Complete Guide: Pass Roof Windstorm Inspection in Surfside Beach, Texas

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Roofs ONE

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Learn how to get a Windstorm Certification in Texas:

There are many benefits to owning a beach house in Surfside Beach, Texas. With great benefits, though; also come certain inconveniences. It's normal to have multiple windstorms in coastal areas every year. Because not all roofs are created (nor installed) equally, the windstorms damage many roofs in Surfside Beach, regardless of how new they are.

We'll deep dive into the process of passing your windstorm roof inspection (required by the Texas Department of Insurance) are different than the requirements for a non-coastal property.

Windstorm Damage on Beach Houses of Surfside Beach, Texas

Step 1: Coordinate Windstorm Inspection Date Range

Coordinate the install date range with the Windstorm Inspector. By date ranges, we mean one week time frames, because you want two consecutive days of sunshine. We suggest you choose any two consecutive days that have a likelihood of rain with less than 20% chance of rain. Some roofing companies will risk your home getting rain by keeping the install scheduled even if the percentage chance of rain as high as 40%, but we're strict and will only roof when the chance of rain is less than 20%.

The Texas Department of Insurance has field offices where some questions can be answered (800-248-6032). We're confident your questions will be answered with this article.

Cost of Windstorm Inspection:

When you schedule a windstorm inspection directly with the Texas Department of Insurance, it will not cost you anything. Their email is: windstorm@tdi.texas.gov

Normally, you're getting a new roof because it was damaged by a storm and your sense of urgency is quite high. The Texas Department of Insurance seems to always be backlogged and they might not be available for your beach house's inspection until many months later.

There is a second option to getting your windstorm inspection immediately, and I believe it is the best option for your beach house's new roof when you care about the quality of roof that is being installed. The TDI Approved Engineers we hire to perform the Windstorm Inspections in Surfside Beach are very detailed oriented and have very strict standards of quality assurance. We love that because it follows with our promise to deliver only the highest quality roofs to our clients.

The Windstorm Engineer needs to approve the materials list the roofing contractor has selected before it is ordered. The reason is to authorize / not authorize the specific asphalt shingles and hip & ridge shingles selected for your roof project. The Windstorm Engineer is looking for proof that the shingles have passed ASTM D3161 and have been designated Class F for wind resistance before your property can be certified as compliant.

"ASTM D 3161, Class F – Asphalt shingles tested and labeled on the wrapper as conforming to ASTM D 3161, Class F are acceptable for installation where the basic wind speed is less than or equal to 130 mph (allowable stress design)."

All of the materials and installation techniques must exceed:

  • The 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)

Your roofing contractor can only order shingles for your roof that comply with this Texas Department of Insurance document:

Acceptable Standards for Asphalt Shingles Used for Roofs In Surfside Beach, Texas

The Windstorm Engineer will have a meeting with the roofing contractor and the roofing crew to go over the roofing quality standards expected. The Windstorm Engineer will also supervise several aspects of the roofing techniques being used by the roof installers. It is important that the roofing personnel prove competency to the windstorm inspector. If the roofing crew get ahead of themselves and don't install the roof components the way the code requires, the materials you paid for will be wasted. Please avoid this dilemma.

Unfortunately, some roofing crews performing the work have big egos and some have difficulty receiving criticism on updates to proper standards. The roofing contractor you hire has to have an open minded and cooperative crew, or else your roof project is guaranteed to go very wrong.

Windstorm Damage to a Property Used as an AirBNB in Surfside Beach, Texas

The Windstorm Inspector will provide certification only after the roof has passed the Engineer's strict requirements.

Using a TDI approved, independent, engineer will cost between $300 to $550. Roofs ONE exclusively hires Bentley Windstorm Engineers (phone: 281-581-2380). Ellen at Bentley Windstorm Engineers is super helpful and coordinates inspections better than anyone in the business. Everyone at that Engineering firm is top notch and you should use them for all Windstorm Inspections. There are other companies you may call, but none will provide more value than them.

Click Here for the Full List Appointed Qualified Inspectors (https://appscenter.tdi.texas.gov/windstorm/p/publicAQIList).

