21 Dec 2018

Up front a slate roof is costly, the reason is that it will last for a long time. Since you spent a lot of money on it, you are going to want to keep up with a slate roof maintenance plan. A slate roof sometimes needs more upkeep. The good part is that the maintenance is going to be cheap.

Check Your Roof Regularly

Donovan Roofing advises you to check out your roof at least once a year. A thorough inspection from top to bottom will go along way in keeping your roof in top shape. Generally, it is advised to check it before winter hits, it is cold in St. Charles, Mo so we know all about this weather. Now the thing is we want to keep foot traffic at a minimum. The more you walk on it the more it can crack. If you decide to get on the roof try not to walk on the edge of the slate. You will want to evenly distribute your weight. Also, make sure you secure your self so you do not fall off the roof. When the roof is wet it is very slippery so be careful.

Roof Leaks

If you notice your roof is leaking you will want to get it fixed asap. A small leak can cause a big headache if it is left alone. The more it drips the more the damage will spread. A lot of people get upset at the slate roof leak thinking that the slate is the reason for the leak. You have flashing underneath the slate that can come loose. Generally, your gutters and flashing are weak spots to a slate roof.

If you notice a cracked tile or broken tile please try to replace it immediately. That small crack means water is getting through. again if you let water in at any time it is going to cause you big trouble.

Important Check Points

Standing on the ground and looking up at your slate roof isn’t an inspection. If you have a second floor on your home you should go upstairs and give a good look around. Sometimes you will find slate tiles that have warped and crumbled. If you notice one of those make sure it is replaced. You do not want to leave any stone alone. Get up on the ladder and look up and down your tiles. Slate roof maintenance is easy, just make sure you keep up with it.

Slate Roof Maintenance

 

Cleaning My Slate Roof

 

If you decide to clean your slate roof, make sure you use a soft brush. Since your roof is stone slate, you will not want to use any hard chemicals. If you do use soap, make sure it gets washed off as well. Some folks like to have the tile power washed and notice it messed up the tiles. If we could write a slate roof maintenance guide, it would be this page. With a few simple steps, it will last you a lifetime.  

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20 Dec 2018

When St. Louis gets hit with a hail storm it causes major damage to your roof. Donovan Roofing wants to make sure all of your hail questions are answered. Our damage repair services are top of the line and ready to assist you.

St. Louis Hail Damage

 

Do I Need A Roof Inspection?

It is very important to Have your roof inspected after a hail storm. Hail can cause damage 2 ways. First is going to be the visible damage that you can see with your eyes. The second part is the damage it does below that you can’t see. Roofs are built to last but mother nature can have other ideas. A small puncture can cause major roof damage. Donovan Roofing has 24 hr inspections services. So we are ready for the storms.

 

What Happens After I have My Roof Inspected?

Donovan Roofing will be on the scene with you the entire time. We are going do a full roof inspection from the inside of your attic. Then we will go outside and check everything. Once we are done we will go over our finding and make sure you are fully informed. We can discuss a maintenance plan along with the repair guidelines. We are a no pressure company so no tricky sales tactics. 

How Does Hail Effect My Roof?

Hail is a frozen raindrop that is generally produced with a thunderstorm. When hail falls it has no mercy. You will notice your roof has dings and golf ball sized chunks taken out of it. It can ruin a roof really fast. 

Do I File A Roofing Insurance Claim?

The best way to handle a roof that went through hail damage is to call your insurance company and file a claim. Read our filing an insurance claim.

They will want to be updated on every step of your roof.  Follow our guide and you will be set.

 

 

 

 

 

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03 Dec 2018

When a storm comes through St. Louis we know it can be very dangerous. Usually, we get inside our homes and take cover. Unfortunately, our homes tale the damage. When you notice damage to your roof it can quite a headache. Going through the insurance process is tricky. Donovan Roofing wants to make this easy for you. Use this guide to help you through the claim process.

Is Storm Damage Covered by Insurance?

After the storm, it is time to look for damage. If you do notice damage, call Donovan Roofing Immediately. Sometimes our roof can trick us Even though it might look fine on the surface. There could be damage under the shingles or slate. At this point, a trained professional would have to check out your damage. Pull out or contact your policy provider. Sometimes they have time frames of when you need to contact them. So you will want to have your roof inspected as soon as possible.

 

How to file an insurance claim form

Take Pictures of Your Roof

When you have one of our professionals out, they will know where the damage is. They will take a look over your entire roof. They are going to take pictures and document everything. When you call Donovan out, we are going to take pictures and give you a written explanation of what needs to be fixed and give you an itemized list in detail. Sometimes you might have damage that isn’t big enough to submit a claim.

