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Commercial Code Inspection: Preventing Bad Building Investments

Commercial-Code-Inspection-Preventing-Bad-Building-InvestmentsPrevent Bad Building Investments by Getting a Commercial Code Inspection

Investing in a commercial property can be exciting in planning for future business. When you find yourself looking into the logistics of what it takes to maintain a new commercial property, permits should be at the top of your list. Unpermitted work can be a daunting flaw in your investment. Thus, causing a huge setback in many of your business plans. Keep reading to learn why you should always get a commercial code inspection done on any property before you purchase.

Lack of Commercial Building Permits Puts You at Risk

Many construction companies operate with a “whatever it takes to get the sale” mindset. Some might even offer to do the work without pulling permits to cut down costs and speed up the construction process. On its face, this might seem like a prudent move, but skipping permits is often a costly mistake.

  • You might find if the general contractor is willing to skimp on permitting, they’re skimping elsewhere. Unlicensed contractors, uninsured contractors, and untrained contractors. These are huge risks to safety for the workers, your employees, and your customers.
  • Previous owners skipped on permitting and your building is out of code. This might result in your business being shut down by the city or county, having insurance claims denied when you try to file, or not being able to sell the building at a later date.
  • You (or the previous owner) want to save on property taxes and don’t pull permits, which might trigger a new assessment. Later, when the property is assessed, your taxes are increased and possibly back taxes will be owed.

What to Ask For When Investing in A Commercial Building

Adding more risk when investing in a commercial building isn’t at the top of any investor’s list. Thus, ensuring that you find a trusted partner to help you navigate and obtain a professional code inspection for the commercial building is a must.

Professionals from our team at Classic Construction are not only well-versed in code compliance for new buildings and reconstruction, but are experts in helping navigate new commercial building investments. This ensures that the property is fully protected from surprises along the way with a professional code inspection.

What to Do If You Find Something Out of Compliance

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of finding something within the building that is out of compliance, the first thing you should do is NOT purchase anything until the situation is resolved and the issue is corrected. The seller should be responsible for bringing the building up to code before ownership is transferred to you. If they are not willing to do so, you might want to walk away from that property. If you choose to purchase it without inspection, you are now the person liable for anything out of compliance.

Reaching out to the building department is another great way to also inform you if there are any open permits on the property. It’s good to note that an outstanding permit that was never properly inspected is just as risky as untrained contractors.

Reach out to us today if you are looking into purchasing a commercial building but aren’t sure if it’s up to commercial code inspection and compliance. Not only is Classic a reputable company, but you can always count on us to get the job done right. On-Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

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Structures to Keep an Eye on for Heat Damage

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Texas summer heat has its own schedule, as we all know, yet the New Yorkers and Californians relocating here are just starting to figure it out. With the spike in heat and no drop within the grasp of the coming weeks, heat damage is at the brink of every home not being carefully watched. When living in Texas, there are many structures where the heat may affect your property. In this article, we will discuss a few tips and structures to keep an eye on during these extreme heat temperatures.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are structures that hold or retain soil behind it. They range in size from small terraces to hold a yard to large walls to hold up a steeper slope. Retaining walls are made of many materials, including concrete blocks or slabs, wood, rocks, and boulders. Because Texas has such volatile weather including droughts, severe cold snaps, and sudden microbursts, our soil is prone to cracking and moving. We all know what happens to your home foundation when extreme heat strikes, and because retaining walls are similar materials, they can crack, crumble, and fail. This is dangerous as rocks and dirt can hurt people and damage your property. A large rockslide can be devastating.

Sidewalks

During a hot Texas summer, sidewalks have the potential to crack in extreme heat. Whether it’s your walkway or home or building’s foundation, concrete can be a concern when high temperatures arise. Heat causes the soil to contract, which in turn can cause damage and crack to surfaces like concrete. During extended heat waves, cracks can form and spread if left unattended. That’s why regularly checking for signs of damage is crucial when preserving your concrete during the summer.

Monument Signs

Whether your monument sign is fully concrete or contains some metal or acrylic elements, all can fall prey to extreme heat in the summer. As with retaining walls and sidewalks, keeping an eye for cracks in the base and surrounding areas of the signage is key to preventing further damage as the summer progresses. Gaps in brick and rock can also begin to form, putting the structure at risk for more damage.