To Find Your Certificate or to Look at The WPI-8 History on A Property, Click Here (https://appscenter.tdi.texas.gov/windstorm/p/searchForAppl).

Graphic Showing File is Downloadable
Download WPI 1
(Application)

Step 2: Village of Surfside Beach Permit

The Village of Surfside Beach has a permit that is mandatory to get. It costs $177 (as of 2022) and it is very simple to apply. This is the link to download the permit application (http://www.surfsidetx.org/upload/page/0025/Building%20Permit%20Application%20-%20Roofing.pdf).

Submit the permit application. Decide if you are having the free inspection from the TDI. If you are getting the free inspection from TDI, then submit the WPI-1 along with your permit application. The WPI-1 is the request for the windstorm inspection.

If you are paying for a windstorm inspection because TDI is behind and it will take a while, then an email from the engineer or AQI saying you've hired them to do the inspection will be enough to issue the permit.

Please don't forget to follow this step, or else it will result in a fine that will equal the amount of the permit ($177)

Roofing Permit for Village of Surfside Beach

When you have any questions about the roofing permit for the Villages of Surfside Beach, please call: 979-233-1531 extension 102 (when emailing, use: cityhall@surfsidetx.org). Call and speak to Josh Hart. He is the person in charge of roofing and is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also one of the nicest people.

The contractor will completely fill out the first page of the Roofing Permit Form. The BCAD Geographic ID might sound like a fancy term, but it's easy to find. Go to the Brazoria County Appraisal District Website (https://propaccess.trueautomation.com/ClientDB/PropertySearch.aspx?cid=51) and type in your property address.

Search the Brazoria County Appraisal District website.

The results page, if you typed the address correctly will look like this:

Results Page for Property Geographic ID

On the top left hand corner, underneath the Property ID, is the Geographic ID. It helps the Village of Surfside Beach if your roofing contractor has this number. Mr. Josh Hart will be kind enough to research it in the event your contractor doesn't fill it out, but it's the contractor's job to fill it out the best he/she can. So please, help out Mr. Josh Hart by filling out the first page of this form completely.

Email Josh the form along with the Windstorm Inspector Engineer's contact information. As the subject line to the email, type: Roof Application. Josh Hart will later email you a link to the payment portal. The Villages of Surfside Beach charges $177 for the permit fee.

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Surfside Beach
Permit Application

Bonus Information:

It is customary for roofing crews to use a nail gun. In fact, there are very few roofing crews that are hand nailing experts. Please, do not use nail guns for your beach house in Surfside Beach. According to a study conducted by engineers, 90% of roofs fastened using a nail gun (as opposed to hand-nailing) failed during windstorms. The reason this occurs is due to the inability of the operator to use an optimal pressure setting. It either results in too much pressure causing the nail to blow threw the shingle or not enough pressure to secure the shingle onto the decking. Bottom line is: Hand Nail Your Roof.

The roof must be striped down to the decking. No roof components are allowed to be reused. Contractors with unethical business practices reuse parts of the roof they believe are still usable. This is not allowed by building code in any City or State. The shocking aspect of this rule is that insurance companies break this rule when they underpay the homeowner on roof insurance claims. When the insurance adjuster only approves a certain number of shingles and doesn't approve the entire face of the roof, they are essentially underpaying your claim. It is impossible to properly repair a roof while adhering to building code when the insurance company has the unreasonable expectation that other shingles will not be damaged while repairing the few they approved. The truth is the opposite happens. When repairing a few shingles, it starts a domino effect across the entire section of the roof because other shingles are guaranteed to get damaged while attempting to repair others.

Existing skylights on roofs. If you have a skylight and it isn't leaking and the skylight is perfectly fine, then DO NOT REMOVE ANY FASTENERS. The engineer inspecting the roof will make the decision while he is on the roof on the condition of the skylight. The homeowner nor the roofing contractor have any control on the decision of the engineer. If the inspector says the skylight is fine, then you can continue roofing. If the inspector says it isn't ok, then the homeowner can decide to install a new one (must be an approved skylight) or the homeowner may decide to cover the area where the skylight was with proper sheathing and proper roofing components and shingles.

