Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

My insurance company said you can't nail down a tarp on the roof. Is that true?

While it is very true that you can't just drape a tarp over a gap in the roof, tack down some nails and call it good enough, some form of fastener is required to secure the tarp while causing the least damage to the "healthy" areas of the roof. The owner of Top Choice Roofing, LLC is a preferred contractor with most insurance companies in Alabama, though, and our method for securing the tarp is always accepted and appreciated by insurance companies. We wrap the edges of the tarp around boards to pull it taut and then carefully screw the board itself into the roof deck or the underside of the eaves.

Can you tarp my roof even if it's still raining?

Generally, we'll wait for a break in the rain before climbing onto a roof when the rain is still sheeting due to the safety risk. One of the best benefits to choosing  is that we live right here in Alabama, so we'll be watching the weather along with you. Just give us a call, and together we'll determine the best time to tarp your roof.

Do I have to hire you to fix my roof if you tarp it?

Absolutely not, but you should. Temporary roof tarping is generally covered by your homeowner's insurance policy, but choosing multiple contractors for the same claim may delay the process. Insurance companies refer their clients to us all the time, though, because they trust us to get the job done right at a reasonable price. We can be on our way to tarp your roof, and we'll come back and meet with your insurance adjuster to discuss our recommendations for the repairs. One-stop-shopping!

A tree fell on my roof. Do I need to call a tree removal company, too?

We can arrange for the tree removal for you. We know a couple of local companies we'd trust with our own homes, and we'll work with them to coordinate any repairs necessary due to a fallen tree.

How can I tell if my roof was damaged by the storm?

Check your yard for any shingles that may have blown off. From the ground (do not climb up on your roof yourself), look at your roof for any visible signs of damage. Hail will cause "bruising" and discoloration. Also, check your attic spaces for any signs of water intrusion. Still not sure? Give Top Choice Roofing, LLC a call. We'll come out for a free inspection of your roof.

Is storm damage covered by my insurance?

Your insurance company may send a roof inspector to assess your roof damage claim. They'll be checking to see the extent of the roof damage, what will be required to make the repairs, and also if your roof was poorly maintained or in need of repairs BEFORE the storm. You are entitled to an inspection of your own, however, and our roofing contractor will provide an extra set of eyes to ensure your property will be restored to pre-storm condition.

What kind of roof repair services do you offer?

We can repair any roof – from securing loose shingles or flashing, replacing missing or damaged shingles, to rebedding ridge caps, to replacing water-damaged roof decks. has a team of experienced roofing contractors who can repair any roof damage you may be experiencing.

Do you offer free roof inspections?

Yes! Our experienced, licensed roofers will inspect your roof up close to assess the scope of any obvious damage and also map out the probable unseen damage just below the surface. With that knowledge at hand, we will let you know if roof repair is the most affordable option or if you're better off with a full roof replacement.

Why do I need to repair my roof?

Damaged roofs cause roof leaks, which creates a dangerous water and moisture problem in the house below. Whether the roof damage was caused by hail or fallen trees to simply granule loss due to aging roof shingles, prompt attention and repair will avoid further, more costly damage down the road.

How much will it cost to replace my roof?

The pricing for new roofs depends primarily on the square footage of the roof surface, the type of material you choose (asphalt, metal, cedar shakes, tile, etc), and the complexity of your roof (dormers, steep angles, etc.) Because we've been installing new roofs in the Cullman and Surrounding Areas area for so many years, we have the experience and resources to help you decide on a quality roof solution that will suit your budget.

How long does a roof last in Alabama?

Each shingle brand provides a different guideline for how long they expect their shingles to last. A properly installed roof will generally last up to 15 years with regular maintenance and inspection, especially after severe weather events.

Can you just re-roof or lay new shingles over the old ones?

While there could be some initial cost-saving in laying new shingles over an old, aged roof, we generally don't recommend re-roofing. Old shingles also mean an old roof deck. By tearing off the old shingles, our licensed roofing contractor will then be able to spot any areas of instability or damage to the roof deck that may have been hidden by the shingles. We can replace any sections where there may be wood rot. Roof installation techniques and materials have also changed over the last couple of decades, and your old roof may not be up to code. "Re-roof" jobs may also not carry the same warranties as a full replacement.

What should I look for in a new roof?

When you decide it's time to consider a new roof, consider first your budget and your goals. Metal roofs tend to last longer than asphalt shingles, but they cost more upfront and may not "fit in" with the neighborhood. Asphalt shingles are an affordable option, but even in that arena, there are choices that will determine the overall aesthetic and potential lifespan of the roof. Consulting a roofing contractor to help you make these choices is best. They'll have the experience to help guide you towards the best result.

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