Storm Roofing Blog Storm Roofing Jobs, Weather Tracking and News, Roofing Advice, and Networking Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:01:46 +0000 en hourly 1 For Roofing Salesmen–How Do I Know if There’s Hail Damage? Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:01:46 +0000 Today I would like to share this great article from Mike Coday. It is especially written for new roofing salesmen.

Here is the first part of the article:

The question Ricardo recently asked comes up often when training new roofing salespeople to work older storm damage…

Hello Mike.
My question for you is this…

I just started with a very good roofing company. I’d like to know what I should look for on a roof before I knock the door.

In other words, how do I know that I’m not knocking on a door that doesn’t need a roof; especially in an area that hasn’t been hit by a storm recently?


First of all, great question Ricardo.

Thank you for taking the time to ask. I always like getting questions from roofing salespeople… old and new alike. You can contact me here if you have a question you would like to ask me.

Waste of Time?
Obviously, nobody wants to waste their time working a claim that is never going to get paid. It would be nice if all the storm damaged roofs that qualified for replacement would just glow a bright neon green as you walked up and down the street, but that’s never going to happen.

So, we’ll have to figure this out another way…

Disclaimer: No method is foolproof because there are just too many unknown variables due to the subjective nature of an insurance adjuster’s professional opinion.

You Never Know
If you were the final judge and jury on what roofs would get replaced, this entire thing would be too easy.

But it is not up to you. It is all up to the insurance company.

You are going to have roofs where you sincerely believe they should be replaced only to have the insurance company deny the claim.

On the other hand, you’ll also have roofs get replaced that will really surprise you. If you’ve been in this business more than a few months, you’ve had a few surprises both ways.

What this should tell you is that you need to widen your tolerance for where you will and where you will not work.

It is impossible to narrow things down to only working the roofs that you are 100% Absolutely Positively Guaranteed to get replaced.

Even after a major hail storm you can’t get those kinds of odds…

Read the full article here.

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Press Release for Storm Roofing Jobs Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:05:25 +0000

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Calling all Roofing Companies and Sales Job Seekers-Storm Roofing Jobs is Live! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:01:22 +0000

Ladies and Gentlemen, Roofing Companies and Sales Job Seekers, we are proud to announce the launch of Storm Roofing Jobs! This is THE go-to place for roofing companies to post jobs and find qualified sales candidates, and for sales job seekers to post their resume, be contacted directly by roofing companies looking for team members, and find jobs.

This labor of love has been a while in the making, but we are pretty sure we have worked out all the kinks. However, if you run into any issues or have questions about how to use the site, don’t hesitate to contact

Happy Hunting!

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Fascinating Video and National Geographic Story on Tim Samaras, Storm Chaser Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:18:10 +0000 Here at Storm Central we are not storm chasers, but as storm roofers, we are naturally drawn to extreme weather, weather news, and all things hail and wind damage related. In that vein, today I would like to share with you the fascinating story of Tim Samaras, an expert storm chaser who died chasing El Reno in May of 2013. The video below is in real time, chasing that devastating storm. Read the full story on the National Geographic website.

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Common Roofing Errors Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:21:33 +0000 We have gathered a couple of really good things for you on this Monday morning! First off, watch this video from, 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Installing Metal Roofing.

Great video, huh? And here’s a great article the GAF Pro Blog, 5 Common Roofing Errors

Last but certainly not least, here is a treat, a contest where the prize is a fishing trip with Justin Lucas!

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How to Remove Shingles-Video Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:46:25 +0000 I decided since the last post was about installing shingles, there should be a video about removing shingles.

This video is from The transcript is also listed below the video.

Transcript:How to Remove Roof Shingles

Hi, I’m Rocky Matson for, and today I’m going to show you the tear-off procedure for re-roofing your house. The tear-off is when you remove your old shingles.
Supplies and Safety Information

You’ll need a ladder, shingle fork, claw hammer, a Roll Off (which is a big dumpster), tarps, and safety gear.

Set your safety system up first. Put on your safety glasses, hearing protection, and maybe some work gloves. Have plenty of water on the roof and don’t forget sunscreen. It’s easy to get baked and dehydrated when you’re on the roof.