Drip edge: drip edge must extend a minimum of 4 inches into the roof. Code says you only have to go down 1/2 inch on the fascia, but we recommend at least 2 inches. These are all details that the roofing contractor has to know from the very beginning because it will affect the price of his roofing bid.

Please choose a roofing contractor carefully. Consider all of these tips and interview roofers by asking them questions and demand detailed answers that involve how to solve those problems.

In the end, we want you to be happy and for you to have the best roof ever. Hopefully you choose Roofs ONE for your roofing project, but if you don't then have your contractor follow these steps in our complete guide to passing your windstorm inspection.

Read this article to learn the FAQs of Windstorm Roof Inspections (click here)

Thank you for reading and we hope you have a blessed day!

Texas Coastal building codes to change September 1, 2021

Starting September 1, 2021 Windstorm Certificate of Compliance applications (WPI-1) must be certified using one of the following:

  • The 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)

(information below is from the Texas Department of Insurance website):

Asphalt Shingle Products that Conform to the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC)

Asphalt shingle roof coverings must be tested in accordance with ASTM D 7158 and must meet the required classification.

In areas where the basic wind speed is 110 mph or 120 mph (allowable stress design), the required classification is Class

G or Class H. In areas where the basic wind speed is 130 mph (allowable stress design), the required classification is Class

H. The asphalt shingle packaging must bear a label to indicate compliance with ASTM D 7158 and the required

classification, Class G or Class H. Refer to Table 1 for specific requirements.

As an alternative, asphalt shingle roof coverings installed in areas where the basic wind speed is less than or equal to 130

mph (allowable stress design) must be tested in accordance with ASTM D 3161, to the classification, Class F. The asphalt

shingle packaging must bear a label to indicate compliance with ASTM D 3161 and the required classification, Class F.

Asphalt shingle manufacturers have tested their asphalt shingle roof covering products to these standards and the asphalt

shingle wrappers must bear a label indicating compliance with ASTM D 3161, Class F or ASTM d 7158 Class G or Class H.

Asphalt shingles must be installed as specified on the asphalt shingle wrapper in accordance with the normal installation

instructions specified on the wrapper.

Wind Resistance of Asphalt Shingles Summary:

ASTM D 3161, Class F – Asphalt shingles tested and labeled on the wrapper as conforming to ASTM D 3161, Class F are

acceptable for installation where the basic wind speed is less than or equal to 130 mph (allowable stress design).

ASTM D 7158 – Asphalt shingles tested and labeled on the wrapper as conforming to ASTM D 7158, Class G are acceptable

for installation where the basic wind speed is less than or equal to 120 mph. Asphalt shingles tested and labeled on the

wrapper as conforming to ASTM D 7158, Class H are acceptable for installation where the basic wind speed is less than or

equal to 130 mph.

Note: Asphalt shingles must conform to the appropriate classification for either ASTM D 3161 or ASTM D 7158.

Conformance with more than one standard is not required. Asphalt shingles must be installed in accordance with the

normal installation instructions specified on the shingle wrapper.

FULL LIST OF ROOF VENTS APPROVED BY THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE (TDI) - 2022

