5 Tips: How to Avoid Scams for Storm Damage Roof Repair

A roof that has a hole in it - avoid scams and hire a reputable roofing contractor

A total of 13 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin on June 15, causing millions of dollars in property damage. Our crew at Culbertson Construction is busy repairing and replacing roofs that were damaged in the storm. With so many homeowners needing roof repairs right now, we wanted to offer some timely professional advice. We want to let homeowners know how they can save money and reduce the hassle of roof repair caused by storm damage.

Sometimes, storm damage is as obvious as shingles in the yard that blew off the house in strong winds. If it’s not that obvious, climb a ladder to inspect the roof. Look for hail-dented, cracked, torn, missing or damaged shingles on the roof. Check the gutters and downspouts for debris. Signs of wind and storm damage might appear indoors as well. You might see brown, gray or yellow water streaks or water spotting, cracked or peeling wallpaper or damp ceilings and rafters. Take photos to document the storm damage.
Once you verify that your roof sustained storm, hail or wind damage, it’s time to do some research. Read your homeowner’s insurance, so you know exactly what roof damage your policy covers. Some insurance companies will cut a check for a full roof replacement while others will cover only roof patching. Contact your insurance agent to make a homeowners insurance claim. In most circumstances, an insurance adjuster will stop by to inspect the roof’s condition and any storm damage that occurred.
Unfortunately, fly-by-night roofers often show up immediately after a major storm. Although these contractors may be legitimate, don’t be fooled. There are several ways to know you’re getting quality workmanship and long-lasting products. Before hiring a roofing contractor to repair storm damage: • Do an online search using the contractor’s name and the business name. Check the reviews, website, and Facebook page for information that demonstrates the company’s credibility, history, and commitment to quality workmanship and products. Bottom line, look for signs of a reputable roofing company. Avoid scammers that leave you with leaks and expensive roof repairs and reconstruction down the road. • Confirm that the roofer is licensed and insured. • Select a Wisconsin-based roofer, instead of an out-of-state roofing contractor. This is especially important if, in a few years, you need a replacement shingle or other follow-up repairs. A local roofer can easily accommodate your request, for example, for a lost shingle. • Compare estimates from several contractors, but don’t base your decision exclusively on price. Also consider the company’s reputation, experience, warranties, professionalism and approach to customer service.
First of all, don’t pay upfront for roof repair work. By paying out-of-pocket before the work begins, you run the risk that the roofer isn’t legitimate and doesn’t complete the work. Instead, work with your insurance agent to handle the claim for storm damage.
Culbertson Construction is a family-owned and family-operated construction company that’s been in business for over 20 years. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Culbertson Construction is fully insured and licensed in the state. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, the roofing contractor is a BBB Accredited Business. Contact Ben Culbertson for a quote for storm damage or roofs, siding, windows, and doors for homes and commercial buildings in Northeast Wisconsin, Green Bay and Appleton.

7 Consequences of Delaying Roof Replacement

Egad! A new roof is expensive! We get it. But avoiding roof replacement will actually cost you more in
the long run. If you want your home or commercial building to last, you need to replace your roof about
every 20 years. Delay roof replacement, and you run the risk of even more expensive home repairs
down the road. So, what are the consequences of procrastinating, instead of calling Culbertson
Construction for a roof replacement?

7 Consequences of Delaying Roof Replacement

Leaks That Cause Water Damage

You can suspect a leaky roof is to blame if you see brown stains on the ceiling or walls or puddles or
wetness in unexpected areas.

Higher Utility Bills That Rob Your Wallet

Your roof is a like a lid. The lid keeps in the warm air in the winter and the air-conditioned, cool air in the
summer. When heating and cooling bills spike due to escaped air, you need a new lid, AKA roof

Mold & Mildew That Harm Your Health

A healthy home or business is a No. 1 concern for those living, working, and visiting. Moisture buildups
sometimes cause mold and mildew to grow, threatening the health and well-being of people with
respiratory issues, allergies, or other health problems.

Animal & Pest Infestations That Create Health Hazards

Faulty roofs create enticing environments for animals and pests to live. Roof replacement helps to block
unwelcome critters, like insects, bats, raccoons, and squirrels. Infestations can cause structural damage.
Plus, they are a health hazard.

Structural Damage That Leads to More Problems

A roof’s structural integrity directly impacts a home or building’s interior and foundation. An old, faulty
roof might be a sign of an unstable foundation or water-damaged interior.

Safety Issues That Threaten Well-being

Driving around rural Wisconsin, you’ve probably seen Wisconsin barn roofs that are caving in. These
barns lost their ability to safely house animals, crops, and machinery. The same goes for old roofs on
homes and businesses. Without timely roof replacement, homes can become inhabitable.

Resale Value That Hampers Real Estate Deals

The property value of a home or business diminishes if the roof is in disrepair. A leaky roof or missing
shingles will lower the resale value of the property. On the other hand, a new roof increases property
value and is likely to attract better offers from interested buyers.

