by: Kirsten Land on January 20th, 2015 about Residential Roofing
Oklahoma is known for its wild weather. We get it all; wind, rain, sun, snow, and ice. We rarely stop to think about the buildings that protect us from the elements. It’s something we all take for granted. Consider for a minute that your home might be your biggest investment and your roof is the best protector your home can have. Wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to keep your roof in great shape?
It doesn’t take long for a small roof issue to become a major nightmare. Lots of things can happen to your roof if no one is paying attention. A small issue can become an emergency when suddenly you’ve got a leak that damages your priceless belongings. Or if that small leak goes undetected for a period of time, then turns into mold and causes your family to become ill. Roof maintenance is inexpensive and if you can catch an issue early on, it can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Trees are wonderful for shade in the hot summer months, but you might not notice that tree branch rubbing against your house. If left unattended, it could rub shingles off your home and expose your roof to the elements, like snow, ice and rain that become standing water and cause mold.
High winds can blow shingles up, caulking can crack and allow rain to get in, flashing around the fireplace can come apart, and animals can burrow their way into your home. Uninvited guests will help themselves to valuable items stored in your attic and munch on electrical wires. Once your visitor has made their nest and had babies, they’re going to be much hard to get rid of than if you had taken measures to properly seal off your home.
While roof maintenance might be something you think you can handle yourself, realize that we all procrastinate and delay these kinds of things until it’s too late. We get behind on other more “visible” chores and before you know it, it’s been several years since you last saw your roof. It’s also safer to have a professional inspect your roof. A roofer will know what they’re looking for and will know how to safely navigate your roof.
A lot of people think that because they have a brand new roof, they don’t need a maintenance plan. But, when you buy a new car you still need to change the oil. If you neglect oil changes, you’ll be stuck on the side of the road with a smoking car. If you want to keep that roof looking new and prevent leaks, you have to maintain it.
Our maintenance plans are custom for each home. Our team will come out to your home and inspect the condition of your roof then recommend a maintenance plan from one to four visits a year. Most of our clients have their roofs checked twice a year, depending on home and property needs.
If you’d like a roof maintenance plan estimate, give us a call today at 405-359-3951.
This winter is expected to be slightly more severe than last winter. We’re expecting a lot of snow fall in the coming months. But do you know what that kind of activity can do to your home? High winds and mounds of snow can leave you roof beaten and battered when spring arrives.
Oklahoma is not known to be a winter weather state, but we still get severe winter weather from time to time. When snow falls and begins to melt, water will get under your shingles and freeze overnight, separating your shingles from the roof. When the ice thaws, leaks begin to appear.
Keep leaks at bay by replacing missing shingles and securing flashing around chimneys, vents and skylights. Trim overhead branches that can break under the weight of ice and snow, damaging your roof.
If you’re considering a new roof in 2015, we recommend installing Ice and Water Shield under the shingles. This product creates a barrier between your shingles and the decking to prevent ice and water from getting into your home. We install Ice and Water Shield in all our homes because it ensures a quality installation. Our customers don’t want to find any surprise leaks in the dead of winter and we don’t want to come out in the cold and fix leaks!
The best thing you can do to prevent ice damming in winter, is to keep snow off your roof. I don’t recommend climbing up on your roof, but if you can safely stand on the ground and use a brush or other devise to scrape off the snow from your roof, you’ll be in better shape.
If you have any questions about roof care in the winter or if you’re considering installing a new roof with Ice and Water Shield, give us a call at 359-3951.