  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME Exhaust Ventilator Model PRN RV-97 (PDF) | 686739
  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME Large Size PV Hurricane Fans RV-98 (PDF) | 686790
  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME PDU-PNU Hurricane Fans RV-99 (PDF) | 686759
  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME PV Hurricane Fans RV-100 (PDF) | 686760
  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME QBR, 3000, 8100 Rooftop Fans RV-101 (PDF) | 646020
  • ACME Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. ACME EV & IV Hurricane Vents RV-102 (PDF) | 686789
  • Air Vent, Inc.
  • The Edge Vent Installed Over an OSB Wood Structural Panel Roof Deck RV-46 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc.
  • Hip Ridge™ Vent Shingle Over Hip Vents Installed Over a Plywood Structural Panel Roof Deck RV-60 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc. Solar Attic Fans RV-65 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc.  Revised Static and Motorized Roof Vents RV-78 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc. The TurbineAire Series (WTI-12, WTI-14, WTE-12, WTE-14, TI-12, TI-14, TE-12, TE-14, ATI-12, ATI-14, ATE-12, and ATE-14) and the AirHawk Series (TIBG-12, TIBG-14, TOBG-12, TOBG-14, TIB-12, TIB-14, TOB-12, TOB-14) RV-79 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc. Formed Ridge Vents (Shinglevent II, Multi-Pitch Filtervent, ABC Supply Venturi Ridge Vent, Continuous Ridge Vent (CRV), and VenturtiVent Plus) and Rolled Ridge Vents (Peak Performer I and II, VenturiVent Roll, and Attic Aire Roll) RV-81 (PDF)
  • Air Vent, Inc. ShadowHawk LPG72 Static Roof Vent RV-114 (PDF)
  • Attic Breeze, LLC Solar Powered Attic Fans RV-59 (PDF)
  • Attic Breeze, LLC Cardinal Ventilation SFA Series Fans; Cardinal Ventilation ULP Model Series Fans with Adjustable Solar Panel; Cardinal Ventilation ULP Model Series Fans with Embedded Solar Panel RV-111 (PDF)
  • Attic Ventilation, Inc. The Aura Vent Series, The Pop Vent Series, The Keepa Vent Series, The Round Back Vent Series, The Universal Vent Series RV-113 (PDF)
  • Benjamin Obdyke, Inc. Roll Vent® and Rapid Ridge® Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-01 (PDF)
  • Benjamin Obdyke, Inc. Xtractor Vent® XLP and Xtractor Vent® X18 Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-28 (PDF)
  • Benjamin Obdyke, Inc. Shark Vent® XLP and Shark Vent® Xtra Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-96 (PDF)
  • Canplas Industries, LTD WeatherPro Turbo Off Ridge Roof Vent RV-86 (PDF)
  • Canplas Industries, LTD Weather Pro Turbo off Ridge Roof Vent 6001 Series RV-91 (PDF)
  • CertainTeed Corporation Ridge and Static Vents RV-106 (PDF)
  • Eco-Star LLC Roll Vent® and Rapid Ridge® Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-1 (PDF)
  • FLAMCO (Florida Metal Products, Inc.) Hurricane Country Shingle Over Vent and Hurricane Country II Shingle Over Vent RV-75 (PDF)
  • GAF Cobra® Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge RV-19 (PDF)
  • GAF Cobra® Rigid Vent 3™ Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge, Cobra® Snow Country Advanced™ Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge, Cobra® Snow Country™ Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge, Cobra® RidgeRunner® Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge and TruSlate® Ridge Vent RV-29 (PDF)
  • GAF Static, Power, and Turbine Roof Ventilators RV-37 (PDF)
  • GAF Master Flow® Static, Power, and Turbine Roof Ventilators RV-38 (PDF)
  • GAF Master Flow® Attic Exhaust Vent IR61-Slant-Back Plastic Roof Louver, Master Flow® Attic Exhaust Vent IR65-Slant-Back Plastic Roof Louver, Master Flow® Attic Exhaust Vent RT65-Square-Top Plastic Roof Louver RV-61 (PDF)
  • GAF Master Flow® Green Machine™ High Power Solar Roof Vent-Solar Powered (PRSOLAR2), and Master Flow® Green Machine™ High Power Solar Roof Vent - Dual Powered (PRHYBRID2) RV-62 (PDF)
  • GAF Cobra® Hip Vent RV-93 (PDF)
  • GAF Cobra® IntakePro™ Rooftop Intake Vent RV-105 (PDF)
  • Greenheck Fan Corporation Model Vektor H and Vektor HS Exhaust Fans RV-88 (PDF) | Drawing
