to the naked eye and cause serious damage if left un-attended. Therefore, ice dams are a big issue that need to be taken care before they further damage the roof.

Prevent Ice Dam

Preventing the roof from getting warm and keeping the roof surface cold through out the year is the best solution to prevent ice dam. Installing soffit vents and ridge vents is a good idea to keep the air circulation. Proper insulation is also a key component to prevent ice dams. In general, one square foot of attic ventilation per 300 square feet of attic floor space is recommended as the standard insulation practice. Insulating all the lights and the exhaust systems is crucial to maintain cold roof temperature. Clearing the gutters frequently or after a storm is required.

Heat cable may be installed along the edge of the roof to prevent the ice dams. However, the heat cables may not be effective if there is already existing ice dam. They have to be turned on all the time during the winter which increases the energy bill.  If there are any leaks in the cable itself, that may trap the wire and may not effective at all.

Homeowners may attempt to clean the excessive snow on their roof. However, using sharp tools such as a screw driver may further damage the shingles under the ice dams. It is suggested not to use any sharp objects to clear the ice dam. You can use a hammer to slowly chisel the ice dam. Shoveling the snow on top of the roof is a good idea. Do not put salt or ice melt on the roof which you would use on the pavement. This will further damage the shingles. Use a rake to shove the ice and snow. Fill a sack with sodium chloride ice melt and put it on top of the roof top which will gradually melt the ice. Chain saws, heat sprays, duct tape,  heat guns, or so on increase the risk of damage. If you do not want to risk any falls in the winter while clearing the ice dams yourselves, call an expert. A professional may be required to clear any hefty ice dam you may have. Sometimes you see that they also use the same tools as you are using, but remember they are experts and know when and how to use them.

Fall Inspection

A comprehensive solution is required to prevent ice dams rather than just fixing a part or installing storm shield protective layer on the deck. Hiring an experienced roofing inspector during the fall is a good idea. They may suggest any repairs or modifications required before the freezing winter sets in. Any repair at that time would cost more due to the extent of damage already caused by the ice dams. Now is the right time to address any roofing issues you kept postponing until it is too late. Call the roofing experts at Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for any fall maintenance you may need to prevent ice dams.

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Roof Repair versus Roof Replacement: The Biggest Dilemma

Homeowners often face the biggest roofing dilemma, whether to repair a roof or replace a roof. Or just leave it alone until next season? If your roof is hit with the recent storms and you identify that some shingles are missing, you must consider calling a roof inspector. If you see mold patches or moss over your roof, it is required to remove that growth. Repairing versus replacing a roof also depends on the age and the type of material used.

If you are living in the Midwest, your roof is prone to heavy damage due to the extreme weathers, storms, hail, or tornadoes year round. After every storm, homeowners and business owners wonder whether to repair the damaged roof or replace the roof altogether.

Roof Repair

Asphalt shingles can be applied in multiple layers and hence can be applied in batches. Metal roofing is pretty standard and does not need to be replaced that often. Tile, wood, or slate roofs are very costly to repair or replace. Here are some situations where you may consider roof repair:

Cost is also a major factor before opting for roof repair. Repairing just the part of the roof is affordable in most cases. If the estimates for repairing the roof are higher, then you may consider roof replacement. It is better to check the warranty and insurance before taking the decision. Finding matching shingles is also a major challenge for roof repairs.

Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is a popular choice if the roof is older and has major issues. If you notice large leaks or leaks in multiple spots, you may consider replacing your roof. If you had damage from hail where the entire roof has dents, then roof replacement is suggested. Replacing a roof involves removing all the existing layers and re-roofing. If your roof has two layers, then a new roof is suggested as per the International Roofing standards. If you remove the existing layers, you can get a chance to inspect the roof deck as well. You can identify any rotting in the sheathing as well. Here are the situations you may need roof replacement:

Cost of replacing a roof us sometimes covered by home owners insurance. Yearly maintenance, inspecting the roof, cleaning the gutters, checking for infestation, trimming any aged trees, and so on are some of the essential tasks to protect your roof. Before the onset of cold weather, now is the correct time for a roof inspection. Consider IKO Dynasty shingles for your new roof as they are resistant to extreme weathers.

