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Help keep your family safe from holiday crime

by: Kirsten Land on December 20th, 2016 about General

santa-thiefThe holiday season is an exciting time filled with family gatherings, traveling, shopping, gift-giving, and relaxing. It’s still important, however, to be careful during the holidays.

We can get caught up in the magic and let our guard down, making us vulnerable to holiday crimes. Here are a few simple tips to help you be safe during your holiday season.

Shopping

If you need to shop at night-a strong possibility with the earlier sunsets-try to bring a friend or family member, and park in a well-lighted area close to your destination.

Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with darkened windows.

Locate your car keys before heading back to your vehicle. Do not approach your car if there are suspicious people in the vicinity.

Hold onto your packages, bags, and your purse securely-don’t set them down to open the door.

If traveling from store to store, don’t leave your packages on the seats of the car. Stash them out of sight.

ATM safety

Pick an ATM in a safe place. Good locations include a mall (if the ATM isn’t tucked in a secluded corner), a restaurant, or any other well-lighted, highly visible location.

Be careful when entering your PIN. Shield the keypad if others are standing nearby.

Keep your receipt. Don’t discard it until you can shred it at home.

Only withdraw the amount of cash you need.

Be aware of anyone who may have been watching you withdraw money and then follows you. If someone does that, stay in a public place. You can ask mall security or whatever place of business you’re in for an escort to your vehicle.

Home

Lock up your doors and windows, even if you’re only leaving the house for a few minutes.

Stash gifts and valuables so that they can’t be seen from the windows.

Be aware that criminals sometimes knock on the door and pretend to have a delivery for you.

Traveling? Arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail and pick up newspapers and packages. Ask them to keep an eye on your house. Leave lights on in a few rooms and on the porch. If possible, set them on an automatic timer. And don’t broadcast your trip on social media so people know that you’re gone.

Be aware and be safe so you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Have a safe, warm, and enjoyable holiday season with your family!

Parts of this list were adapted from the Holiday Safety Tips posted by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Three winter home care tips

by: Kirsten Land on December 6th, 2016 about General

winter-cottageWith cold weather already here and more on the way, you can still help protect your home from the damaging effects of winter weather. Here are three simple, inexpensive tips you can use to give your home an advantage when it goes head-to-head with Old Man Winter.

Tip 1 – Gutter socks

I know, these sound weird. Let me explain. To protect your gutters from the snow and ice that can pack-and crack-the gutters, take a long tube sock. Fill it with ice melt (not just salt!). Tie the end. Attach the sock to a bracket at the higher end of the gutter.

To attach it, you can poke a hole in the sock, put a carabiner through, and easily clip the carabiner onto the bracket. This will prevent the sock from sliding down the drain and clogging the gutter.

Lay the sock flat into the gutter, and presto! A gutter sock! Create and install several, according to how many gutters you have, so that the ice and snow don’t cause them to crack, leak, and detach.

Tip 2 – Stock up on ice melt

Speaking of ice melt, it’s a good idea to buy it before you’ll need it. You’ll be prepared and probably save money, too. Ice melt never goes bad, so you can find a spot for it in your garage, cellar, or storage and forget about it until you need it. It’s great for gutter socks, but it’s also pretty handy for your driveways, walkways, porches, and outside steps.

If you have to buy it when a storm is coming or is already here, you’ll typically pay higher prices. It’s just supply and demand. But you can be ready ahead of time.

Tip 3 – Beware of turbine covers

Here’s the main thing to remember about turbine covers: don’t use them! They’re sold at home improvement stores right next to the turbines, but you don’t need them, and they might create unhealthy conditions in your home.

It may be tempting to cover the turbines on your roof in the winter. At first glance, it seems logical, right? It’s like an umbrella for the turbines, to keep snow and sleet from accumulating and seeping into the roof. But don’t do it.

Turbine covers can cut off air flow while trapping heat and moisture. That creates the ideal conditions for mold to breed and spread.

Why they sell these covers, I don’t know. If you read the manufacturer’s instructions for the actual turbines, they clearly warn not to cover them. Keep your turbines open and unobstructed so that your roof remains well-ventilated all winter long.

As always, if you’d like to have a professional come check things out on your roof before winter digs any deeper, call us at 405-359-3951. Let’s keep your roof in optimal condition, so it can protect your house, your belongings, and your loved ones.

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Ask these 3 roof questions before you buy that house

by: Kirsten Land on November 15th, 2016 about General

new-homeBuying a house? Do you know the key questions to ask about the roof of your new home? You may be surprised to find out what home buyers often neglect to ask.

Isn’t a home inspection enough?

If you’re considering purchasing a house, you’ve probably already scheduled time for a home inspector to come take a look. Unfortunately, that doesn’t often cover everything you need to know about the roof.

While home inspectors typically do a great job flagging areas of concern in your potential home, you should definitely ask to have a professional roofer come and inspect the roof, too.

This is an easy thing to overlook. Even though Brian is a roofer, when we purchased our house, we assumed the roof was totally fine since the home inspector hadn’t noted anything about it. We were so caught up with all the other stresses and details that go into buying one home and selling another, that it was easy just to not think about one more thing.

As it turned out, we found two issues after we purchased that we wished we had known about prior to purchase. First, the roof didn’t have enough ventilation, which can drive up energy bills.

Second, the gutters leaked. That can create soil erosion whenever it rains.

From experience, I recommend you have a professional roofer come and inspect the house you want to buy. It’s free. And it can save you hassle down the road.

1. Ask to see the seller’s roof report

Ask if the seller has had their roof inspected by professional roofers. If they have, you can ask to see the report. It should be a non-issue for them to share it with you. However, if they refuse or are reluctant, that might be a red flag.

Regardless of whether or not the sellers have had their roof inspected, you can also request to have a company come out and inspect the roof again. Any issues that are identified become items for you to negotiate in the contract.

2. Who installed the current roof?

If the roof is in fine condition, you should ask who installed it, and if there is a warranty on it.

If there is a warranty, it can likely be transferred to you as the new homeowner. This has to be done within 30 days after the signing. Contact that roofing company, and they will put the remainder of the warranty under your name. It’s just a simple sheet that you fill out.

Even if there’s no warranty available, find out who roofed the current roof. If it’s been installed in the past 5-10 years, and there’s a leak, call the company that installed the roof, and they will probably come out and fix it for free.

3. Does this roof have a system warranty?

A system warranty on the roofing materials is a must. For example, if there’s a shingle defect, then the shingle company will pay the roofer to re-do your roof.

If the seller is having the roof replaced before you buy it, ask them if the new roof will have a system warranty. If not, you can ask them to hire a contractor that offers a system warranty.

Not all contractors offer system warranties. It’s an added layer of protection for your roof, and can come in handy because an insurance company will not pay for a roof repair if the manufacturer’s material fails. It’s not an insurable event.

Buying a home is incredibly stressful. Lower your stress levels by knowing what to ask for about the roof. You’ll be glad you did.

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hail-on-a-roofHow important is it to take care of your roof? It comes down to how you feel about your home.

Your roof protects one of your biggest investments-your home. Too often, however, we take the roof for granted. Out of sight, out of mind. Or maybe we intend to perform regular maintenance ourselves, but get busy and let it slide.
Investing in a regular maintenance program by roofing professionals can save you a big chunk of change in the long run.

Catch small issues before they become giant problems

It doesn’t take long for a small issue in your roof to become a major nightmare.

A leak can damage the structure of your house and valuable belongings inside it. A small leak that goes undetected for a period of time can breed mold-detrimental to both your home and health.

Trees provide beauty and shade. But if you don’t notice the one or two branches that are now rubbing against your house, they could rub granules off your roof’s shingles, contributing to unnecessary wear and tear.

High winds can tear away shingles, sun and weather can cause caulk to crack, and wear and tear can cause the flashing around the fireplace to come apart.

Weak points in your roof’s armor may lead to more than precipitation getting into your home. Animals can burrow in, too. Once in your home, they can cause major issues.

The myth of the brand new roof

A lot of people think that because they have a brand new roof, they don’t need a maintenance plan. That logic falls apart when you think of it this way: children have relatively brand new teeth. Would you tell them not to brush and floss since the teeth are new and in good shape?

Of course not! In fact, because your roof is new, it’s the perfect time to get started on a maintenance program for it. Maintaining your roof will help you keep it looking pristine and prevent leaks.

What you can expect from our maintenance programs

Our team will come out to your home and inspect the condition of your roof, then recommend a plan. There are four pieces you can count on:

1. Inspection: We will examine your rubber plumbing boots, attic vents, shingles, decking, gutters, and skylights for damage and issues.

2. Maintenance: We will clean your skylights, trim back trees or bushes that are touching the roof or are close to touching the roof, and clean and remove debris from the gutters.

3. Report: We provide a written report detailing what was done and if any repairs are needed.

4. Discount: If any repairs are needed, we offer a 10% discount for roof maintenance customers.

If you’d like a roof maintenance plan estimate, give us a call at 405-359-3951. Let’s keep your roof in optimal condition, so it can protect your house, your belongings, and your loved ones.

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Celebrating 30 years of Land Enterprises Roofing

by: Kirsten Land on October 18th, 2016 about General

30th-cakeDid you know that Land Enterprises Roofing is 30 years old this year? In honor of those 30 years, here are 30 things you may not know about our team!

You may have met us in person, but do you know why we’re proud to work at Land Roofing? Or what we do with our free time? Or what advice we have to offer?

Get to know us here!

Todd Davis – Project Manager

todd-davis1. I’ll go the extra mile to make to make a customer for life. I appreciate working at an honest company with loyal employees and subcontractors!