Acrylic pieces within monument signs are a bit different than structural damage. One key issue to look for includes trim caps in channel letters that will break down over time with exposure to heat. Warping and discoloration are also very common with acrylic signage and few preventative measures can be taken aside from purchasing replacement pieces ahead of time to swap when the heat damage is highly noticeable.

Texas heat can cause havoc in places that you least expect it! When it comes to walls, sidewalks, and signs the best defense is early detection. It’s best to have a professional assess and repair any damages caused by the high heat. Contact us today for a maintenance inspection or if you see any signs of damage on your property. Here at Classic, we offer free inspections of your commercial and residential properties to look out for the early signs of damage and fix them quickly.

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Is Multifamily Building Maintenance Causing a Loss of Business?

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As we see more people building a family, multifamily housing marketing is becoming more common in the housing industry. With new builds bringing competition and old buildings maintaining structure, how are these conflicting markets affecting business? The things to consider when looking into multifamily housing range from the cost of living to upkeep and maintenance of the building and the appliances that you’ll be using during the duration of your time there. In this blog, we will be discussing how Multifamily building maintenance may be causing a loss of business.

Flooring

When it comes to multifamily living, flooring is a huge aspect when considering which apartment is the right choice for you and your family. No one wants to rent an apartment with old and torn-up carpet that hasn’t been replaced in years, so keeping up-to-date on the carpet and making sure it’s replaced after each tenant is essential when it comes to building maintenance. If you have tile or hardwood flooring within the units, making sure they aren’t cracked and outdated will help potential renters to choose your location. Keeping the inside of an apartment current and on-trend is one of the many reasons future renters will gravitate toward your complex.

Fixtures

Depending on how long it’s been since your latest fixture maintenance walkthrough, it’s quite possible that the fixtures may be outdated (or even at times non-existent). Cabinets with no drawer pulls or handles may not be as desirable as brand the new bronze-finish style that’s been popular in new builds. Units that have been rented for a long period of time without renovations may also have residents eyeing newer builds with modern stoves, microwaves, and washer/dryer combos.

As we’ve seen rents rise across the DFW metroplex, we have seen a high churn of residents who may jump from their current residence to a newer one that will charge the same monthly rate that has the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures.

Furnishings & Appliances

It’s a widely known fact that when a family comes together it’s usually in the kitchen! So when your current and future residents gather together you want to give them a space that’s sure to impress. Updating your appliances, cabinets, and more to a more modern feel can help the inner event planner choose your community over a competitor.

Another aspect that makes multi-family living really stand out is giving your residents a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Having a bathroom with a comfortable tub and a vanity large enough to share are key components that you’ll want to think about when updating or building your community. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your residents have a true place where they can relax and call home.

During this tumultuous time for residents and the competition for space, keeping units in a multifamily building is more important than ever. We have heard and seen multifamily residences lose residents in droves just for the lack of maintenance – which as most property managers know is one of the least desirable outcomes for a property.

Reach out to us today for a quote to recommend the best maintenance plan for your multifamily residence to keep your residents happy and attract new residents no matter the season.

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Retaining Wall and Monument Sign Maintenance for Your Property

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When it comes to sloped or terraced properties, nothing is quite as handy as a retaining wall. Not only are they gorgeous and add a brilliant aesthetic to the yard, but they are quite practical and useful at helping you utilize your outdoor space. We wanted to share some tips and tricks when it comes to retaining wall and monument sign maintenance, as well as share the importance of keeping up with your commercial and residential properties’ wall and monument signs.

The Importance of Maintaining Walls and Monument Signs

When it comes to your property retaining walls can come in handy to help hold up the earth (aka dirt) and block it from sliding down when any part of the property is at the end of a decline. Monument signs give a beautiful way to showcase your property and are often found at the entrance to subdivisions. They also help future residents and visitors find your property when driving down the road. Naturally, both of these features provide essential uses to your property which is why proper maintenance is also essential. The last thing you’d want is a retaining wall or monument sign to come crumbling down causing havoc on your property and creating a hazard for residents. At the first signs of wear give us a call so we can come out and inspect and repair any defects before they become bigger problems.

Inspecting Retaining Walls

Inspecting and retaining walls are necessary when it comes to proper maintenance. Checking for gaps in stones themselves as well as cracks in the mortar between them is a good start. Cracks and missing mortar will only get worse with time, so making sure those are properly inspected and maintained are crucial when it comes to walls. Another thing to look for is bulges in the wall. If you notice this is happening and some sections are bowing out, this means the soil is shifting and can cause critical damage in the near future. If you notice this, you should contact a professional as soon as possible so they can help resolve this issue immediately.

