Insurance Claim for Roof Replacement in Vestavia, Alabama

Authentic recently completed a full roof replacement for this beautiful home in Vestavia. This was an insurance claim, State Farm approved their policy-holder for a complete roof replacement. This came shortly after Authentic provided a free roof inspection. Do you have a home in the area and need an inspection? Call us today: (205) 982-5252.

Roof Replacement Type

The Homeowner chose GAF Timberline HD 30 year dimensional shingles for the roof covering. Their choice of color for the roof replacement was Weathered Wood.

This was a complete tear off down to the bare decking. No decking problems were found. Synthetic felt was installed as the underlayment. This is a far superior product to the 15 or 30-pound paper felt most roofers use in Vestavia for complete roof replacements. Ice & water shield was installed in the valleys and around all roof penetrations. All shingles were installed using 6 nails. This results in an effective 130 mph wind rating.

Above are some “in process” construction pictures as well as a couple of completed roof install pictures. If you’re from Vestavia Hills or Hoover and are looking for the best roofing contractor in Birmingham, Alabama area, contact Authentic Restoration for a free roof inspection.

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The Homeowner also had some very nice things about his Authentic Sales Rep, Alfred Pickett.

“Alfred Pickett did a wonderful job on my roof replacement and made the entire process easy and fluid for me.”

Philip K, Vestavia, AL

Types of Metal Roofing – Analyze Your Choices

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Popular Types of Metal Roofing Materials

Only a few decades ago, when a person heard the term ‘metal roofing’, he or she was imagining a rusty tin roof installed on a barn or another type of industrial facility. Nowadays, things have changed. When we hear or read the words ‘metal roofing’, we imagine something entirely different: a durable, elegant and modern-looking roof made of quality metal and painted in a bright, shining color.

Because of the latest developments in the field of metal roofing, this system has become the most functional and attractive choice on the market.

Modern metal roofing is not only durable, versatile and stylish. It is also available in a multitude of materials, designs, styles and colors. We install metal roofing in Birmingham, Raleigh and Indianapolis as well as all surrounding areas.

Best Types of Metal Roofs for Your Home or Business

So, which are the types of metal roofing and how to be sure that you’re choosing the best one for your residence, commercial or industrial building? In order to have a better understanding of this subject, let’s make an analysis of the available metal roofing products, at the same time highlighting the pros and cons of each one.

1. Tin – Many years ago, a lot of industrial buildings were covered with tin roofs. Affordable, easy to install and suitable for storage purposes, tin was still susceptible to rust, corrosion, dents and increased noise, being totally inappropriate for residential construction.

2. Iron – Affordable as well, roofs made from iron are still being used in some industrial facilities. These are two main types of iron metal roofs:

Inverted Box Rib – This type of metal roofing is inexpensive, it comes in corrugated squares and has a low quality. It’s mostly used on small storage structures that do not need special insulation.

Corrugated galvanized iron – The iron panels are coated with steel, for increased durability. It’s appropriate for barns and sheds as well, being cheap and durable. The main drawback of these roofs is their vulnerability to rust, especially under exposure to acidic rains.

3. Steel – Stainless steel is probably the most common metal roofing material, being also the most affordable one – of course, in comparison to other modern quality roofing materials. The above-mentioned steel and iron are inexpensive as well, but they are not suitable for residential use or for large commercial buildings that require good insulation and increased protection against harmful elements. Steel is very strong and resistant to rust and dents caused by hails and impact. However, if left unprotected it is vulnerable to corrosion, that’s why it needs to be covered with special metal roofing paint and coatings. Stainless steel comes in a wide variety of colors, being suitable for homes as well.

  • Galvanized steel – This roofing material is made from steel (or iron) coated with zinc. This combination makes the roof more resistant to corrosion, also improving its aspect.
  • Galvalume steel – Coated with aluminum (zinc can also be added to the alloy) – also for increased resistance against corrosion and rust. It is considered one of the best metal roofing materials because of its longevity and strength. Galvalume usually comes painted from the factory – the professional paint application creates even more protection, also offering the clients a wide range of attractive colors to choose from.
  • Stone coated steel – These roofing panels are made from steel coated with aluminum/zinc with a top layer of ceramic-coated stone granules. This alloy is extremely stylish and strong, being also available in different colors and designs. This type of metal roofing is also appropriate for homes or buildings that try to mimic or recreate a historic architectural style – for example, a Victorian look.