When you get your insurance involved. They are going to ask for proof of damage before you file your insurance claim. They will want measurements, what caused the damage, and the time and date of damage as well. You will want to take a lot of great pictures and document everything. You will want to make sure your insurance company has everything. The more proof and data you have will keep them from trying to deny you. We have seen this happen many times here in St. Louis.

 

We talked to Benny Mazzier at Marketing Solutions STL. He used some of his marketing data and found that most homeowners do not document enough of the damage to their roof. This is leading to more claims being denied

Find out What your Insurance Policy Covers

After the storm has passed you are going to want to contact insurance as soon as possible. It is good practice to keep your insurance policy at home so you can look over it. This will allow you to immediately check how fast you need to contact them. When reading through your policy you will want to check out the guidelines that show the amount of damage they will cover.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Damage From Storms?

In some cases, if your roof is ten years or older, your insurance company could only cover a portion of the cost. This is usually based on the depreciated value of your roof. The easiest way to find out how much they are going to cover will be to contact them. After you submit your claim, an adjuster will be sent to inspect the damaged areas and they will help submit how much the insurance will pay to either replace or repair your roof.

Roofing Contractor With Storm Damage Experience.

Donovan Roofing has been serving the St. Louis area for over 15 Years. When you find out your insurance is going to cover the damage of your roof. When selecting a reputable contractor. Ask around for references. Shopping around for cover is a great idea. This will allow you to have the upper hand in selecting your roofing contractor. This will also help you know if a chuck in the truck is ripping you off. A lot of the times a roofing contractor will not be able to assist in handling your insurance claim. Only use a licensed and insured contractor.

 

Contingency Contracts Are A Pain

Unfortunately, companies sometimes are not truthful. We have seen many contractors that trick you into signing them up for the job. They might hide it under an inspection report. When you start having companies out make sure you are not signing anything. They can give you an estimate without you signing paperwork.

Look out for pushy salesmen. One of the worst things someone can do is push you to sign a contract during this time of stress. If a contractor is pressuring you to sign up, you need to walk away. We recommend you go to the Better Business Bureau. Make sure they have an A+ rating. This will prove they are able to do good work.

Call Donovan Roofing For Your Roofing Needs.

Having your roof inspected, covered and fixed can be a terribly long process. When you partner with Donovan Roofing, we will bring you 100% quality satisfaction. We will work for you and make sure you get the most out of your insurance company. With our staff on the job, we will make sure you are covered and are not hurt by them. Donovan Roofing is here to help you.

 

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03 Dec 2018

Slate Roof Repair

Nothing can match the beauty of a slate roof. A natural slate roof can outlast you. This is a step by step guide for slate roof repair. It is one of the most durable types of roof that you can buy. You can use it on your home like many homes in St. Louis, Mo they still hold their looks and the test of time. Just remember to keep your roof lasting longer than you will own the home, it does take a bit of maintenance. To get the most life out of your roof repair and inspect it regularly.

 

If you are needing repairs call us today.

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Getting to your Roof

To keep you with the maintenance and repairing of your slate roof, we will need to access it safely. Find the area that you feel will need to be repaired. When a slate roof is wet, it can be almost as slippery as ice. Since it is a natural stone product it can also grow some moss on it. Before you get on the roof, please make sure you have properly cleaned any area that has and growth or moss on it. Slipping on the roof could cause a lot more damage that we are out to fix.

 

St. Louis Slate Roof Repairing

Tools Needed To Repair A Slate Roof.

  • Slate Cutter
  • Hammer
  • Flat Pry Bar
  • Slate Ripper
  • Tin Snips
  • Chicken Ladder
  • Caulk Gun

Materials Needed To Fix A Slate Roof.

  • Replacement Tiles
  • Copper Roofing Nails
  • Sheet Copper
  • Polyurethane Caulk

Removing A Damaged Slate Tile

As a result of a damaged slate tile, there are normally bits and pieces of the tile left behind. You will also see leftover nails that were used to secure the tile. This is a good time to start removing any of the pieces left over. We will also remove those nails that will get in the way. This is a must do step before we can insert the new tile.

We are going to use the ripping tool and use the hook to remove those leftover nails. If you feel comfortable using your hammer and you have the room that will be fine as well. insert the ripper so that nail is in the middle of the hook. You can hit your hammer on the opposite end of the ripper and it will pop the nail out. Generally, this will either rip the nail out or cut it.