Tips on How to Maintain Walls & Signs

Maintenance of walls is important and should be checked at least every quarter. If there are any weeds visible in-between areas of the retaining wall, make sure to remove those by the root as they will continue to multiply and separate the wall over time (despite looking nice in some cases).

If you see any slight settling, surface wear, rotation, or bulging of retaining walls or monument signs, the best next move is to call your partnered construction company to evaluate it for any preventative maintenance to keep the issue from worsening.

There are some preventative measures you can take for retaining walls and monument signs including surface treatments, but make sure to check in and verify any treatments with your partnered construction company in order to be sure you have the right treatment for your surface(s).

Don’t wait until the last moment when it comes to sloping or terraced properties. Consistency maintenance of retaining walls is critical to keeping a healthy commercial or residential property. So whether you need to repair an existing structure or you’d like to add a retaining wall to your property, we can help. Contact us today to get a quote and see how we can transform your property.

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Don’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim After Hail Damage

dont-wait-to-file-an-insurance-claimDon’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim!

Most homeowners who have recent hail damage on their roofs can file an insurance claim and receive some compensation, yet far too many people fail to do this. Some of them don’t know they even have hail damage on their roofs, while others might not think it’s worth the time and money to have it fixed. However, the most significant reason why so many homeowners don’t file an insurance claim after a storm is that they simply wait too long to act. By the time they realize how severely their roofs have been damaged, it’s too late to receive any compensation from their insurance companies. They must pay for the repairs out of their own pockets, which can get very expensive very quickly.

How Long Can I Wait to File an Insurance Claim for My Damaged Roof After a Hailstorm?

That really depends on your insurance, but most companies allow you up to a year to file a claim. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should wait for several months before taking action. Your best bet is to file a claim as soon as you think your roof has sustained damage in a storm. The damage is still “fresh” at this time, which means it’s unlikely that anything else has caused any further damage. This will make it easier to prove that it was the hail that damaged your roof, and it will be much easier to repair the damage sooner rather than later.

Hail damage can take years to cause roof leaks and many homeowners put off getting an inspection or fixing damages. This is never a good idea. Here’s why:

  •  When hail hits an asphalt shingle it often knocks off the protective granule coating. Once the granules are gone, the protective layer underneath is exposed to the elements.
  • The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. These exposed areas are very susceptible to leaks.
  • Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water, and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.

Who is Responsible for the Costs of Additional Damage if I Decide to Wait?

While hail damage to your roof is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, the additional damage caused by waiting to get repairs is not. Most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take action to prevent leaks and subsequent damage. Therefore, if you wait until your roof is leaking to make a claim you could be footing the bill for all the major repairs.

Preventing additional damage to your home is one of the reasons why some (but not all) insurance companies have time limitations to file a claim. In fact, most policies state that claims should be filed “promptly” or “as soon as possible”. We also always recommend having a professional contractor assess the situation to prevent further damage and costs. Don’t forget, that you can always rely on Classic Construction for your roof damage and repair needs. Feel free to reach out to us today for any restorations that need to be done to your damaged roof caused by hail storms.

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Annual Inspection Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Helpful Checklist for Annual Inspection of Multifamily Properties

Annual-inspection-checklist-for-maintaining-multifamily-properties Summer is right around the corner. This means families, especially those with kids, will be out and about ready to enjoy the summer sun while making memories to last a lifetime for multifamily properties. With this new excitement of outdoor play comes dangerous hazards! This can be anything from nuisances (Not sure what that is? We have a blog for that!) or cracked sidewalks that can cause trips and falls (You guessed it we have a blog on that too!). The best thing you can do as a multifamily owner or an HOA president is to get these hazards taken care of before the summer season and stay on top of these potential issues. Being proactive and taking care of potential issues as they arise is always recommended, however, doing an annual inspection is also a great way to find any issues or hazards you might have missed. As always, you can reach out to us if you need help with any maintenance that might come up. Below, we have provided a helpful checklist for annual inspection for multifamily properties below to get you off on the right foot to ensure your property is safe for summer play this year and many more to follow!