2. Aluminum – More expensive than steel, but it offers more benefits. It is lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion, totally recyclable, malleable and energy efficient, being a good choice for residential use. Because of its malleability, aluminum can be formed into various stylish designs that imitate the look of traditional clay, stone or wooden shingles. The downside of aluminum is its softness – this material can dent easily.

3. Copper – This is the most expensive roofing material. It is extremely durable (copper roofs can last up to 100 years with minimum maintenance) and stylish. It has an increased resistance against fire, also favoring snow shedding. Its only drawback is the fact that in interaction with oxygen copper forms a specific greenish coating (patina) that looks unappealing to many people.

4. Zinc –  Also used in metal roofing because of its resistance to corrosion, malleability and stylish look. However, it is mostly employed as a component in various alloys such as zincalume – a combination of steel, aluminum and zinc.

Metal Roof Coatings

Most metal roofing materials should be covered with one or several layers of special paint/finish/coating in order to be protected from corrosion and other detrimental effects of the environment. However, tin, aluminum and copper can maintain their durability even when left unfinished.

In order to be ready for installation, metal roofing materials have to be molded into specific shapes. Here are the most common ones:

1. Sheets. Sheet metal roofing consists of long stripes of metal which can be connected in various ways, depending on the specific needs of the owner.

2. Panels. Metal roofing panels can have a square or rectangular shape, being available in corrugated or standing seam versions.

3. Look-a-likes. These are metal strips which look like tiles or shingles, being mostly used in residential metal roofing. They mimic traditional styles such as cedar shakes, slate or clay tiles. Such metal shingles are usually custom made to meet the specific needs of the client. Even if they look like individual tiles, these metal strips are still installed as bigger panels – this way reducing the risk of damages and leakages.

What is the Difference Between Standing Seem and Corrugated Metal Roofing?

People that are only beginning to learn the basics of metal roofing are also probably wondering what is the difference between standing seem and corrugated metal roofing.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofing is a formation of roofing panels/sheets which are connected side by side vertically, by using concealed fasteners in an interlocking technique. The clean, straight vertical look of this roofing product is preferred by many households and commercial institutions, being frequently used on residences and various industrial/public buildings.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

Corrugated metal roofing, on the other hand, consists of metal panels with a wavy pattern, designed to increase the overall resistance of a specific small area. Corrugated panels tend to be heavier than other types of metal roofing because there is more metal used in a given area. However, if a lighter material like aluminum is used for making these panels, this roofing system becomes lightweight as well. Corrugated roofing has been used in industrial facilities for a long time. Due to its improved features, though, it began to be demanded in residential construction as well. You can find corrugated metal roofs made from stainless steel, aluminum and copper.

Lastly, metal roofing can be classifies according to its connector system. There are two main types – concealed fastener systems (for example, the standing seam system described above) and exposed fastener systems (which are generally cheaper).

Armed with this information on the main types of metal roofing, it’s time to decide which one is more appropriate for your home or commercial building. Before choosing, though, consider several factors: the style of the building, the needed appearance, the local climate and the ratio between the cost and the lifespan of the roof. Contact Authentic Restoration for a free quote, call (800) 290-0227!

Why We’re the Best Roofers in Birmingham Alabama

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Authentic Restoration – Best roofing company in Birmingham


When you need a roofing company that you can rely on, remember the name Authentic Restoration. We are the best roofers in the Birmingham, Alabama area. We have a long list of satisfied customer referrals that we will happily provide you. We also don’t want you to become the victim of a poorly installed roof. Sadly enough, there are certainly dishonest, fly-by-night roofers lurking in our beautiful state!

We’re Licensed, Insured, & More

When you select Authentic Restoration for the job, you will be happy to know that we are licensed, insured, and maintain General Liability and Workman’s Compensation insurance at levels that meet or exceed all State requirements. This protects all of our customers and provides peace of mind from the day we start working on your roof.

Roof Maintenance Package

With the Winter season nearing, Birmingham homeowners and homeowners within a 50-mile radius, need to confirm their roofs are in good shape. A major leak is the last thing anyone wants to deal with, especially if your roof is covered in snow. Here at Authentic Restoration, we recognize that a simple roof maintenance inspection can help you prevent any future damage to your roof and home. That’s why we offer a $95 Roof Maintenance Package! We will have an expert roofer inspect your homes shingles, tiles, or panels. We work on all kinds of roofs and know what it takes to ensure leaks are prevented before it’s too late!

Don’t Wait For Leaks! Prevent Them Before They Start.