Slate Tile Size

After you have cleaned out where the broken tile laid. We are going to want to size up the replacement tile. This is going to be a very important step. Grab your slate tile and lay it on top of where it will be laid. IF the tile needs to be sized up, this is when we will use our slate cutter. A lot of times roofers will use the original tile to size up the new tile. You can only do this is the original tile was not broken. If you see the new tile is a bit bigger you can trim the new tile to size.

Replace The Broken Slate Tile

Time for us to replace the broken tile. Remember when you install the new tile we want to make sure it isn’t nailed down tight. At this point, we are going to use our copper roofing nails. When we are hammering them in the should be flush with the surface. When you hit the nails to tight it can cause our tile to break apart.

Let’s slide the new tile into its spot. We are going to place it under the slate above it. When you slide the new tile up into the spot. You could feel some resistance. This means there is still some stuff for you to clean out from the broken tile. Grab your slate ripper and get in there and clean it top to bottom. Try to slide the late where the bottom of that slate is flush with slates on each side.

Now that we have put the slate into its new home. We are going to attach it using our copper roofing nails.  Put the first nail in between those two slates above it. Make sure that nail is installed about 2″ above the first nail. You will want to use two nails. This will prevent it from rotating.

Installing Copper Slip Under The Replacement Slate

Time to insert the copper slip after the nails have been secured. We are going to use this copper slip to Flow water. Cut the copper slip so it is about 4 to5 inches wide.

Once the copper slip has been measured and cut. You will place a small bend in it. This will help apply tension to the slate so it will stay in place. You are going to slide the copper under the edge of the two slates. Once everything is nailed down, you should have a roof that is once again pristine and ready to last a lifetime.

If you are needing help with your slate roof repair. Call Donovan Roofing today. Will will have same day service for you. If you feel your slate roof needs to be replaced click below. 

 

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29 Nov 2018
St. Louis has a proud architectural heritage, with many different design styles. Slate Roofing is prominently featured in STL’s most affluent neighborhoods including, Frontenac, Clayton, Ladue, and many locations in the city.
Best Slate Roof St Louis, Mo

Why Donovan for Slate Roofing in STL?

We are the best at installing slate, tile and copper roofing on homes of any size. Donovan Roofing and Construction, LLC is locally owned and operated in St. Louis, providing residential and commercial roofing services. The mission and goals we set on day one haven’t changed – deliver top quality, cost-effective projects within budget and on time.

We approach each new project as if it was our own, staffing highly performance teams that are motivated, flexible and focused. With over 15 years experience, we pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality service from the initial estimate and claim to the final inspection. During a time when most companies are not there to support you, we are here. Our trained team accurately assess your damage, and recommend the best course of action, while always putting our customers best interest first.

We are going to reach out to your insurance company directly so you can relax. This will keep you ensured that your storm-damaged property is replaced with quality products and expert installation. We will make these repairs as quickly as possible while treating you and your property with the utmost respect. With our vast knowledge and experience, we can accurately bid your project based on your insurance company’s predetermined rates. This eliminates any surprise charges later when we accomplish all your needed repairs. As a financially stable, passionate and reputable company, your ONLY cost is your insurance policy’s deductible – No surprises, No hidden costs. We look forward to speaking to you soon and having the privilege of earning your business now and in the future

 

Reasons To Buy a Slate Roof

There are many reasons for you to own a slate roof. Today we will get into a discussion on what the pros of having a slate roof are.

  • Environment Approved– Statistics show that 5% of landfill waste comes from our roofs. Remember shingled roofs last between 15 to 25 years. So they are being replaced constantly, filling our landfills sky high.
  • Fire Proof– Unlike your shingle roof, Slate roofs are virtually fireproof. The tile its self is 100% fireproof. This is why when you look at homes that are built out in the areas known for wildfires, most of these homes have slate roofs.  I know we don’t have to deal with wildfires very much or at all here. The idea though behind this is for the 4th of July, lightning storms and many other things that can cause a roof to be hot.
  • Long Lasting– Slate roofs have been known sometimes to last 150 years. So this means slate roofs last 6x longer. This is a great reason to buy it.  You always hear people talking about they are needing to get their roof replaced. If they would have bought a slate roof from Donovan Roofing they wouldn’t be having this problem.
  • Keep Up With The Jones– Have you ever driven through a neighborhood in Ladue, Mo and noticed some of the older homes and the roofs look incredibly beautiful. Generally, this is because these homes were built with a slate roof. The slate roof allows you to custom build your design to meet your specifications. I bet if you were to reach out today you would be surprised by how many styles are available.

 

We would love to come to give you a bid today.

 

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