If you have any doubts or concerns about the condition of your roof, schedule an inspection with Olde Town Roofing today. Olde Town Roofing has skilled experts who can suggest according to the condition of the roof. Ask for the free estimates from Olde Town Roofing by calling them at 3097385550 or 3095171676.

 

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Preparing Your Home for New Roof

After homeowners have decided to repair or replace roof, they must prepare their home for the activity. The roof installation brings a lot of action on the top of the house. This will result in lot of vibrations down the house. The nailing, moving heavy objects, and the activity will also effect the interiors even though the activity is on top of the home. You can expect constant noise and hammering during the day or two of the roofing project.

Ask your roofer about how the impact is going to be. Here are some tips to prepare for a roof on your home.

Most roofing jobs take a day or two depending on the size of your home. Experienced roofers clean up daily if the job takes more than one day. Roofers also bring material that they can install on that day and not overload the driveway. Check with your roofer and insurance company for any additional details required for preparation.

Contact Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for all your roofing, siding, windows, home improvement, and other requirements.

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Attic Ventilation and Roof Damage

Do you know that poor attic ventilation can cause significant roof damage? Attic ventilation in both cold and hot temperatures is significant in protecting your roof. Attic ventilation will help reduce the moisture in the attic. If the attic is too cold, it will further freeze the shingles in winter. In contrast, if the attic is too warm in the summer, it will bake the shingles making them crack or break. If the attic is having warm air in the winter, the snow and ice on the roof top will melt and cause ice dams. This in turn will damage your roof.

Ventilating your attic is a good idea in our region to ensure proper temperature in the attic. Ideally, attic temperature must be the same as outside temperature through out the year. This will protect your roof from inside. Proper ventilation of attic will allow cool air via the eave or soffit of the roof. In addition, ventilation will push out hot and moist air from the attic via the ridge or other exhaust vents.

The moisture in the attic can be reduced by proper attic ventilation. If there is too much moisture in the attic, it can cause molding and result in algae growth under the roof which in turn will damage the roofing shingles. Excessive moisture can damage the attic and roof and eventually your home. Hence, ventilating your attic is essential.

Proper ventilation comprises of a balanced system. This includes exhaust vents to push out the hot air and intake vents to get outside air inside the attic. Intake vents are as crucial as the exhaust vents to ensure a balanced ventilation system. The overall energy consumption in the house can be controlled by proper attic ventilation. Roof damage can be minimized with proper attic ventilation.

Spring is the right time to perform a roof inspection and protect your roof from further damages. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for a roof inspection and get expert opinion on the status of your roof.

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IKO Crowne Slate Shingles: Premium Designer Shingles with Impact Resistance

IKO Crowne Slate Shingles are one of the premium designer shingles from IKO. They are chosen for the natural slate look and affordable cost. IKO Crowne Slate shingles are high impact resistant and are suitable for properties in extreme weathers. IKO Crowne Slate have natural stone slate look and are preferred by most exclusive home owners. The shingles are easier to install and maintain and last for years.

IKO Crowne Slate shingles have strong mats and are coated with modified bitumen. Therefore, the IKO Crowne Slate shingles have been tested for Class 4 impact resistance rating.  The other shingles that are impact resistant in the IKO shingles are the Armourshake (Premium Designer) and the Cambridge (Architectural). A Class 4 impact resistance rating implies that if a two inch steel ball is dropped from a height of 20 feet on the IKO Crowne Slate shingles, the shingles resist the impact without damage. Similarly, if ice balls are fired at high-velocity towards the IKO Crowne Slate shingles, they do not break or crack. Ask the home insurance provider in your area if you can get reduction on your premium due to the shingles having the Class 4 impact resistance rating. The IKO Crowne Slate shingles can withstand heavy snow and ice accumulating on the roofs. In addition, in areas where hail storms are common, IKO Crowne Slate shingles are the best suited.