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If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. We want to make your home feel like home, not a money pit! If you are looking for a roofing contractor in Birmingham who has 100s of satisfied customers, contact us today, we’d be happy to provide our expert roof maintenance services.


Hail Damage Roof Restoration in Raleigh

Roof Insurance Claim Raleigh NC

William K answered his door on December 1, 2016, when the Authentic Restoration Sales Rep, Lance Mollison, knocked. Lance told William that Authentic Restoration was a top Roofing Contractor in the area. He offered a popular option: a  free roof inspection for Raleigh, NC  homes. Happily, William accepted.

15 minutes later, Lance was showing William hail damage pictures. They discussed options, Mr. K decided to call in a claim to his insurance company. Lance stayed with Mr. K through the process in case he needed to answer any questions. Here are a couple of the hail damage pictures Lance shared with Mr. K. Obviously, a close-up inspection on the roof is required to detect this type of damage.

Hail Damage Insurance Claim Raleigh, NC

Lance returned 2 days later to meet the Adjuster from Liberty Mutual. Lance showed the Adjuster all the hail damage on the roof. After the Adjuster agreed that a full roof replacement was in order, Lance reviewed the Xactimate estimate that had been prepared. Authentic Restoration is a roofing contractor in Raleigh that has great expertise in working with Liberty Mutual and other Insurance Companies such as State Farm, Metlife, Erie, Allstate, and Nationwide.

Mr. K chose to wait until after the holidays to start the roof build. Lance found a time convenient for Mr. K to view shingle samples. These were brought to Mr. K’s home to review. Tamko Heritage Rustic Black was the shingle chosen. Authentic Restoration is a Raleigh roofing contractor that works with all the major shingle manufacturers including GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, and Atlas.

Materials were ordered. The roof crew which has all the required General Liability and Workman’s Compensation Insurance was scheduled for the roof replacement. Lance met the crew at Mr. K’s home the morning the roof was to be replaced. The materials arrived the morning of the roof construction to minimize the inconvenience to our Customer. This was a fairly large roof, 43 squares.

Roof Replacement Process

The existing materials were removed down to the bare decking. Synthetic underlayment was installed instead of the traditional cheap paper felt. Ice & water shield was installed in the valleys to meet North Carolina State building code requirements. All shingles were installed using 6 nails instead of the required 4. This increases the wind rating by 20 mph. The job was completed in 2 days. Magnetic rakes were used to clean up all the nails and metal debris.

Finished Roof Restoration

Mr. K was delighted with Lance and Authentic Restoration. He is recommending Authentic Restoration as one of the best Raleigh Roofing Contractors to all his neighbors, friends and family. He was kind enough to make a video testimonial to describe his experience with Authentic Restoration.

Who is the best Roofing Contractor in Raleigh, NC? Which Raleigh Roofing Contractor would you call for a free roof inspection? Which Raleigh Roofer would you want to meet with your Insurance Adjuster? Contact Authentic Restoration today for your free roof inspection in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Free Roof Inspections for State Farm Insurance Customers

Authentic Restoration will provide free roof inspections for State Farm Insurance Customers in Birmingham, AL. Approximately 40% of the Birmingham, Alabama roof replacements Authentic provides are for State Farm Customers. Without question, State Farm is the largest Property and Casualty Insurance Provider in the Birmingham area.

Prior to filing any insurance claim, Authentic’s Birmingham roofing contractors provide a thorough free roof inspection to determine if there is roof damage sufficient to warrant a claim. We meet State Farm Adjusters over 100 times per year and know what their standards are for approving a complete roof replacement. Following this process is why Authentic Customers enjoy over a 90% success rate with roof insurance claims.

Exterior Home Repairs

Authentic Restoration is a licensed Homebuilder in the State of Alabama. In addition to roof repairs and complete roof replacements, we replace other storm damaged exterior items such as gutter, siding, fascia and soffit. We repair decks and fencing as well as build new.

Interior Home Repairs

Authentic Restoration has an excellent reputation for top quality interior repairs. Our interior crews will repair drywall and provide complete painting services. We also handle all floor repair and replacement types including carpet, wood and tile.

If you are a State Farm Customer and are looking for the best Insurance Contractor in Birmingham, AL, Please call us anytime to discuss the details of your roofing claim  with Authentic Restoration.

