Some of you may know that October was fire prevention month. Our project manager, Todd Davis, is a volunteer fireman and sees homes catch fire quickly, often due to homeowner negligence. A fire can start in an instant.
We believe it’s important to be aware of preventative measures you can take to ensure your home is less prone to fire damage.
- Clean your roof and gutters. All it takes is a spark in your gutters and your roof is up in flames.
- Keep grass short and watered.
- Stack firewood away from the home.
- Reduce density of the surrounding forest. Especially eliminate highly flammable shrubs and trees, like cedars. Make sure all shrubs and trees are at least 10 feet away from the home.
- Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet off the ground.
- Keep the bedding areas around your house clean. Remove dry and dead plant material from your home.
- Focus on creating a fireproof zone for 100 feet around the house, filled with low vegetation like grass.
In October 2014, a grass fire raged on near Portland Rd between 178th and 192nd. Luckily no structures were affected, but they very easily could have. All it takes is a spark.
If there’s a fire in your neighborhood, turn on your sprinklers and spray down your roof. It may not make much of a difference if the fire is completely out of control, but it’s worthwhile to try and protect your home.
At Land Enterprises Roofing we inspect many roofs every year that have premature wear and tear due to tree branches and debris accumulating in the valleys of the roof and gutters. This is why we created a roof maintenance program for residential homes.
We know many homeowners do not have the time or the desire to climb a ladder to perform these kinds of chores. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like a free roof inspection, call our office at 359-3951 today.
Checking the yellow pages under “Roofing” really isn’t the best strategy for choosing a reputable roofer for your home. With the advent of the internet, any responsible home owner should do their research before signing a contract with a roofer. It’s your job to ensure the company you hire is reputable and capable of getting your roof done right the first time.
When shopping for a roofer, start by asking friends and neighbors for reputable references. You can also do some simple internet searches and check online reviews of roofers in your area. Your goal is to identify 3 to 5 roofers to conduct research on.
Step 1 - Do your research
- Check the roofer’s license and standing with the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board.
- Check the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractors you’re considering.
- Verify the roofers’ membership with the Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association.
- Finally, check online reviews for the companies you’re considering.
These four steps should help you narrow down you search to 2-3 companies.
Step 2 - Ask for proof of the following:
- Business License
- Roofing credentials
- Workers compensation insurance
- General liability insurance for at least $1 million
- Written manufacturer warranties
Step 3 - Get an estimate
- Ask if there’s a charge for an estimate (there shouldn’t be)
- Unscrupulous repair companies may use a teaspoon, small rocks or hammers to fabricate damage. Don’t allow someone on your roof without keeping a close on them at all times.
- Iron out all the details of installation
- What is the exact roofing process from tear off to completion?
- What brands of materials will be used and what does the warranty cover?
- What’s the timeline?
- Do they warranty their work?
- How will bushes and plants be protected?
- How will trash b disposed and nails cleaned up? Where will dumpsters be placed?
- Never work with a roofer who asks you to pay for entire job upfront. A deposit of one-third is standard procedure. Never pay with cash.
Step 4 – Request local references and ask them the following questions:
- Would you use this roofer again?
- Did the roof leak? If so, did the roofer respond promptly, was he courteous and did he charge you for any additional work?
- Did the job come in on budget? If not, by how much did he exceed budget? Were the extra charges justified?
- Did the roofer damage any bushes or flowers, and did he leave nails in the driveway?
After you feel confident you’re made the right decision, request a formal contract and make sure everything you discussed during the estimate is in writing.
If you have any questions about how to choose a reputable roofer, we’re happy to guide you through the process – even if you don’t choose us. Give us a call at 405-395-3951.