  • Greenheck Fan Corporation Greenheck Models USF-300, FJC-300, and Accurex XUEF-300 Exhaust Fans RV-112 (PDF)
  • Keene Building Products VIPER RIDGE VENT™ Shingle over Ridge Vents RV-122 (PDF)
  • Liberty Plastics, Inc. Quarrix™ StormStop™ Ridge Vents RV-21 (PDF)
  • Liberty Plastics, Inc. Aviator™ Ridge Vent RV-103 (PDF)
  • LL Building Products, Inc. Static, Power, and Turbine Roof Ventilators RV-37 (PDF)
  • LL Building Products, Inc. PRSOLAR1, PRHYBRID1, PRSOLAR2, AND PRHYBRID2 Roof Vents RV-62 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Omniridge OR4, OR4-S, OR4-N, and OR4-SWN Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-03 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Lomanco 730, 750, 750-S, 750-G, 750-GS, 770, and 770D Roof Louvers RV-11 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Lomanco BIB-12, BEB-12, BIB-12TR, BEB-12TR, BIB-14 and BEB-14 Whirlybird Wind Turbines RV-12 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. LPR Lo-Profile Ridge Vent and the VAL-U-RIDGE Vent RV-13 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Model 135 Static Roof Vent and Model 2000 Powered Static Roof Vent RV-22 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Lomanco LO-OmniRoll (LOR-30) Ridge Vents RV-34 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Omni Series OSV-40 Solar Vent and Panel RV-68 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. Deck-Air DA-4 Intake and Exhaust Vents RV-85 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. PRO-4N OmniRidge Pro Shingle Over Ridge Vent RV-92 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc. 550, 550PRO, 550PROG Static Roof Vents RV-109 (PDF)
  • Lomanco, Inc P60 PRO Static Roof Vents RV-110 (PDF)
  • Marco Industries
  • Python™ 65 Slant Back Roof Vent RV-123 (PDF)
  • Marco Industries
  • Python™ 150 Roof Vent RV-124 (PDF)
  • Marco Industries
  • Python™ 2-IN-1 FlexFit™ Ridge Vent RV-125 (PDF)
  • Metallic Products Ridgeline Steel Ridge Ventilators RV-95 (PDF)
  • Metallic Products Ridge Ventilators RV-108 (PDF)
  • Mueller, Inc. Commercial Ridge Vent RV-89 (PDF)
  • Mueller, Inc. Low Profile Ridge Vent RV-90 (PDF)
  • Natural Light Energy Systems LLC
  • Model 12 Watt, 24 Watt, and 36 Watt Roof Mounted Solar Powered Attic Fans RV-64 (PDF) | Drawing
  • O'Hagins, Inc.   O’Hagin’s Standard, WeatherMaster and Fire and Ice Tapered Low-Profile Composition Vent RV-35 (PDF)
  • Owens Corning VentSure® 4 Foot Strip Heat & Moisture Ridge Vent, VentSure® RidgeCat™ Rolled Ridge Vent, and VentSure® Sky Runner™ LTE™ Rolled Ridge Vent RV-47 (PDF)
  • Owens Corning Ventsure® In Flow™ Roof Vent RV-82 (PDF)
  • Remington SOLAR, Inc. Series/Model 300/450 Solar Attic Fan RV-107 (PDF)
  • Ross Manufacturing, LLC Ross Series 150 Roof Vent RV-41 (PDF)
  • Ross Manufacturing, LLC Ross Series 65 Slant Back Roof Vent RV-58 (PDF)
  • Ross Manufacturing, LLC Ross 2-IN-1 Ridge Vent RV-67 (PDF)
  • Ross Manufacturing, LLC Ross Series 150CM Roof Vent RV-83 (PDF)
  • S&P USA Ventilation Systems, LLC
  • S-Series Aluminum Rooftop Exhaust Vents RV-126 (PDF)
  • Solaro Energy, Inc. Solaro Aire Solar Attic Roof Vent RV-94 (PDF) | NL-0056
  • SOLATUBE Solar Star High Profile RM-1500 Roof Vent and Solar Star High Profile RM-2400 Roof Vents RV-87 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution Deck-Air TSDA-4 Intake and Exhaust Vents RV-115 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution TSPRO-4N OmniRidge Pro Shingle Over Ridge Vent RV-116 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution TopShield LO-OmniRoll TSLOR-30 Ridge Vent RV-117 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution
  • TopShield TSBIB-12, TSBEB-12, TSBIB-14, and TSBEB-14 Whirlybird Wind Turbines RV-118 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution TS550PRO, TS550PRO-G Static Roof Vents RV-119 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution TSP60 PRO Static Roof Vents RV-120 (PDF)
  • SRS Distribution TopShield TS750, TS750-S, TS750-G, TS750-GS, and TS770-D Roof Louvers RV-121 (PDF)
  • TAMKO Roll Vent® Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-1 (PDF)
  • TAMKO Xtractor Vent® XLP and Xtractor Vent® X18 Shingle Over Ridge Vents RV-28 (PDF)