Two Beautiful Roof Replacements in Charlotte

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New Roof Replacement Charlotte

Do you know what roofing contractor in Charlotte, NC to call if you have storm damage? Here are some photos from 2 jobs recently completed by Authentic Restoration. Both of these roofs had storm damage. Authentic Restoration was contacted and promptly came to each property to provide a free roof inspection. Storm damage photos were shown to the Customer. One house was damaged by hail, the other by wind. Here is a small sampling of the storm damage photos that were taken. Over 100 photos overall were taken to prepare for and show the insurance adjusters.

Wind & Hail Damage Chatlotte, North Carolina

Storm Damage Insurance Claims Charlotte, NC

Each Homeowner filed a roof insurance claim, one with Allstate, one with Nationwide. The local Authentic Restoration Manager, Lester Luna, met with the Adjusters from Nationwide and Allstate Insurance Companies. The Adjusters were shown the roof damage and the Xactimate estimate prepared by Authentic Restoration. The claims were approved for full roof replacements!

Lester brought shingle samples to each Customer’s home at a time convenient to them. As it turns out, both Customers chose Tamko Heritage 30 Year Laminated Shingles in Rustic Black as the color. Excellent choice as you’ll soon see.

The Authentic Restoration roof crew was scheduled. All Authentic Restoration crews have Certified General Liability and Workman’s Compensation Insurance to protect our Customers. Materials were delivered the morning of the job to minimize the inconvenience to our Customer. Here are a couple of before pictures of each.

Before Roof Replacement

All existing roof materials on each house were removed down to the bare decking. New high-quality synthetic underlayment was installed. Ice & water shield was installed in the valleys to meet North Carolina Building Code requirements. Ice & water shield was also installed around sidewalls and roof penetrations. All shingles were installed using a 6 nail pattern. This effectively increased the wind rating by 20 mph. All new vents and plumbing boots were installed. Rain caps were installed on top of the plumbing boots to provide an additional layer of protection. These extras are part of what makes Authentic Restoration the best roofer in Charlotte.

Let’s take a look at the finished product.

After Roof Replacement

These Charlotte Customers were looking for a top roofing contractor and are happy they chose Authentic Restoration. One of the Customers, Charlie F, had the following to say about Authentic Restoration in the video following:

How do you know if your home in Charlotte, NC has roof damage? Where can you find a Charlotte Roofer to provide you with a thorough, free roof inspection? What Roofing Contractor can work with Nationwide and Allstate if you file a roof damage claim? Who is the best roofing contractor in Charlotte, North Carolina? The answer to all these questions is the same, Authentic Restoration. Contact us now for a free roof inspection or consultation.

Roof Replacement for Hail & Wind Damaged Roof

Birmingham AL Roof Tile Installation

Birmingham AL Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

Authentic Restoration recently had the privilege of being the roofing contractor for the Owner of this beautiful home in Birmingham, AL. This project started when the Homeowner called Authentic Restoration and asked for a free roof inspection. Our Team promptly responded and found substantial hail and wind damage to the existing shingles. The Homeowner decided to file a roof damage claim with her insurance, State Farm. Authentic Restoration prepared an estimate for a complete roof replacement and met the State Farm Insurance Adjuster. The roof insurance claim was approved!

Here are a couple of photos taken before work was started.

Insurance Claim Roof Replacement in Birmingham, Alabama

This was a challenging job to say the least. The majority of the roof was a 14:12 pitch, very steep. The house had been painted in the past year, we spent a day prepping and protecting the property for the roof demolition.

Once the existing roof materials were removed, installation of the new materials began. A high-quality synthetic felt was installed as the underlayment. The Homeowner made a great choice in Shingles, the GAF Camelot II in Charcoal. This is considered an Ultra-Premium Designer Shingle with a limited lifetime warranty. Here are some more in progress photos.

The final product turned out to be stunning! Great color choice by the Homeowner (Click to view larger images).

The Homeowner had this to say about her Roofing Contractor in Birmingham, Authentic Restoration:

“I want to thank Chris & the Team at Authentic Restoration for helping me get my roof replaced through my insurance company, State Farm. I have a large house that is very steep and dangerous. I had to make sure I found the right company that could handle this type of job. I also had interior damage from leaks and Authentic Restoration was able to get that approved as well by State Farm. I thank Authentic for their prompt service and attention to detail. The crew was great and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re ever in need of a roof, you should call Authentic Restoration!”

Deborah M. 3/1/2017

Looking for a licensed Alabama Homebuilder for General Contractor Work in Birmingham? Looking for the best Roofing Contractor in the Birmingham, AL area? Looking for a General Contractor that has extensive experience working with State Farm? There’s no job too big or too small for Authentic Restoration. Contact us now for a free roof inspection or consultation.