Time for Roof Replacement

At Culbertson Construction, we make roof replacement as painless as possible. We typically can shingle
a roof in just one day. Our prices are fair and competitive, and we provide free estimates for both
residential and commercial roofing. Culbertson Construction, Green Bay, is Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, so you know you’re getting a contractor you can trust. We are members of the Brown
County Home Builders and Wisconsin Builders Association.

Don’t delay roof replacement any longer. Call Ben Culbertson (920-362-4204) for an estimate in
Northeast Wisconsin: Oconto, Kewaunee, Door, Outagamie, Shawano, Calumet, Manitowoc, and Brown

Need a new roof or siding? 6 Questions to Ask

Are you ready to update your roof, siding, windows, or doors? Residential and commercial renovations can be a big investment, so you’ll want to do some research before hiring a contractor. By asking a few simple questions, you can choose the right contractor for you. Here are Culbertson Construction’s answers to 6 commonly asked questions.

How long have you been replacing roofs, windows, siding, and doors?

More than 20 years! Culbertson Construction is a family-owned residential and commercial construction company in business since 1999. Owner Ben Culbertson has worked in construction since 1992 and works on every job. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, Culbertson Construction has an outstanding reputation for quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and competitive prices.

What is the cost of a new roof, siding, windows, or doors?

Costs vary, depending on the scope of the project. To nail down an amount, Culbertson Construction provides free, written estimates. They honor their estimates and notify you of any unexpected expenses. Moreover, they generally match competitors’ prices. Payment is due upon project completion, and financing options are available. A down payment is optional, so you hold all the money until the job is completed to your satisfaction. Because jobs are bid so tight, Culbertson Construction doesn’t offer cash discounts.

What warranty do you offer for home renovation services and materials?

Culbertson Construction takes pride in its workmanship, offering a 10-year warranty. Additionally, Culbertson Construction uses top-performance components from trusted manufacturers like Andersen windows, Owens Corning shingles, and Mastic Home Exteriors siding. Generally, manufacturers of windows, doors, and siding offer 10-year warranties. Likewise, roofing manufacturers offer a limited, lifetime warranty on shingles.

When will home renovations start and finish?

For your convenience, Culbertson Construction will work around your schedule. The company typically schedules projects 1-2 weeks out. Construction work begins at 7 a.m., and crews work an 8- to 9-hour day. Experienced and efficient, the 4- to 6-man crew can roof a home in just one day. Siding replacement takes 3-5 days. For commercial projects, Culbertson Construction works weekends if necessary.

Will I receive a contract to review before construction begins?

Yes. You will receive a detailed, written contract, plus a certificate of insurance and a copy of the contractor’s license. Culbertson Construction has a stellar reputation for integrity and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

What area of Wisconsin do you cover for home improvement projects?

Culbertson Construction serves residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin within a 50-mile radius of Green Bay. This includes Oconto, Kewaunee, Door, Outagamie, Shawano, Calumet, Manitowoc, and Brown counties. The crew travels from Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, and Manitowoc in the south to Oconto, Kewaunee, and Door County to the north.

Do you own a home or business in Northeast Wisconsin? Need a new roof, siding, windows, or doors? Contact Culbertson Construction for a free estimate.

Is Your Roof Old Enough to Buy a Beer? 7 Telltale Signs It’s Time for Replacement

When’s the last time you climbed up on your hoursetop and had a good look around? Never? Well, that’s OK. You don’t need to risk your neck on a rooftop to know when to replace your roof. The telltale signs are visible from below.

So, when is it time to call Culbertson Construction? Here are some facts to consider (from the safety of your living room recliner) so you know when your roof is past its peak.

Your Roof is Old Enough to Buy a Beer

Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 20-25 years. Thus, the age of the shingles are a good measure of when to contact a roofing contractor.

Your Roof Can’t Hold It Together in a Storm

Strong winds can blow shingles off the rooftop. If you find shingles on your lawn or driveway, then certainly you know it’s time for replacement. Even if you don’t immediately replace the entire rooftop, at least replace the missing shingles.

Dogs Shed, But Your Roof Shouldn’t

Check the health of your shingles by looking in gutters and down spouts. Sludge and sand granules indicate a breakdown of the asphalt shingles.

Your Roof Leaks Worse Than WikiLeaks

Stains on the inside walls of your home are a sure sign of a leak. Definitely, bad news! Check for water stains, especially near exterior walls.

Your Roof is Unlike a Rolling Stone

Your shingles should be like the proverbial rolling stone gathering no moss. Nothing should grow on their surface. Moss and algae damage a roof by eating into the asphalt shingles and underlayment.

Your Roof is Under the Weather

Hailstorms and ice dams can damage asphalt roofs and cause leaks. In turn, leaks can damage walls, insulation, furniture, electrical systems, etc. Additionally, excess moisture contributes to the growth of mold and mildew.

Is It Time to Call Culbertson Construction?

Don’t let a damaged or leaking roof get out of hand. Instead, call Ben Culbertson (920-362-4204) for a replacement estimate. Culbertson Construction has 20 years of roofing experience. The Green Bay-based company serves residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin: Oconto, Kewaunee, Door, Outagamie, Shawano, Calumet, Manitowoc, and Brown counties. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, Contact Culbertson Construction is a contractor you can trust to do the job right.