FULL LIST OF SKYLIGHTS APPROVED BY THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE (TDI) - 2022

Rectangular Skylights - Impact Resistant

Manufacturer/Distributor Product(s) Report Number

  • Maxim Industries, Inc. Revised Model DSF (Self Flashing) and Model DCM (Curb Mount) Aluminum Skylights SK-13 (PDF)
  • Maxim Industries, Inc. Model DGCM 2017 (Curb Mount) Aluminum Skylights SK-18 (PDF)
  • Maxim Industries, Inc. Model BCM (Curb Mount) Aluminum Skylights SK-56 (PDF)
  • Solar Innovations, Inc. Series SI 5600 Aluminum Frame Pyramid Skylight SK-50 (PDF) | 08-02658
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series CMA Fixed Aluminum Polycarbonate Dome, Curb Mounted, Skylight SK-40 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series HSF Fixed Aluminum Polycarbonate Dome Skylight SK-41 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc.
  • IFGC 4949 Fixed Glass Classic Wood Flush Mount Skylight SK-52 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series ICMG II 4949 Curb Mounted Aluminum Frame Glazed Skylights SK-53 (PDF)
  • VELUX America LLC. VELUX® Glass Skylights, Models QPF, FCM, FS, VS, and VC SK-14 (PDF)
  • VELUX America LLC. VELUX® Commercial Skylights, Dynamic Domes SK-54 (PDF)

Rectangular Skylights - Non-Impact Resistant

Manufacturer/Distributor Product(s) Report Number

  • American Skylites Series CM-2 Aluminum Standard Curb Mount Plastic Dome Skylights SK-30 (PDF)
  • American Skylites Series TCM-2 Thermally Broken Aluminum Curb Mount Plastic Dome Skylights SK-31 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. Model HSE Aluminum Curb Mount Skylights SK-58 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series SFA Fixed Aluminum Polycarbonate Dome Skylight Skylights, Non-Impact SK-37 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series CMGII Curb Mounted Aluminum Frame Glazed Skylights SK-38 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. Series TP Fixed Aluminum Frame Dome Skylight SK-49 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Manufacturing, Inc Series FGC 4949 Flange Mounted, Fixed Aluminum Skylight SK-51 (PDF)
  • VELUX America LLC. VELUX® Glass Skylights, Models QPF, FCM, FS, VS/VSE/VSS, and VCM/VCE/VCS SK-03 (PDF)
  • VELUX America LLC.
  • VELUX® Commercial Skylights, Dynamic Domes SK-55 (PDF)

Tubular Skylights - Impact Resistant

Manufacturer/Distributor Product(s) Report Number

  • Natural Light Energy Systems, LLC Aluminum Tubular Daylighting Device, Models 10", 13", 18", and 21" SK-48 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. Model 160 DS and Model 290 DS Daylighting System SK-19 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. Model 750 DS Daylighting System SK-20 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. Model M74 DS Curb Mount Tubular Daylight Device SK-44 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. 290 DS Low Profile Tubular Daylighting System SK-57 (PDF)
  • VELUX-America, LLC. VELUX® Sun Tunnel™ Residential Skylights, Tubular Daylighting Devices SK-15 (PDF)
  • VELUX-America, LLC. VELUX® Sun Tunnel Commercial™ Skylights, Tubular Daylight Devices SK-46 (PDF)

Tubular Skylights - Non-Impact Resistant

Manufacturer/Distributor Product(s) Report Number

  • Solatube International, Inc. Model 160 DS and Model 290 DS Daylighting System SK-21 (PDF)
  • Solatube International, Inc. Model 330 DS and Model 750 DS Daylighting System SK-22 (PDF)
  • Sun-Tek Skylights Series STT 21” Self-Flashed, Sun-Tek Tube Skylights SK-17 (PDF)
  • VELUX-America, LLC. VELUX® Sun Tunnel™ Residential Skylights, Tubular Daylighting Devices SK-12 (PDF)
  • VELUX-America, LLC. VELUX® SUN TUNNEL™ Skylights, Model TSR, Tubular Daylighting Devices SK-24 (PDF)
  • VELUX-America, LLC.   VELUX® SUN TUNNEL™ Commercial Skylights, Tubular Daylighting Devices SK-45 (PDF)