IKO Crowne Slate shingles are available in colors that match your local quarry stone. For example, the Royal Granite and Regal Stone are the most popular models. Ask your IKO certified roofing contractor about the colors available in your area. IKO Crowne Slate shingles size is 39 1/2 inches by 12 1/4 inches. They have exposure of 10 inches and coverage per package is 25 square feet. The quantity per pallet is 60 and the roofs with IKO Crowne Slate shingles need just 40 shingles per square! IKO Crowne Slate shingles come with a Limited Lifetime warranty and can be upgraded to Limited Wind warranty or Iron clad Protection.

IKO Crowne Slate shingles meet local and international standards for wind resistance, impact resistance, algae resistance, tear resistance, granule loss, fire resistance, steep slope roofing, and so on.  IKO Crowne Slate shingles  work best when installed with IKO Pro4 roofing system. IKO is the most vertically integrated in the roofing business and it manufactures all the components required for the roofing. The components such as the synthetic under layment, roof starters, ridge cap shingles, and eave protection are the different components in the IKO Pro4 roofing system.  IKO Crowne Slate shingles will result in a robust roof if applied with the IKO Pro4 roofing system.

IKO Crowne Slate shingles are resistant to extreme heat and high winds. IKO Crowne Slate shingles are manufactured in facilities that meet local and international environmental rules and fall under green roofing projects.  IKO Crowne Slate shingles are required to be installed by a certified roofing contractor and according to the installation guidelines by IKO.

Select  IKO Crowne Slate shingles if you want a natural stone slate look for your exclusive property at an affordable cost and minimum maintenance. Contact Olde Town Roofing who is the only IKO Shield Pro Plus contractor within 60 miles of Quad Cities at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for more information about the options available in your area.

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IKO Royal Estate Shingles: Real Slate look with Easier Installation

IKO’s Royal Estate Shingles give your roof the beauty of real slate look without the hassles of installing slate roofs. The luxurious shingles are easy to install due to the light weight and instantly chosen by homeowners for its quality and beauty. The traditional difficulties of slate roofing such as heavy weight and the challenges with installation can be avoided by choosing the IKO Royal Estate shingles. At the same time, the Royal Estate shingles from IKO have unique look and distinct features to improve the real slate look of your roof.

IKO Royal Estate Shingles fall under the premium designer shingles from IKO. They combine the beautiful real slate look and the reliable quality of residential shingles. You can have a worry free and maintenance free roof with IKO Royal Estate shingles.  The IKO Royal Estate shingles are affordable and can be installed easily when compared to the slate tiles.

The IKO Royal Estate shingles are available in four unique color blends such as the Taupe Slate, Shadow Slate, Mountain Slate, and Harvest Slate. The color of the distinct shingles instantly improves the look of your roof and the house resulting in a magnificent curb appeal.  Visit the IKO’s RoofViewer tool to see how your roof would like with the IKO Royal Estate shingles. Ask your local IKO certified roofing contractor about the color blends available in your area.

The size of IKO Royal Estate shingles are 40 inch by 13 1/4 inch and their exposure is 5 5/8 inch. The coverage per package is 33.3 square feet and the quantity per pallet is 52 bundles. IKO Royal Estate shingles need per square feet just 64 shingles! They are available with Limited Lifetime warranty and can be upgraded based on your requirements. The shingles have a Class A Fire resistance rating and meet the local and international standards. IKO Royal Estate shingles also meet several ASTM standards for asphalt shingles, steep slope roofing, and high wind resistance. In addition, IKO Royal Estate Shingles meet Canadian standards for asphalt shingles. IKO Royal Estate shingles are manufactured with granule technology to block ultra violet radiation and thereby reducing the risk of cracking the shingles. Further, the algae resistant shingles prevent your roof from mold and streaking.

IKO Royal Estate shingles are installed with detailed application instructions by a certified roofing contractor from IKO. IKO premium designer shingles are installed with the IKO Pro4 roofing system which include the premium collection of accessories such as the eave protection, roof starters, ridge cap shingles, and synthetic under layment. The standard components from IKO ensure the overall quality and set up of the roofing system. All the components are manufactured by IKO itself and therefore are compliant with other components. The IKO Royal Estate Shingles are applied in multiple courses for proper application and to avoid patterning.

