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Dealing With Storm Damage | STONEBROOK EXTERIOR

Storm damage in the Midwest can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of damage to your home or business. Post-storm damage not only creates safety hazards but can create health hazards as well. That is why it’s extremely important to act fast! Having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

1. STAY SAFE — Please avoid climbing on your roof to check for damage yourself! Instead, contact a professional roofing contractor, to inspect your property.

2. LOOK UP — Check the attic for leaks or signs of water damage. Also, if stains or discolorations start to appear on your ceiling or walls, you likely need repairs or possibly a roof replacement.

3. DOCUMENT DAMAGES — When it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph any damages so that you will have a record for your insurance company. Check the exterior of your property for signs of storm damage from the ground. Look for missing shingles or missing pieces of fascia. Look for dents and dings in your roof eaves, gutters, siding, vents, windowsills & window casings. In addition to dents and dings, other signs of impact from hail include, bruising, exposed surfaces and/or chipped paint.

Note: Storm damage varies depending on the type of material. Hail damage to asphalt shingles is not always apparent and can be hard to identify. For example, on a roof with asphalt composition shingles, the areas of impact will be darker in color and soft to the touch. If you have black or dark colored shingles, it can be very hard to spot. These slight bruises may not seem significant, but they weaken the shingles and over time water will be able to leak in. Damaged clay roofs can have visible cracks, while damaged metal roofs are more likely to sustain dents. This is why it is very important to have your roof inspected by a trained professional. If you notice minor damage and aren’t sure if it would merit an insurance claim, just give us a call and we’ll come check it out for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

Q: WE HAD SEVERE WEATHER & HAIL IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD BUT I DON’T SEE ANY DAMAGE?

A: It’s better to be safe, than sorry! Storm damage can be very difficult to detect by an untrained eye. After a severe storm event, we highly recommend that homeowners request a storm damage inspection from a HAAG CERTIFIED Inspector to check for signs of damage. Doing this, will not only identify potential costly issues, but it will also give you peace of mind that your home is safe. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait or ignore hail damage, which can end up costing them a lot more in the long run.


Q: I HAVE OBVIOUS STORM DAMAGE TO MY HOME, WHAT NOW?

A: Act fast! Contact Stonebrook Exterior as soon as possible to set up your free inspection. Then, contact your insurance company to have an adjuster come and appraise the damage. We can meet with your insurance adjuster to help get the ball rolling and ensure your insurance company treats you fairly.


Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?

A: In most cases, you have one year from the date of the storm to file a claim, however all policies are different and in rare instances, you may have as little as six months. The best thing to do is call your insurance agent and an experienced roofing contractor right after the storm to schedule your inspection. This can help prevent any delays in getting your claim handled.


Q: WILL MY RATES GO UP IF I FILE A CLAIM?

A: Filing a single claim should not raise your premiums especially from an “act of God.” However, after a disaster, insurance companies may raise everyone’s rates. If you are the only one who doesn’t file a claim, your personal rate increase is paying for everyone else’s damage except yours.


Q: MY INSURANCE COMPANY STATED I NEEDED 3 ESTIMATES. IS THIS TRUE?

A: FALSE! You as the homeowner, can choose ANY contractor you want to do the repairs or renovation.


Q: THE INSURANCE COMPANY WITHHELD DEPRECIATION; WILL I GET THAT MONEY?

A: That depends. Usually, the money that was withheld will be paid to you when the work is completed, however, every insurance policy is different. If you’re curious about what kind of policy you have, you will need to contact your insurance agent.


Q: DO I NEED A ROOFING CONTRACTOR INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS?

A: You do not have to have a roofing contractor to file a claim. However, it is always beneficial to have a HAAG CERTIFIED contractor on-site to meet with you & your adjuster, so nothing is overlooked, and you get a fair assessment of the damages.


Q: HOW DO I CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR?

A: This is a VERY important question and decision.

Do your research! Check out the company website and most importantly, check out their Better Business Bureau Profile. Make sure they are LOCAL and experienced. You should look for a contractor who is accredited with the BBB and will readily supply you with proper insurance and local references upon your request.


