We Offer Synthetic Felt Paper

To be the best you have to install the best. Synthetic felt paper cost triple the amount of tar paper, but it will never decay. And it has dog prints on it!

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Artificially manufactured from polypropylene, fiberglass, polyethylene and polyester. They are light materials that are placed under the roofing shingles, offering a lighter, water and radiation resistant barrier for the roof deck. The materials make for a more efficient water barrier without the factoring of mass, meaning that the sheets are significantly thinner and lighter compared to felt paper roofing underlayment

How To Check Your Roof For Hail Damage

To identify hail damage on your roof first check out items on the ground such as patio furniture or your car, this is a relatively straightforward process. The round dings in metal are visible signs of hail damage. However, determining whether your roof has sustained damage from a hailstorm may be a little more tricky. It’s important to keep your roof in top condition to avoid structural deterioration that may cause leaks. Most insurance companies will pay for a roof that has been damaged by hail, but it must be correctly assessed. Insurance adjusters will require the opinion of a professional roofing contractor such as “Born To Roof” before they will consent to the work, but you can also check for hail damage yourself before calling us by following these tips.


Search for marks on the metal. Check metal roof vents, flashing or metal valleys on the roof surface to see if there are any dents or paint chips. Soft metal such as aluminum will show dents, and also indicate the size of the hail.


Check the top ridge cap of the roof for dents or damage. This area of the roof area will receive the most damage from hail since it is a flat area and will take a direct hit from hail in a storm. Look at the shingles. Check the whole shingle, as well as the edges, for signs of damage.


Identify the types of roof damage caused by hail. The three major signs of hail damage include bruising, cracking and granules missing from asphalt.

Check for missing pieces in the asphalt shingle of the roof. Look for areas of the shingle that have exposed, black substrate. The granules of the asphalt have been compromised or knocked off by something.

Search for bruising in the shingles. Dents from hail are not always completely visible. Run your hand over the shingle to feel for small dimples in the surface. Press one of the dimples to see if it has any give. If it does, this is a sign that the shingle has begun some deterioration.

Look for cracking in the shingle. Large hail can make a circular crack if it hits hard enough.



Once you identify that your roof has damage, it’s time to call Born To Roof at 502-338-8889. We can help confirm the hail damage and assist you in filing an insurance claim to get your new roof. We are here to help you every step of the way.


How To Inspect Your Roof

Inspecting Your Roof

People should make a habit of taking a good look at their roof in the autumn before a long winter sets in. Unless you are having trouble with visible leakage, checking the roof a bit more often than once a year is advisable. Roofing material, like anything else, is subject to wear and tear and is your first line of defense from the elements. Because Louisville KY has many different weather patterns, it is a good idea to know what to look for, and what to expect when it comes to caring for your roof. A neglected roof can cost you way much more than what it normally would regarding damaged roof boards, studs, and even interior ceilings and walls. Here, we will look at how to inspect your roof, a little about types of roofing materials, and how to assess the damage.

What To Look For

Just going up on the roof and looking around isn’t enough. You will need to look for specific things. Let’s see what it needs:

Check flashings on the roof. Flashings are the metal pieces in a roof that cover interruptions in the roofs pitch, such as around dormers, chimneys, and vent pipes. If it appears there is damage, fix these problems right away, or call a roofing contractor and have them fix problems. Inadequate or faulty flashing will allow snow meltage to enter the interior, causing not only infrastructure rot but possible damage to interior walls.
Asphalt roofing materials have a rough surface, much like fine gravel. As the asphalt ages, it becomes brittle, and these granules will come out over time. If you see a lot of these granules in gutters, chances are the roof is aging. Look for bare spots in asphalt shingles, and inspect closely for signs of tearing or warpage. If you notice shingles curling up, it is time for a replacement.
If your roof has wooden shake or shingles, look for signs of dry rot or warpage depending on the climate of your locale. Know the difference between wooden shakes and shingles – shakes are hand-split on at least one face and either tapered or straight.
Shingles are sawn and tapered. If an inspection reveals that approximately one-third of the shingles or shakes has any sign of the above damages, it is time to replace the roof. Never walk on a wooden shake or shingle roof when inspecting.
A metal roof has a design life of 50 years if maintained and properly painted. Metal roofing comes in galvanized iron or steel, aluminum, copper, and even lead in older homes. Each has its wear characteristics. Look for signs of pitting, rusting and corrosion that can be the natural results of aging
. Look for loose or open seams and joints that can lead to leaking.
Slate, clay tile, and asbestos cement shingles are high end, but will last the lifetime of the home if cared for properly. They are subject to ice damage in extreme climates. Because they are so brittle and easily broken, the best way to inspect them is by using binoculars to get a close look at their condition. Check for broken, chipped or missing pieces.

If you are not capable of climbing to high spaces, call a trusted roofing contractor to do the inspection for you. Many of them will do so free of charge, in hopes of getting your business. Many roofing contractors can be scheduled on a bi-yearly basis to come and inspect your roof. In any case, you can check a roof quite well using binoculars. Always inspect under eaves and overhangs to look for damage that might indicate water leakage, especially at points of the roof that don’t conform to the flat roof plane, such as dormers or skylights. Taking the time to do a thorough inspection on a regular basis will save you a lot of money in the long run.

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