You can get the IKO Royal Estate Shingles and the real slate look for your roof as well. Call Olde Town Roofing,  Certified IKO Shield Pro Plus roofing contractor, for more details about IKO Royal Estate shingles in your area.

 

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Advantages of Applying IKO Dynasty Shingles on Mansard Roofs

Mansard roofs are a roofer’s nightmare due to the steep slopes. Applying shingles is difficult and if the shingles are not installed correctly, they are prone to damage during every storm! IKO Dynasty shingles with ArmourZone are most suitable for mansard roofs. Contractors prefer the IKO Dynasty shingles for mansard roofs because of the fastlock sealant and detailed nailing lines.

Mansard Roofs

Mansard roofs are roofs that are having steep slopes on each of the four sides. The roof is so steep that it almost looks like a wall. Mansard roofs comprise two levels of roofs. The lower roof is steeper than the upper roof. The top part of the roof is hardly visible to the people on the ground and appears to be like a flat roof. Mansard roofs are named after a famous architect  from the 17th century, François Mansart. The mansard roofs are very famous for apartments and are chosen for constructions that require multiple storeys. Mansard roofs take the most advantage of the ceiling height and are suitable for commercial buildings.

However, mansard roofs can become very difficult to maintain. They are prone to damages during storms, which are very common in our area. Lack of ventilation in mansard roofs is also a common problem. Mansard roofs are not suitable for areas receiving heavy snow fall. Installing asphalt shingles on the steep part of the mansard roofs is a challenge for roofers.

IKO Dynasty Advantages

IKO Dynasty shingles along with the ArmourZone protection from IKO are the most suitable for mansard roofs. The detailed nailing instructions help the roofers to install the shingles with most perfection.  IKO Dynasty shingles are applied with the ArmourZone which comes with additional instructions for steep slopes. The fastlock bitumen sealant strip is thick and gives a strong bond between the shingle and the surface. For proper product performance, IKO Dynasty shingles are available in wider nailing surface area. The dual nailing lines help roofers to nail according to the specifications and better fastening power.

IKO Dynasty shingles are very hard to remove even after as quickly as within 24 hours. Their superior adhesive power is suitable for the mansard roofs. The flashings used for mansard roofs must also be placed according to the building codes and roofing standards. The roofers must remember that the IKO Dynasty shingles warranty works only if it is installed according to the guidelines and standards. The number of nails for mansard roofs per shingle increases from four to six and the distance between the nails also changes.

IKO Dynasty shingles are manufactured in ISO standard facilities. The shingles have in built algae resistance and have minimum granule loss. IKO Dynasty shingles are architectural shingles are available in beautiful color blends. If you have a roof with steep slop or a mansard roof, contact Olde Town Roofing at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for options available in your area.

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IKO Armourshake Shingles : Premium Designer Shingles with a Luxurious Look of Wooden Shake Roof

IKO’s Armourshake shingles combine the natural look of wooden shake and impact resistance of premium designer shingles. Armourshake are made with deep cuts and elite color technology which offer the natural look without much maintenance costs. The shingles are heavy weight shingles which offer high wind resistance up to 110 miles per hour winds with Limited Wind Warranty. They can be ugraded to high wind warranty that cover winds up to 130 miles per hour.

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Armourshake shingles are chosen by customers due to the high fire resistance. They have Class A fire resistance which is preferable by the homeowners. Armourshake have builtin algae resistance which reflects heat and extensive sunlight. As a result, your roof is protected from mold growth and dark spots over a long period of time. Armourshake shingles are less prone to fading, warping,  or breaking and last longer.

Armourshake are applied with the IKO’s Pro4 roofing system which extends the strength of the roof. Roofing components such as the ArmourGard Ice and Water Protector for eave protection are such examples. IKO provides detailed instructions about installing the roofing components and Armourshake shingles for good results. IKO specifies how the roof deck, eave protection, underlayment, chalk lines, flashings, and nailings must be prepared and installed. IKO gives special instructions for steep slopes and high wind areas. Armourshake shingles are applied in multiple courses for better result.

