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When severe weather strikes, is your roof built to survive the storm?

That is the question at the center of a recent article by Dr. Jim Hoff, Research Director for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing in Washington, D.C. His research covers the long history of weather effect on roofing standards over the past hundred years of development.

With each chronicled disaster in recent U.S. history, the industry standards for roofing solutions has evolved and changed with each new finding. From Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to the tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011, each extreme weather catastrophe has caused an opportunity to further develop roofing technology for future construction.

An encouraging example in the face of grim reality is the survival of many quality roofing structures through Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The increase in energy efficient, or cool roofing solutions, allowed many refugees and storm survivors to be protected from temperature effects because of the cool roofing design. Even weather in St. Louis creates its own set of dangers with tornadoes, hail, and high winds attacking roofs across our Gateway city.

The results of increased roofing standards is an industry prepared for the worst of weather conditions. In the words of Dr. Hoff, “Even though many advances in roofing technology have been the result of disasters, we should be very proud of the roofs we install and maintain today. Out of the tragedy of fires and storms, we have developed smarter, stronger and more resilient roofs.”

AT R&A Contracting we make it our mission to provide a safe and efficient roofing solution for all our customers. We value the advance of roofing technology and work to keep an exceptional standard of design and craftmanship to protect against even the harshest weather elements.

If you’re not sure your roof is up for the next big storm, call R&A Contracting to ask for a complimentary roof inspection! Don’t wait, call today!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO