by: Kirsten Land on April 18th, 2017 about Residential Roofing
April showers bring May flowers. They also bring something else: the chance for you to check your gutters and your roof for leaks.
Checking your gutters
Our house doesn’t have much guttering, and what it does have is leaky. Your gutters may have leaks, too. But how would you know? When it’s raining, the natural impulse is to head indoors and wait for the sun to come back out.
This month when it rains, grab your umbrella and head out to inspect your gutters. (Unless there happens to be lightning, of course!)
Why does this matter? In our house, the poor guttering leads to cascades of water that tear up the landscaping and ground around our house. It turns into a muddy mess. What’s more, it can also be a threat to the foundation.
So be sure to check your gutters this month. You’ll want to know where any potential foundation threats are, and you may find issues significant enough that you’ll want to have your gutters repaired.
Checking your roof
I was at my mother’s house in Houston a few months ago. I happened to go into her attic during a rainstorm. While I was getting what my mom wanted, I kept hearing this drip-drip-drip sound.
I tracked it down. It was a leak coming from the roof and dripping onto a plastic storage bin. This was fortunate for three reasons.
First, I wouldn’t have discovered it without the tell-tale sound.
Second, if the box hadn’t been there, it would have been dripping right into the insulation or onto a cardboard box that held precious keepsakes. The insulation, ceiling material, and keepsakes could all have been ruined.
Finally, an undiscovered leak creates the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Needless to say, my mom and I both were happy that I happened to be in the attic while it was raining.
During one of the rainstorms this month, head up into your attic and bring a flashlight if you need to. See if you can spot any leaks that you can proactively address this spring.
Take a rain check
A rainy day is great time to try to spot leaks in your gutters and attic.
As always, if you see something that worries you or that you have a question about, give us call. We’ll come out for free to take a look.
by: Kirsten Land on April 4th, 2017 about General
You’ve probably noticed how one act of kindness often leads to a chain reaction of kind acts.
It may not seem like that has much to do with a roofing business, but it does for us! Here’s one way we’ve seen that chain reaction in our business.
We work with a lot of real estate agents. This leads to us helping people who are buying or selling a home. That’s a stressful time for everyone involved! So, when someone’s hit with a curveball like a damaged roof, you can imagine how that adds to their stress levels.
That was the case for a family that was selling their home and were set to close in a few weeks. The roof had just received some hail damage. We came out to inspect it as a favor to the real estate agent, and sure enough, the roof was totaled.
Despite the all-around stress of that situation, we all found ways to work together to help each other. First, we came out and met with the seller’s insurance adjuster, who agreed with our assessment that the roof was totaled. Insurance would pay to replace the roof and gutters and would expedite the process.
The seller chose us to replace the roof and gutters since we had been willing to work with them and their insurance. The roof had to be done before they could go through the closing. We promised to get the work done before the closing date.
Meanwhile, the buyers asked if they could choose the roof color and pay for an upgrade to an impact-resistant shingle. It may have seemed like an extra hassle for them to worry about, but the sellers didn’t hesitate. They graciously agreed to the request.
Afterward, the buyer of the house was so pleased with our work and our customer service, they purchased our two-year roof maintenance service.
The seller was also pleased, as were both of the real estate agents. We got the job done, and the house closed on time.
You never know what an act of kindness might lead to. Ours started small: doing a favor for a real estate agent who needed quick help before a closing. It ended with a win for all of us, and every party reaching out to lend a hand to the others.
You see, our business isn’t really about roofs.
It’s about people. And giving them what they need in a way that makes everyone feel like they are more than customers. At its core, our business is about kindness. And kindness is contagious.
If you’re worried about your roof, call us, and let us be a friendly face when you’re stressed about your house. Because you will always be more than a customer to us.