Amenities

Pool

Pool deck free of cracks and chips

Pool coping free of cracks and chips

Cracks or leaks inlining

Gate and safety locks in working order

Playground

Equipment is safe

Padding is checked

Fencing and safety locks are secure

Fitness Centers

Check door locks

Wall mirrors are securely attached

Weight and equipment mounts are secure

Courts – Tennis or Basketball

Gates and safety locks

Surface cracks

Fix faded or chipped paint

All lighting is in working order

Dog Park

Check and repair fencing

Gates and locks are working

Water stations or water pads in working order

Grounds

Sidewalks

Cracks within the concrete are filled

Curb ramps are checked

Surfacing and leveling issues are corrected

Landscape nearby is maintained

Parking Lots

Paint is visible/pavement striping

Proper signage is used

Safety gates and locks are working

Retaining Walls

Any stucco issues are repaired

Check for leaks

Check for mold on walls

Inspect for cavities or warps

Fencing

All fencing is stable

All holes or entrances are repaired

Buildings

Interior

Separated window seals

Check for mold around windows

Replace malfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Ensure HVAC systems are in working condition

Exterior

Clean and/or repair gutters

Check for broken or damaged shingles

Replace non-working lightbulbs or fixtures

Recreational Buildings/Clubhouse

Check for outdoor grill stabilization

Deep clean grills or cooking spaces

Check for loose hardware on fitness equipment

Dispose of any broken/damaged fitness equipment

 

We all know that the weather getting warmer can bring on amazing projects to keep your multifamily properties in shape and ready for a beautiful summer. At Classic Construction & Restoration, our full supporting staff is ready to shape up your commercial or residential property so that summer happens for you and not to you. Call us today for a free estimate on any of your property projects.

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Make Energy-Efficient Improvements to a Property by Hiring the Right Contractors

Make-Energy-Efficient-Improvements-to-a-Property-by-Hiring-the-Right-ContractorsEfficiency Proficiency: The Importance of Hiring the Right Contractors for an Energy-Efficient Property

If you live in Texas you’ve likely seen (and felt) the rising cost of electricity that’s been happening since the “The Big Freeze” of 2021. It’s no secret that everyone has had higher than normal bills and while there are a lot of options to help reduce that with your power company (like free nights) updating your home can help too. Little things like properly venting your attic space to big things like swapping out your windows can all make huge differences to your electric bill each month and improve an energy-inefficient property. The trick here though is having the proper training and knowledge to do it correctly and that’s where Classic Construction comes in. We can spot opportunities to help maximize your savings, read on to learn more on how to make energy-efficient improvements to a property by hiring the right contractors.

Spotting Energy Efficient Opportunities

If your property or building is in need of renovation, you may want to take the time to look for places where you are losing energy. That’s money being thrown away! These days many building materials are made to be extra energy-efficient, from floor to ceiling. Places to spot where you may be losing “bought air” include your baseboards and flooring, around windows and doors, as well as the window material itself, and attics and roofing.

New energy-efficient windows are often double-paned with gas in between the panes as insulation, and many windows now have energy-saving tints, keeping AC in, and reducing heat from outside. It’s important to make sure all the seals are good and not crumbling. As buildings shift, your windows and doors may no longer be squared, so you can lose energy through tiny cracks around them.

Maximize Energy Savings

No matter what time of year it is, it’s smart to try to implement energy-efficient improvements throughout your home. From choosing the right windows that are properly insulated to choosing energy-efficient light bulbs for your home, the options are limitless!

Hiring a professional to help you decide the optimal ways to maximize your energy savings can be a great long-term investment, that will save you money on your electric bill for months and years to come.

Professionals are knowledgeable and can also help improve your property’s insulation to help the temperature stay regulated in your home. We also can easily add or renovate great tools such as a fireplace insert to give you natural warmth ambiance for the colder winter months. Remember, when trying to maximize energy savings, you should always have a professional analyze your home’s weak spots in order to prioritize your upcoming investments in energy efficiency.

An energy-efficient property doesn’t just have to be limited to smart appliances and solar – a well-versed contractor can find huge opportunities on your property that truly maximize the potential of the property itself and save you hundreds and even thousands over the lifetime of the property – well worth the investment.

If you’re restoring or remodeling your property, now is the best time to have the expert team at Classic take care of finding highly energy-efficient ways to improve your property! Reach out today for a free estimate!

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Who is Liable for Tree Damage to a Property After a Storm?

