In Oklahoma, replacing your roof seems to happen following a hail storm. In the past few years we have had some big hail storms making it easier to know whether or not you need a new roof. Unless you have an impact resistant shingle or another type of system like metal roofing most composition shingles in Oklahoma will last about 10-12 years without a severe storm. What if there isn’t a hail storm, do you know the tell tale signs of needing a new roof?
Most professionals recommend examining your roof once per year. This can be done from the ground so you don’t have to worry about climbing any ladders. Simply use a pair of binoculars or your neighbors yard to get a good look. Once you have found a good vantage point start looking for missing shingles, rust on flashing, cracked or curled shingles, moss growth, peeling paint on the eaves or any discoloration. If there are any tree branches touching your roof they should be trimmed. With the Oklahoma winds the branches will wear down the shingle and can even lift them off of the roof. Lastly, check your gutters, if there is sediment from the shingles that is another good sign that your roof system is starting to fail. After the inspection on the outside, go inside your home and look for any spots on your ceiling or walls. Check for moisture as that may be a sign your roof has a leak.
If you find any of these signs then it is highly recommended that you call a professional roofing company to inspect your roof. A simple repair like replacing a shingle or two will cost around $100.00. If the roof system is failing then it is time to replace the roof. Any competent (and registered with the Oklahoma Constructions and Industries Board) roofer can offer you advice about whether or not a claim needs to be filed with your home owners insurance. Understanding the type of insurance you have will help make a determination about what if any amount of money your insurance company will pay for a new roof. Always have a professional examine your property before filing a claim to save you from an unnecessary claim causing you increased premiums down the road.
If all of this sounds over whelming or you are just too busy, Land Enterprises Roofing has a roof maintenance program for residential homes as well as commercial properties. Our main purpose for creating this program was to help homeowners maintain their roof so it can live out it’s intended life span. For more information regarding Land Enterprises Roof Maintenance program call our office today at (405) 359-3951 or check our website http://landroofingokc.com/roof-maintenance-program
A roof leak can happen to even the best homes and should be handled immediately to reduce your risk of losing precious possessions and paying huge repair bills. Sometimes leaks are easy to find and sometimes they are not. Here is what you need to look for and a simple test to locate the pesky leak.
If you are a do-it-yourself repairman start looking for the leak based on where you see the water coming into your home. It may not be the spot of penetration, but it is a good starting point. Once on the roof look in the most obvious places like the valleys and the flashing around the vent pipes and chimney. Look for missing caulking, split or missing shingles. If there is not an obvious sign of damage, you can use a hose to spray water onto the roof. (Use this technique only on warm days and make sure you have solid footing on the roof). Work with a partner who can watch for the water coming through the spot on the inside of your home to help you identify the troubled spot on the roof. Focus on the areas like the chimney and valleys. Continue moving around to different areas of the roof until you find your leak. If you were not able to find it with this method there may be another reason.
Occasionally there is the leak that seems almost impossible to locate causing mounds of frustration and worry for you. The reason some leaks remain elusive is that they may not be a roof leak at all. Water can come into your home in many ways. It could be a window, siding, a window’s drip edge or even missing caulking. Look around your house for any missing siding or drip edge. Check your gutters and remove any debris.
If you are not a DIY enthusiast or still can’t find it, call a roofing contractor (like us) for a free inspection. Sometimes having an experienced professional on the job is the best route to go!
For more information about this topic and to see a video about the water test check out this link; http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/simple-roof-water-test/41633.html
Every year we hear from customers that they want to hurry up and have their roofing project done before winter or wait until the spring when the weather is warmer. Of course the customer can choose the best time for them to complete projects on their home but they don't have to wait until spring. In Oklahoma we are fortunate to have more mild winters than other states in the Union and therefore we roof many homes during the winter under specific guidelines that we are always careful to follow.
In the colder months we will only start a complete re-roof if it is going to be a sunny day and the temperatures will get up to 50 degrees. Our crew will tear off shingles in the morning and attach the underlayment to the decking. Before heading to lunch they will place the shingles on the roof to allow them time to warm up. Depending upon the color of the shingle chosen, on a 50 degree day the shingles will warm up to a toasty 70 degrees. Once the crews return from lunch the shingles are ready to be secured to the decking. The warmth of the sun will help the shingles to lie down and seal into their permanent position.
Great news! Now you don't have to wait for the season to change, call and schedule your roof inspection or project today!