IKO Armourshake are available in 37 3/8 inches long, 18 1/2 inches wide and have exposure of 5 1/2 inches. IKO Armourshake shingles have 20 square feet coverage per bundle. The shingles meet local and national standards for granule retention, tear strength, impact resistance, fire resistance, and wind resistance. They are available with Iron Clad protection for 15 years. Ask for special warranty from IKO. IKO shingles are manufactured from recycled materials whenever possible and can meet ‘green’ building categories. Roofing contractors prefer Armourshake shingles as they are easier to install.

Check your local associations for the permissions for installing the Armourshake shingles. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 for the colors and options available in your area.

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IKO Dynasty – The Best Architectural Shingles in the Market

Consider this recent roofing case. IKO Dynasty shingles were put in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperature on one roof. On another roof, GAF shingles were installed. One week later, GAF timberline shingles were blown off the roof due to the wind damage. Whereas, there was no damage on the IKO Dynasty Shingles! IKO Dynasty are the best architectural shingles available in the market due to their extreme weather protection, algae resistance, advantage sizes, and excellent curb appeal.

IKO Dynasty is the most popular and widely used shingles from IKO. IKO Dynasty is the shingle that can be installed year round due to its extreme weather protection. IKO Dynasty have Limited Lifetime Warranty and can withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour when applied with High Wind Application.

IKO Dynasty are available in Advantage sizes for application in commercial roofing as well as residential roofing. The bigger sizes make it easier for the roofers to install the shingles and it takes less time to put the roof with the Advantage sizes. There are only 60 shingles per square foot resulting in only 3 bundles for 100 square foot. Contractors love the IKO Dynasty shingles due to the ease and speed with which they can be applied and resulting in customer satisfaction.dynasty9

IKO Dynasty are often applied with IKO Pro4 roofing system from IKO. IKO is the most vertically integrated company in the roofing business. All the components of the IKOPro4 are manufactured by IKO itself which results in better quality product for the customer. The IKO Pro4 comes with different choices of eave protection, under layment, roof starters, ridge cap shingles, and starter strips.

IKO Dynasty ArmourZone shingles is another popular choice. IKO Dynasty ArmourZone comprises tear-resistant reinforced woven band which helps fastening strength for the greater area of the shingle. Release tape is an essential that prevents shingles from sticking together. IKO Dynasty ArmourZone has inbuilt algae resistance prevent black spots on your roof. The ArmourZone shingles are made with five strips of sealant to lock the shingles. The fastlock bitumen sealant promotes a strong bond  and heat resistance. IKO provides detailed instructions for nailing and installing the IKO Dynasty shingles which are a must for the roofer.

IKO Dynasty shingles are available in seven beautiful color blends such as Appalachian, Sedona, Biscayne, Cornerstone, Pacific Rim, Castle Grey, Glacier. Contact Olde Town Roofing for the color blends available in your area. Choose the IKO Dynasty for a beautiful curb appeal and long lasting roof!

 

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Spring is Here – Check Your Roof for Infestation

After a long cold winter, (still going on in Quad Cities!) Spring is the right time to check for infestation in your roof. Some signs are obvious while some are not noticeable, but roof infestation must be taken care immediately otherwise you can see all squirrels, bats, rats, insects, and so on start living in your house.

Look out for signs

Rats and bats under the shingles or in the attic is a common problem. Animals like open spots. Any gap or opening in the fascia, soffit, cladding, siding, vents, windows, ridge, ridge vent, or uncapped chimneys make it easy for the animals to creep in. Any small opening must be taken care immediately otherwise it may lead to bigger damages.

Here are some signs of animal infestation in your home:

Act before it is late

Inspect your roof and seal any gaps or openings. Closing the chimney with a cap is a good idea. Seal the gaps in the excluding cladding or siding. Observe for animal behavior on your roof and electrical wires. Rats tend to chew the roof and wires. Trim all the surrounding trees and keep your roof out of reach. Check your attic for any visible damages or openings.

Animal infestation in the roofs must be addressed immediately. Spring is a good time to start the roof maintenance and prevent further damage or infections due to animal infestation in your roof. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 3097385550 if you suspect any animal infestation on your roof.