Know Who is Responsible for Tree Damage to a Property Caused by a Storm

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Who is Responsible for Tree Damage to a Property After a Storm?

When a tree falls on your property and causes damage due to a storm, it can be extremely unsettling – but the good news is that as long as you have insurance on your property, you should be able to handle the repair of the damage with ease.

The problem with these scenarios when it isn’t a tree on your own property, however, is that it can cause disputes about who’s responsible for paying for the damages – especially when high deductibles come into the picture. Despite what you might think, just because a tree that damaged your property isn’t your own doesn’t mean you’re not liable to go through your own insurance. Keep reading to learn who is liable for tree damage after a storm.

Acts of Nature and Insurance

When deciding who is liable for tree damage after a storm and what route to take and if your insurance will cover it, will be based on how and why the tree fell. When a tree falls into a neighbor’s property, that neighbor should immediately submit a claim through their insurance. Typically the insurance company will cover it if it was an act of nature. However, there are some cases in that a homeowner can be held liable such as the neighbor chopping the tree down or pushing it down onto your property. Typically when a tree falls from natural causes like storm damage, insurance covers the expenses listed in your insurance plan since that was an act of nature and no one is at fault for the damage.

When a Homeowner is Held Liable For Tree Damage

In some cases, a homeowner might be held liable for a fallen tree. If the tree was in bad condition, such as disease or dying, unstable due to trimming or losing branches and the owner knew about these conditions, they might be liable for all or part of the damage if it were to fall on its own or if a light storm that might otherwise not topple a tree does knock it over. As soon as a property owner learns a tree is in danger of falling over, he or she has a responsibility to remove or trim the tree to prevent damage.

Commercial Properties vs City Landscaping

When it comes to commercial prosperities one of the bigger questions we get asked is who is responsible when it comes to damage, especially from trees and more so after a storm. Typically the owner of the building is responsible for damage that occurs on the property. So if you’re leasing the building then you’ll want to contact your landlord to have the damage resolved. They will likely have insurance coverage on the building to handle these issues. It is advisable though to have insurance on your property within the building to ensure that this property is covered (this is similar to renters insurance on an apartment).

When city landscaping is the reason for the damage things get a bit gray. The law states that landscaped and open space areas in the public right-of-way are considered to be part of the city maintenance. If the landscaping in question came from these public right-of-way areas then the city should be held liable. So the first thing you would need to do is take a look at your property lines to confirm that the trees in question came from outside your property line and are on the public right-of-way areas. Should you find that the trees did come from these areas then you’ll need to contact your local county for repairs. We suggest having a quote on hand first so you are prepared from when they come out to inspect, read our blog on why this is a good idea. Here at Classic Construction, we can assist you with creating that quote, so be sure to contact us next.

Though unsettling and problematic to have a storm cause damage to your property, companies like Classic Construction & Restoration have just the right tools, connections, and recognition to appropriately keep you prepared to handle any unfortunate situations that cause damage to your commercial or residential property. Contact us any time for a free estimate on your storm damage. On Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Siding

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

7 Signs You Need To Replace Your SidingSiding is a wonderful way to protect your house from pests, weather, and other damage. It’s also a great way to give your house a beautiful look. When your siding is damaged, it’s not doing either job!

If you need to replace your old siding, you want to hire a team to do it correctly and with the right materials, like our favorite, James Hardie siding, so you only have to replace it once! Replacing old siding before it’s too damaged can save you money down the road, if your home or multifamily property isn’t protected, rot, insect infestation, and other times of damage can be far more expensive and time consuming to repair.

You may be wondering how to know when to replace your siding? We have 7 signs it’s time to replace your siding so you can protect your property.

1. Continual Maintenance

Just like with your vehicle, as your siding ages, you will find yourself making repairs more frequently. And just like with your vehicle, skipping regular maintenance can lead to compounding damage, so the tendency is to skip minor repairs that seem tedious or minor, but this can cause your underlying wood structure to become damaged and rotted. If you find your siding is needing frequent maintenance or repairs, it’s time to replace it!

2. Loose or Fallen-off Siding

If you notice loose siding, or siding that falls off or even just flaps in a Texas storm, it’s not protecting your home! Excessive moisture and pest damage becomes a serious concern. If your siding sounds like a haunted house when it’s windy, you have sign that it’s time for replacement!