Q: WHAT IS A “STORM CHASER?”

A: Simply put, storm chasers are regional or national companies, which give our industry a bad name. They are watching for storms throughout the country and dispatching sales teams to areas recently hit by large storms. Their main goal is to get as many homes under contract as possible, then immediately move out to the next storm area. They have ZERO interest in their local reputation, quality of installation/materials, and warranties. This results in very poor installations and, in some cases, NO installation at all! Homeowners are then left with roof problems, installed by a contractor that is no longer in the area to service their needs.


Q: HOW DO I SPOT A “STORM CHASER”?

A: This is where doing your research is invaluable. Storm Chasers will position themselves to appear as a local company by acquiring a (temporary) local address and phone number. Use the following tips to help identify & avoid storm chasers:

  • Visit their website and look for local phone numbers, office locations and the year their business was established. (No website? Then you can find all of that information on the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska’s website)
  • Ask to see a copy of their General Liability Insurance and look for addresses of where the policy was written.
  • Ask for local references of completed work… (specifically projects NOT recently completed)
  • Lookout for 1-800 numbers and flyers or business cards without a local phone number.


Dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm event can be overwhelming for property owners. Stonebrook Exterior is here to help. We will guide you through the entire process and be there to answer your questions and offer our expert advice to give you peace of mind.


For more information regarding our services or if you would like a free inspection and/or estimate, please give us a call at (402) 438-5559, or you may fill out our online request form by clicking “Start here for a free quote” at the top of the screen. 

STONEBROOK EXTERIOR JOINING THE LINCOLN YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR 2019 SEASON

Stonebrook Exterior is excited to be joining the Lincoln Youth Football League for the 2019 season and beyond. We are looking forward to coaching the fundamentals of football while promoting the importance of working together as part of a team to achieve success.


For over 17 years, Stonebrook Exterior has provided full exterior construction services to commercial and residential clients across the Midwest. Stonebrook is a long-time supporter of the Lincoln Fire Department and feel honored to have the opportunity to take over the sponsorship for the team previously sponsored by the Lincoln Firefighters legacy.


During the winter of 2003, Steve Kunkel & Jason Reinke founded Stonebrook Roofing. Over the years, our capabilities have evolved far beyond roofing. In 2017, we decided to change our name to Stonebrook Exterior. We feel our updated name better represents our vast capabilities.

Is Your Home Exterior Ready For Spring?

Exterior spring-cleaning gives you a chance to get to know your home even better. Winter weather can damage the exterior of your home, which can gradually lead to more extensive problems if left unrepaired.

 

Just like any home project, it is easiest to approach a wide range of chores by dividing them into manageable areas and making a spring-cleaning checklist to help stay organized. As you check things off your list, be sure you do a visual inspection of your home’s exterior and make note of any damages you may find.

 

SPRING-CLEANING

 

Home Exterior: Cleaning the actual structure of your house is easy and will instantly improve its appearance.

 

Windows: Washing windows and screens will give you a sparkling view of spring even if it's still a bit too cold to be outside enjoying it as much as you want.

 

Gutters: Cleaning out rain gutters is a fall chore for many homeowners but checking them again in the spring will ensure that no debris has become clogged in them during winter storms.

 

Siding: Pressure wash the siding of your home to remove grime. Be sure to start at the highest points of your home to avoid washing dirt down onto clean areas.

 

Garage: Cleaning out the garage will give you more space for summer equipment such as bikes, outdoor games, and gardening equipment. This may be a good time to hold a yard sale as well.

 

Roof: Remove any debris off roof. Check flashing points for any potential problem areas, cut back any tree branches from the roof and look for any abnormalities to the roofing system. 

 

If you see anything that concerns you, contact Stonebrook Exterior at 402-438-5559 to set up a FREE evaluation. One of our representatives will be able to confirm your suspicions and offer solutions. Before you know it, your home will be ready for spring and all the fun that comes with sunshine and warm weather.

How To Treat & Prevent Ice Dams

About Ice Dams

Ice dams are frozen ridges of melting snow that stop the water from flowing off the roof. Ice dams can form on roofs, eaves, dormers, roof valleys, gutters, skylights and downspouts and can cause shingle damage, water leakage into the roof, damage to insulation, moisture leakage into walls and ceilings, and gutter or downspout problems.

Ice dams can be a persistent problem in Nebraska during extended periods of below-freezing temperatures. Ice dams form when roof areas become warm enough to melt snow, typically because of the combination of the insulating effect of heavy snow accumulation and heat loss from conditioned spaces. Water from melted snow runs down the roof under the snow cover and refreezes along roof overhangs where the roof surface temperature is lower. As more water from the melting snow becomes trapped behind the dam of ice, it can back up under shingles and infiltrate the underlayment, leading to leaks.


Prevent Ice Dams

Where ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it may be advisable to remove the snow accumulated on the roof and to prevent additional water backups. Snow removal from a rooftop should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level. An extended-handle broom or roof rake specifically designed for snow removal from sloped roofs may be used to pull snow down and off a roof. This action may damage the roof and should be performed with care to avoid hitting the roof surface, dislodging roof covering materials or pushing snow up the roof.


*We do not recommend attempting to break up ice build-ups on roofs by chipping away with shovels, picks, etc., or applying high-pressure, high-temperature water. The impact of sharp or hard tools or thermal shock is likely to damage a roof covering and aggravate any existing issues from ice damming.


Backed by an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and nearly 20 years of local service, Stonebrook Exterior will help you get your roof back into tip-top shape. If you’re unsure what that extra snow is doing to your roof, please contact us to assess the situation and come up with a plan. Request your FREE, no-obligation consultation today! 402-438-5559


Learn More About Ice Dams

Follow the link to watch this short video to learn more about ice dams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AGU5wDO0cw

Can Interior Window Condensation Lead To Mold?

Your windows are a lot more than just a nice view of the outdoors. They greatly contribute to your home’s energy efficiency, that is, if they’re performing the way they should be. During the winter, when the temperature dips below freezing, you may start to notice moisture forming as condensation or frost on the windows inside your home. 


Moisture and condensation may not seem like an immediate threat to your home’s integrity; however, failing to pay attention to window condensation can lead to wood rot, water damage, and the development of harmful mold. Unfortunately, this mold can be very damaging to your home and to your family’s health. 


Interior window condensation forms in the winter when the warm air inside the house condenses on the cold windows. Oftentimes, condensation inside windows occurs behind a closed curtain or behind furniture or the bed. Interior condensation could be happening for a number of reasons. Failed window seals in the window glass, high levels of humidity in the home, or even from not running the oven or bathroom fans while cooking & showering.  


Is interior window condensation a cause for alarm? It depends on where it accumulates. If you notice any discoloration along the bottom seal of your windows or if you have condensation forming between window panes, pay close attention and have your windows checked for proper installation & glass failure. The important thing to realize is that interior condensation on your windows is a warning sign & you need to address the problem before it causes any major damage to your home. 


If you have questions or concerns, Stonebrook Exterior is here to help. Give us a call TODAY at 402-438-5559 to schedule a free consultation.

JM Peak Advantage Pinnacle Contractor | Stonebrook Exterior

Stonebrook Exterior is proud to share the news that we have reached Pinnacle Level within Johns Manville’s Peak Advantage Program. We are honored to be the only Pinnacle Contractor in both, Nebraska & Colorado​.

The Pinnacle level is the highest of three levels of recognition within the program and only the top roofing contractors with an excellent record for exhibiting quality workmanship installing JM roofing systems, financial stability, outstanding member rating, and high commitment to safety are able to reach this level. Our team has always worked extremely hard to excel in all these areas.


We thank Johns Manville for their trust and confidence in Stonebrook Exterior, and we thank our incredible employees for their continued dedication to making us one of the most trusted and respected roofing companies in the United States. Great work, team!!!


REACH FOR THE SUMMIT, AIM FOR THE PINNACLE!

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