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Roofing Underlayment – Why it is important

Underlayment is an important component of the roofing system. Traditional asphalt felts are being replaced by synthetic underlayments. More roofing contractors are chosing synthetic underlayments for durability, walkability, and tear resistance. Underlayment protects the asphalt shingles and adds an extra layer for your protection between shingles and deck.

Underlayment is a critical component of the roofing system. It repels moisture from reaching the roof. Even if you chose a good shingle, if you do not chose the right underlayment, the roof is sure to fail.  Asphalt felt, fiberglass, and synthetic underlayment are different types.  Felt underlayments are prone to wear and tear due to high temperatures and ultra violet rays. Whereas, synthetic underlayment are prone to wicking that is channeling moisture.

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Here are the important characteristics to be considered for an underlayment:

  1. Wrinkle free
  2. Slip resistance
  3. Water proof
  4. Walkable in dry and wet weathers
  5. Heavy duty strength
  6. Accurate lay lines
  7. Tear resistance

All popular roofing manufacturers have their own underlayment to match their shingles. For example, IKO Underlayment comes in two varieties – Stormtite and RoofGard Cool Grey. These models are synthetic and easy to apply even in colder temperatures. IKO underlayment are chosen for their strength and flexibility. The IKO underlayment models are resistant to cracks, peels or delaminations. They are also easy to install around vents, dormers, and other roof structures.

Ask Olde Town Roofing for the underlayment options and combinations available. Call 3097385550 for more information.

 

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Choosing the Roofing Shingle Colors

Choosing shingles for your roof is a significant decision for a home owner. Roofing manufacturers come up with different shingle colors and the homeowners are having lot of choices. It is crucial to remember that the trim color, siding,  and stone color must coordinate with the shingle color so your home can have an overall good appeal. Most of the manufacturers have an online catalog or smart phone applications where you can choose the colors and see how your house will look like with the options you choose.

Roofing contractors also face a challenge in deciding the roofing shingles colors. The following aspects must be considered before choosing the color of the shingles:shingles

  1. Most realtors and homeowners say that shingle color is the key factor before buying a house.
  2. The type of shingle whether architectural, traditional, designer, specialty shingles is also crucial.
  3. The weather resistance including wind resistance, algae resistance, moisture resistance, and high temperature resistance is also important consideration in choosing the shingles apart from the color.
  4. The shingles must also meet the local and national standards.
  5. Shingle color affect the temperature of your home, lighter colors reflect most heat while darker colors attract more heat.
  6. Shingle color also depends on the color of the paint of your home.

Grays and blacks are the popular choice for houses that are painted white, blue, red, or yellow. Brown color homes look good with brown shingles. You can choose from neutral colors or trendy colors depending on the statement you want to make and whether you want to make your home appear big or small. You can improve the architectural look of your home with the shingle colors.

Major manufacturers have their own tools to help homeowners decide their shingle colors. For example, IKO has the RoofViewer tool, where you can upload the picture of your home and select the shingle color, trim color, and stone color to see how your home will look. The tool also has standard home types to test the colors.

However, with all the choices available, homeowners must also check with the local home owners association before finalizing the shingle colors. Some associations have restrictions on the color, type, or manufacturer of the roofing shingles. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 for the color catalogs available in your area.

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Quad Cities Weather – How Weird it can Get

Just when we thought that the spring is popping up, the Quad Cities have seen snow fall today!! We have had a mild winter than the previous years but just as the construction cones are showing up around the Quad Cities, we have snow fall!

Quad cities have witnessed extreme weathers and near missed tornadoes causing damage to properties. We have survived the polar vortex, the deep freeze, and ice jams. Every year, river drives on both Iowa and Illinois have flooded and we see many cars just stuck on road floods. We have had wind chill advisories and warnings. This winter we did not have as  many snow days when compared to the previous years.

The average temperatures in the Quad cities switch from 22 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 80 degree Fahrenheit in the summer. Every year we see 31.5 inches of snow at an average. Midwest is known for its extreme weathers and we are known for wearing jackets almost year round. At the same time, people here are resilient, and get to work no matter what.