3. Damage From Pests

Frequent pest issues – hello termites, woodpeckers, and rodents – are a serious issue for your investment. Siding, especially siding made from pest-repelling materials like cement fiber or metal, can deter this critters and keep them from eating or nesting in your property.

4. Faded Colors

Sometimes it’s not only about damage, but curb appeal! No one wants to be the neighbor that causes property values to drop. While faded colors isn’t an emergency, it’s generally a sign that your siding is aging and nearing replacement time. This gives you a little more flexibility to learn about new materials and consider your color options.

5. Warped, Cracked, Buckled, or Sagging Siding

Not only is discolored siding an eyesore, but warped and sagging siding makes your home or commercial building look unkempt and uncared for. If your siding is relatively new, you may be able to replace a few pieces, but if the misshapen and buckled siding is widespread, it’s more than likely time to replace all of it to prevent more damage overall.

6. Rotted or Crumbling Siding

As a protectant of your underlying structure, siding takes a beating on behalf of your house. Water damage, excessive heat, and freezing temperatures can cause your siding to start crumbling and warping, allowing moisture to seep in and cause rot! If you find soft, crumbling areas on your home or apartment building, you can bet moisture is working its way in. If caught early enough, replacing your siding can keep the moisture from rotting your frame. You’ll need a full inspection to make sure the damage doesn’t extend beyond the exterior of your building.

7. Bubbling or Blistered Finishes

Just like with rot, the Texas heat can cause bubbling and blistering on your siding, which might mean your siding material isn’t as resilient or durable as it needs to be for our extreme temperatures. Small bubbles and blisters can lead to cracks, which as we know by now can lead to all manner of damage from rot to pest invasion, so it’s time to get ahead of the game and replace your siding with something more durable like a fiber cement product like the James Hardie materials with ColorPlus® Technology.

How Long Should I Expect Siding to Last?

Siding is a long-term investment and you should expect it to last for a very long time. The type of material, the manner in which it was installed, and other reasons, such as element and weather exposure, can all factor into the lifetime of your siding. It’s important to hire a qualified team, like Classic Construction, for installation to ensure it’s done correctly the first time. Contact us for a free estimate for your siding repair or replacement.

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

Now You Know When to Replace Your Siding – Find the Right Team

While you don’t need to think about your siding all the time, an annual walk around your property should help you know if you need to hire an expert for a closer look. Note any changes from the previous year, and any places you find holes, cracks, or loose panels. Classic is available in the DFW, Austin, and San Antonio areas for all your exterior maintenance needs!

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How Do You Know if Your Roof or Exterior Has Hail Damage?

How to Spot Roof or Exterior Damage from Hail

Severe roof damage, such as shingles getting ripped off your roof or tree branches down may seem obvious to spot. However, minor damage can be difficult to detect through an untrained eye. Get a roof inspection from a trained professional to assess the hail damage on your roof or follow our helpful tips on how to know if your roof or exterior has hail damage.

The first place to look for damage caused by hail is your gutters. High-impact hail that causes roof damage will most likely dent your gutters or downspouts. This is the easiest place to see and evaluate when looking for potential roof damage. If there are dents and dings on your gutters and downspouts, you’re likely to have problems on the roof.

Gutters will also fill up and clog due to granules that shingles can shed when hail hits them. Clogged and overflowing gutters will indicate that hail has damaged your roof.

The second place we suggest looking is your siding, and the third place is your deck. Both of these areas will experience damage from a bad hailstorm and are easy indicators for potential shingle damage. Any hail damage on our siding or deck means you should get a roof inspection.

Can 1-Inch Hail Cause Damage to a Roof? What About Smaller or Larger Hail?

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Metal fascia, siding, decks, and gutters are all places that show hail damage easily.

Yes! In fact, even hail smaller than 1 inch can cause damage to a roof or to other areas of your house. After a hailstorm, the size of the hail can be the easiest indicator as to what types of damage you may face. While this is not a foolproof method for predicting storm damage, understanding the various sizes of hail and how they affect your home is a great place to start!

¾” Hail
The smallest hail we measure, ¾” hail can still be damaging depending on accompanying wind speeds. Hail this size typically dings vinyl siding, window screens, metal fascia (the horizontal or angled pieces that hang from the edge of the roof) and paint on decks. We also see it dislodge granules from asphalt shingles and damage gutters and downspouts. Because of its smaller size, property owners often fail to identify the damages associated with hail under one inch.