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I have black stains on my roof. How can I get rid of them? My neighbors have them, too; now that I think about it

Hi Aristi, thank you for your question. Use oxygen bleach to clean your roof and please read the article we wrote because it explain with great detail how to do it correctly. We even gave tips on ladder placement. Better yet, let us do it. Contact us for exact pricing. (https://www.roofs.one/the-roof-report/how-to-remove-algae-stains-from-your-roof) Our roof cleaning service starts at $200 and goes up from there. Thank you

It's my understanding buying a class 4 shingle will lower my insurance premium, but will it lower my coverage?

Hi Bailey, thank you for the excellent question! The safe answer is "please check your coverage detailed in your policy". For the more thorough and deeper way to answer your question, I asked many colleagues and only one had a unique answer. Robert from Oklahoma City said one of his clients that bought class 4 shingles did receive a lower premium, but he lost the hail coverage. I was shocked to learn about this real world example about how this specific insurance company handled this upgrade. It could strictly be a case of correlation and not causation, but it's still interesting. Thank you for taking the time to ask your question.

One of your employees left a postcard on my door and I figured you could answer my question - What questions should i ask roofing companies before i hire them?

Hi Chad! thank you for your question. Several very important questions you need answered before hiring a roofing company are: - what is the square footage of my roof? - what waste % are you calculating for the complexity of my roof? - what brand/type of shingles are you offering me? - how much are you paying for the shingles from your supplier? - show me your certificate of insurance - show me your certificate of worker's comp insurance - show me where you have added me as an additional insured on your insurance policy - do you have a 3 day cancellation fee? if so, waive it. - how much will deck repairs be per sheet of plywood when decking is exposed and visible? - show me the list of materials necessary to install to keep the asphalt shingle warranty valid - what are the additional steps you are taking to protect my home from debris and nails being left behind? - provide me a full list of materials that are being installed on my roof. - what is warranty for labor? for how long? This list of questions is a great place to start. Most roofing companies don't want you to ask them because they are underinsured, overcharge for materials, cut corners by reusing your old roof parts, etc... I hope this helps!

A company is telling me I can get my roof for free from the insurance and they would cover the deductible if I hire them. Is this true? (I'm in Texas)

Please don't do that. The insurance deductible is a contractual agreement you have with your insurance company. In Texas, Texas Law House Bill 2102: It is illegal for contractors or roofers to offer to waive a deductible or promise a rebate for all or part of a deductible. Under the new law effective September 1, 2019; violators could get up to a $2,000 fine and up to six months in jail. If a contractor offers to waive a deductible, report it to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-621-0508. Do not commit insurance fraud by accepting unethical and illegal practices. Thank you for your question

This article will certainly help me make an informed decision.

Hi KD, glad we could help. We'll have a new feature on the website where you'll be able to get a Date of Loss for your insurance roof claim. Coming soon, FREE!

How long should it take for a company to give an estimate?

Hi Holly, responsiveness is a great way of showing a customer we care. We can do an informal estimate within a few hours and a formal estimate within 24 hours.

The last roofer gave me a two line estimate so I asked for more information. Haven't heard anything yet.

Hi Melinda, a detailed estimates should have detailed line items of the type of products including brand, quantity, color (if possible), with price. If you would like contact us and we can help you with a detailed quote. Thank you.

Great information. What city are you referring when you give the $350 to $450 average?

Hi Sally8100, thank you for your comment. This article is referring to Texas and Oklahoma City.

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How will I know how many layers of flat roof my house has before I commit to re-doing the roof? I don't want the roofers to discover a second or third layer and then the job exceeds budget

Hi Kasey, thank you for your excellent question. Pay the roofing company to perform the test on a small area of your flat roof before you start the project. Have the contingency in place that the price paid for the test includes the repair in the event you don't proceed with your new flat roof.

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