The weird weather has effected the construction and roofing industry by putting the employees at risk. The roofing material is manufactured to withstand extreme weathers, but installing them during strange weathers requires a lot of skill. During the extreme weather, the installation crew takes breaks and caution to not to cause injury and at the same time, not to destroy the material used.

The weather in the Quad Cities has even made people to migrate to warmer states but because of the booming construction industry many people are moving in. Quad City residents are used to the extreme weathers but if they are not prepared, the result can be shocking. Year round events such as the Festival of Trees in winter or the annual John Deere Classic events make Quad Cities an interesting place to hang on.

In order to mitigate the risks of working in extreme weathers, Olde Town Roofing has Certificate of Liability Insurance which includes Workers Compensation and Employer’s liability insurance upto $500,000. This means that if there is an accident and a person is injured working on a project, Olde Town Roofing takes care of that.

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Benefits of Recycling Shingles in Roofing Business

Every time your roof is replaced, the old shingles are either dumped or recycled. Customers always like if their old shingles are recycled helping the environment. Recycling shingles saves money and helps in acquiring the LEED certification. Most roofs weigh 3 to 4 tons and when they are recycled it helps the local towns.

Here are some advantages of recycling shingles.

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Olde Town Roofing recycles its shingles at the Waste Commission of Scott County. They are active in social responsibility, taking care of the environment, and helping the local communities. Olde Town Roofing saves customers money by using own dump trailer instead of using roll off dumpsters! Call your local recycler for the options available.

 

 

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Leaky Roofs – Common Causes

Leaking roofs are a common cause of concern for homeowners and businesses. Identifying the root cause is significant before attempting to fix it. It is challenging for the roofing contractors as well due to the fact that the water lines up with the leaks and it is hard to figure out where the actual leak is. Here are the common causes or sources of leaks.

  1. Chimneys are the top source for leaks. They need to be sealed properly, step flashed, and counter flashed.  Similarly, water can get behind skylights, plumbing vents, satellites if they are not flashed correctly. Sometimes, the installations themselves might be leaking.
  2. Missing drip edges and the gap between the roof deck and fascia board might cause roof leaks.
  3. Other causes for roof leaks are dormers, roof-to-wall transitions, and low-quality sealants, poorly installed mastic, and so on.
  4. Attic is also a common cause for roof leaks from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic.
  5. Mold, soaked insulation, black rings around rust nails, overheating or moisture in attic, and so on must be addressed.
  6. Intake vents clogged with paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation are also common causes for roof leaks.
  7. Gutters also need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Improperly installed gutters build up debris and cause roof leaks.

Roof leaks can be avoided by periodic inspections generally in the fall and spring, routine maintenance, and minor repairs. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 3097385550 for any roofing leaks you might have.

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Roofing Tips for Storm Season

Have recent storms damaged your roofing? Are your shingles displaced or torn by the winds? Did hail storm dent your shingles? You are not alone. Shingles are made to last in extreme weathers but are prone to damage due to the storms. Here are some tips to protect your roofing before, during, and after storms.

  1. If you suspect a storm damaged your roof, call Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 immediately. A qualified inspector will assess the damage and suggest the modifications required
  2. Check your insurance papers and coverage whether it includes storm damage coverage and required paperwork.
  3. After a storm, it is suggested to check the gutters for any clogs and blocks. Clean the gutters periodically to keep them clean
  4. If possible check your roof and visually inspect the shingles. If you see any shingles curling or streaking call Olde Town Roofing
  5. It is suggested that trees near your house to be trimmed and maintained to avoid any tree falling on your roof and damaging it
  6. Keep your property debris free so that during the storm they do not damage your roof or house
  7. Heavy furniture such as patio set should be secured so that they do not damage your house or roof during a storm
  8. Install high quality shingles such as iKO shingles on the roof. Ask your contractor for impact resistant shingles
  9. Keep your roofing contractor contact handy so that you can call them immediately before the damage worsens
  10. As a Midwest resident, it is always suggested to keep a emergency kit ready in the garage
  11. Watch the weather reports in television or on the radio and take shelter if there is a warning

Storms are natural and cannot be avoided so it is better to be prepared. Call Olde Town Roofing today if your house was damaged by the recent storms.

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