1” Hail
Once we hit the 1” mark, we start to see bruising to shingle underlayment and significant damage to siding, gutters and fascia. Wind speeds will determine the severity of damage, and you will also see roof damage similar to damage caused by smaller sizes of hail.

1¼” Hail
With only a ¼” increase, the severity of this size of hail is much more significant. Parts of your property exposed to hail have the potential to look like Swiss cheese. Even without wind, we’ll see this hail cause damage by simply falling out of the sky.

1½” Hail
This size of hail causes significant damage to property. Depending on the amount of hail, the length of time it falls and the accompanying wind speeds, damage to your property could be severe.

1¾ – 2” Hail
Now we’re getting to the size where the hail can penetrate softer parts of a roof, such as ridge caps or plastic roof vents. Combined with wind, this size of hail can tear siding completely off a house, crack windows, and damage most types of metal fixtures.

2” Hail
Anything this size or above will cause significant and severe damage to your property. We are no longer asking “if” you have property damage, but “where” you have property damage. It’s suggested that you call a roofing contractor with insurance experience immediately after this type of storm event.

What Does Roof Damage From Hail Look Like?

If a storm brings hail that is over one inch in diameter, the hail damage to your roof will probably be obvious. When hail is combined with high wind speeds, roof damage can be even more severe. It’s likely that you will be able to see signs of damage such as cracked or broken windows, damaged siding or dented gutters. Smaller hail can cause unseen damage to your roof, so make sure you contact a Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. to inspect your roof, free of charge, after a hailstorm – no matter how small the hail was.

What does hail damage look like on a roof?

While these are the common types of damage we see on asphalt shingles, hail can crack or even shatter harder materials like clay or concrete. This type of damage will be easy to see, but when you consider something like hail impact marks, you really start to see how a roofing expert can help spot small, important details.

Damaged Shingle Examples

Can Hail Damage to a Roof be Repaired?

Yes! Depending on the extent of the damage, repairing a roof damaged by hail can be as simple as fixing a single shingle or as involved as replacing the whole roof. This vast difference in repair options is why we suggest everyone have their roof inspected by a professional after a big hailstorm. An experienced roofer can quickly determine the severity of the damage.
Most roof inspections are also free, giving you a no-cost solution if you think your roof has been damaged during a recent or past storm. If you’re unsure on whether you need a hail damage roof inspection, look for signs of damage like the ones noted above. If you are finding more than one instance of a dented gutter or damage to your siding, you should seriously consider a hail damage roof inspection. As we mentioned before, shingle damage can be severe or relatively mild. While it’s easy to tell when severe damage has occurred, it’s more important to understand the mild damage and decide what kind of hail damage roof repairs may be needed.

What Happens When You Ignore Hail Damage Repairs?

When ignored, shingle and roof damage can quickly turn into leaks or ice dams, which create ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs. These eventually turn into mold damage, electrical issues, or rotting wood — all of which are expensive to fix.

Wood rot and mold, for example, can spiral out of control and are hard to detect until it’s almost too late – causing increased costs and a ton of headaches. Being proactive about potential issues like these can save you thousands of dollars and keep your property in great condition.

Handling Hail Damage

Okay, so now that you know how to see if your roof or exterior has hail damage, it’s important to find a roofing contractor that you trust and, preferably, one that has experience working on projects that require extensive and, often complicated, insurance claims.

Is a hail damaged roof covered by insurance?

A typical homeowner’s insurance policy will include coverage for roof damage from hail, but coverage may be applied differently depending on where you live, who your insurer is and the details of your policy. Coverage may not include what you expected.

How long do I have to file an insurance claim for hail damage?

Many insurance companies require you to file a claim within one year after determining that your roof has sustained hail damage. We recommend that you make an appointment to have your roof inspected as soon as possible after you suspect roof damage caused by hail. You want to be sure that you have plenty of time to review damage assessments as well as any quotes for hail damage roof repairs in order to make the hail claim window.

Now that you know how to tell if your roof or exterior has hail damage, and what to do if you find it, keep us in mind when Texas storms hit. Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. promises to deliver top-quality work on budget and on time. We’re ringing in the new year with our same promise as we do every year – to value our clients as a top priority. From pre-construction, staging and planning, to the deployment of our team to your property, we only bring you the best quality service. Contact us today for an estimate today!