If your house has power lines that run into your roof, use extreme caution. If you’re not sure what kind of lines they are, call your local power company for help.
Begin at the Highest Point of the Roof

Start work at the highest point of the roof. Begin on the opposite side of the house as your dumpster. In the morning, when you’re fresh, you won’t mind walking across your roof to throw things out. But as the day progresses and you get tired, you’ll appreciate having the dumpster close by. You may also want to lay some tarps down for trash that misses the dumpster.
Rip Up the Shingles

Put the shingle fork underneath the shingles and rip them up. Repeat until you’ve covered a small section and then toss the old shingles. Work from high to low.
Be Careful and Steady

Always watch your step and watch for items around you that could trip you up. New roofers often step on the nail gun’s hose, which will roll under your foot and could cause you to slip off the roof. Roofs get really slippery from the old shingle’s granulars, so be careful around them, and sweep them up often. Also watch out for vent holes or holes from rotting or missing sheathing.
Replacing Gutters

If you’re going to replace your gutters, rip them off by pulling the gutter spikes with a claw hammer or spike puller. If you’re not replacing them, just leave them alone. Be extra careful around the edges of the house.
Inspect the Sheathing

Once you’ve removed the shingles, inspect the boards, which are called sheathing. If they’re damaged, rotting, or flaking, you’ll want to replace them.

When you pull shingles up, you’re sure to pull some nails part way up too. They are a safety hazard and easy to trip on. So immediately pull them up or pound them flush with the sheathing.
Mid-Roof Inspection

Now is also the time to think about a mid-roof inspection. That’s when a person from the the city or county inspector’s office comes to make sure everything is up to par. However, you’ll probably have to make the phone call a day ahead of time.

You’re now ready to put new shingles on your roof. Thanks for watching. For more information, join us on the Web at

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How to Properly Install GAF Timberline Shingles-Video Sun, 08 Mar 2015 12:33:08 +0000 The following video is said to be the best one out there on how to install GAF Timberline shingles. It comes from a roofer in the trade for 32 years. Check it out and tell us what you think.

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Cirrus Clouds are Sentinels of Storms Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:33:11 +0000 I just had to share with our fellow Storm Roofers this fascinating article from, Cirrus Clouds, Sentinels of Storms. It is so very in-depth, with images to go with each example. Watching the weather is one of our most important jobs when it comes to deciding where in the US we will be setting up this spring, so the article is quite timely.

Here is the first paragraph of the article:

The presence of high ice clouds in the sky is always an indicator of patterns in the atmosphere that will most likely shift in a couple of days. The reason for this is because the high ice clouds, known to meteorologists as cirrus clouds, are the advanced warning of distant storm conditions. Storms are most often the product of rising warm air. As the air over a given area of land or water heats up it rises into the upper layers of the atmosphere carrying water vapor with it. The rising water vapor forms clouds. The clouds build higher and higher until they turn to ice at about 30,000 feet. Most clouds at that level are made of ice. You can tell if they are made of ice if the sun looks prismatic through them or there are sun- dogs in the sky. If there are no prismatic effects then the clouds are most likely made of water vapor and not ice crystals. High ice clouds most often are showing the characteristics of the warm air that is rising from the center of the distant low. The sequences of high ice clouds can tell a keen observer a great deal about the forces of the rising air patterns from three to six hundred miles distant.”

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Looking for a Job in the Roofing Industry? Take Heed of this Infographic from Open Colleges Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:09:10 +0000 Social Media's Role in the Job Search
Social Media’s Role in the Job Search byOpen Colleges

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The Best Weather Websites from Votes at LifeHacker Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:26:49 +0000 As a professional blogger, one thing I truly appreciate is a comprehensive blog post. As an example of this, I am sharing a post from Life Hacker, What’s the Best Weather Website? Even though our choice for monitoring the weather is Weather Fusion, I was impressed that Life Hacker had their readers vote for their choice of the best weather website. Along with their votes, the readers tell why their choice was made for the best weather website.

The websites that are voted on are for everyone, not just storm roofers, but if you are a storm roofer, you would do well to read the post. There are reviews and images of each site voted, with the number one choice being Weather Underground.

Personally, after checking out each weather site on the list from Life Hacker, I really liked SimuAWIPS, The One and Only Free Meteorological Workstation. Below is a short description of the product:

SimuAWIPS provides meteorologists, volunteers, students and weather enthusiasts with a free system for conducting basic analysis, tracking and forecasting of weather around the United States. The system collects and centralizes data from the National Weather Service, Universities and other public domain sources into a interactive, menu driven analysis tool that runs from inside your favorite browser. SimuAWIPS makes it easy to view live Satellite Imagery, Radar Data, Model Forecasts and Text Bulletins – from a single environment, at anytime.

I am curious about what other storm roofers consider the best weather websites. Would love it if you’d leave a comment and let’s talk about weather apps and websites for monitoring and/or predicting the weather. Let’s start the conversation by sharing this post on your social networks!

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