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Mountain Brook, Alabama Homeowners Install Stunning Synthetic Cedar Shake Roof

Synthetic Cedar Shake

Synthetic Cedar Shake

Authentic Restoration is a Birmingham Roofing Contractor that specializes in roofing and has expertise in all popular roof materials. Authentic Restoration is the roofer of choice in Mountain Brook where the demands for quality and service are high.

Authentic Restoration recently replaced the cedar shake on a beautiful home in one of the most prestigious areas of Birmingham, Mountain Brook, AL. We worked with the Homeowner’s insurance after the cedar shake sustained storm damage. The insurance approved a complete roof replacement except for the flat roof dormer on the rear elevation that had newer asphalt shingles installed. The asphalt shingle section was in good condition and was left in place.

Synthetic Shake – Composite Cedar Shake Shingles

Cedar shake shingles have been around for centuries. Unfortunately, they’ve improved little aside from the manufacturing process. Roofs covered by Cedar Shake rely on layers of split felt to shed water. For that reason, the Homeowners chose a synthetic composite shingle, the Brava Shake Tile. The Brava Shake Tiles provide the cosmetic beauty of wood shake but are a much more robust roof covering.

This beautiful Brava Shake roof installed in Mountain Brook by Authentic Restoration required 44 squares of materials. When we removed the existing roof, we found wood slats. The entire roof was redecked with new roofing materials to comply with local building code and provide a high-quality nailable surface. Ice & water shield was installed in the valleys and high-quality synthetic felt was installed on the entire deck surface as to provide the perfect, leak proof roof.

Shown below are a couple of pictures of the existing roof. It was in pretty rough shape.

The crew worked very hard and did a great job of keeping this property cleaned up during the construction phase. Cedar Shakes do not compress, take up a lot of space and can be very messy during the roof demolition without a diligent effort. The Homeowners commented several times how much cleaner the crew kept the property compared to the previous roof replacement they had years ago. The tear off and construction was completed in 5 days which included a few work stoppages for rain.

The finished product was absolutely gorgeous! Even better, the Homeowners were ecstatic with their new Brava Shake Tile roof from Authentic Restoration, the best roofing contractor in Birmingham and Mountain Brook.

finished composite shake roof

Brava Composite Cedar Shake

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Cedar Shake Roof Replacement

A little more about Brava Tile Roofing Products. Brava Tile has partnered with Authentic Restoration in Birmingham. Authentic Restoration is the primary Pro Contractor for Brava Tile Roofing in Alabama. Brava’s products have undergone extensive testing and received 3rd party certifications for the highest levels of wind, fire, and hail and are backed by a 50-year limited warranty.

Brava’s products are manufactured from recycled plastics that were destined for the landfill. They are very light weight which is good news for the house’s structure. So not only are the Brava Tile Products cosmetically appealing, they are also Green.

If you live in Alabama and are looking to replace or install a cedar shake, slate or barrel tile roof, contact Authentic Restoration. We’ll promptly deliver Brava Tile samples to your doorstep so you can see how beautiful they will look on your roof. We’ll be happy to provide a free roof inspection while we’re there!

State Farm Denies Request to Replace Roof in Carmel, Indiana

roof repair carmel indianaA client who hired us for a  roof repair in Carmel, IN filed a claim with State Farm for wind damage to his roof. State Farm denied the request to replace the entire roof, paying to repair the damaged shingles instead. The shingles on our Customer’s roof are no longer in production. Therefore, it was going to be impossible to find a suitable match for his beautiful home.

We requested assistance from a neutral and competent third party roofing expert to attempt to repair a shingle. It was our belief that any attempts to repair the shingle would result in damage to the adjacent shingles that had to be lifted in the repair process. If this proved to be the case, these findings could very well result in State Farm reversing their decision. We decided to video tape the repair process in order to properly document and validate the results.

The video below shows how the roofer carefully attempted to replace the damaged shingle. Despite his best efforts, the shingle above the damaged one tore in 2 places during the attempt. These existing shingles are so brittle it would not be possible to replace all the damaged shingles without creating as many or more damaged shingles.

Authentic Restoration will make the extra effort to assist our Customers. If you’re in Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Noblesville, Indianapolis, or Zionsville, Indiana and have missing or wind damaged shingles, contact Authentic for a free inspection. We’re the best roofing contractor for the job. One of our expert roof inspectors will get on your roof, inspect the damages, take damage photos and discuss your possibilities with you at no charge.