2. I have one grandson who plays all sports. I enjoy going to all his games and spending time with him at the lake.

3. I have a cabin at the lake, and I love to spend a lot of time there with family and friends.

4. I enjoy hunting and fishing with my dad and grandson.

5. I like going to the dirt sprint car races.

6. I was a volunteer firefighter for 21 years in my community.

Heath Clark

heath-clark1. I started with Land Enterprises in May 2016. I came to work here because of the high level of integrity, sound and consistent business practices, and their heart for taking care of customers regardless of cost.

2. My wife, Jennifer, and I have a son named Tyler.

3. My family is passionate about foster care. We have been foster parents for 5 children, and look forward to the blessing of taking on others when the time comes.

4. I am a cancer survivor. I beat stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2001-2002.

5. I like to play golf, but am nowhere close to good at it!

6. When dealing with roof issues or questions, it is always best to contact a trusted resource. I’m proud that Land Enterprises is a trusted resource for many customers, realtors and insurance professionals in the greater Oklahoma City Metro area.

paula-bufordPaula Buford – Office Manager

1. I’ve been with Land Enterprises for 4 years and it has been the best experience. I love to help our customers and work on a team that cares about the customer.

2. I am a grandmother of 5 grandbabies ( 3 girls and 2 boys).

3. I play the drums at church.

4. I love to read and sit by a body of water.

5. I love to volunteer to help others.

6. If you are frustrated with dealing with insurance companies or mortgage companies when it comes to your claim, let me help. I can take the pressure off and deal with them for you.

kirstenKirsten Land – Vice President

1. I’ve been married to Brian for 18 years. We met at the Subway restaurant on campus corner in Stillwater. My job was to train him as a subway sandwich artist. I like to tease him by telling people that I am still training him!

2. I was a special education teacher for 12 years. My last position was with Edmond North High School working with freshman. I loved my job but left to raise our kids and help Brian with Land Enterprises.

3. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma when I was a sophomore in high school.

4. My dad worked for NASA in the astronaut office and has written over 40 children’s books about science.

5. I part-time homeschool our boys, who are 8 and 9 years old. They attend school two days a week and are home with me for three days, where I follow their teacher’s weekly lesson plan.

6. My advice to homeowners is to make sure your house has enough roof ventilation. Without proper ventilation your home can’t breathe and it could lead to a host of problems including mold, rotting soffits, thermal cracking, and gradual loss of shingles.

brianBrian Land – Owner & President

1. I was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Edmond when I was 8 years old.

2. I love to play basketball and play at a local gym 3 times a week.

3. I am huge fan of Oklahoma State University sports.

4. I am the third base coach for my son’s baseball team. No matter how busy I am with work I always make time to be at every game!

5. My favorite animals are dogs. When I started my company I had a Labrador Retriever named Boo. He went to work with me everyday!

6. Have a roofer you know, like, trust and value inspect your roof before you file a claim.

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How Land Enterprises Roofing began

by: Kirsten Land on October 4th, 2016 about General

about-usAt Land Enterprises Roofing, we’re celebrating 30 years of business this month! Brian Land has long been driven by entrepreneurship and giving back to the community.

In fact, it began fairly early in Brian’s life!

Early entrepreneurship

Brian always knew he’d run his own business some day. His dad, who worked two full-time jobs, always encouraged Brian to be his own boss. While his dad never started his own business, he was very passionate about Brian being able to do it.

This made such a big impression on Brian that he became an entrepreneur at a young age with a paper route. In 5th grade, his mother drove him to the local Otasco to take out a loan to buy a bicycle. He used this bicycle to run a paper route for the Edmond Sun that he would ride every day after school. He used his profits from his route to pay off his bicycle loan, and eventually decided that the paper route was interfering with his free time after school so he quit that job and started a business he could do during school.

So Brian started selling Hershey chocolate bars. He bought the 6 pack bars from TG&Y and sold them for a dollar each. He was able to make more money and didn’t have to give up his free time to do it! But then he found an even better opportunity with higher profits: selling cinnamon toothpicks. From Edmond, Brian would ride his bike to Quail Springs Mall to buy cinnamon oil. He bought a large pack of toothpicks and would make cinnamon toothpicks at home to sell at school.

Unfortunately, Brian eventually had to stop selling them when he was given in school suspension because a student rubbed his eye and the cinnamon oil irritated his eye. This happened twice, in fact!

Roofing to serve the community

Brian started roofing on his 17th birthday. He really enjoyed working on a team and completing projects. While in college at Oklahoma State University, he started his own company at the age of 19. Brian’s first company name was “Land Construction.” Brian earned a degree in Business Administration Management with a minor in Economics while he was at Oklahoma State University.

Brian would be called out to many repairs in his early roofing days. Many of the repairs were due to nails that were shot too high into the shingle, or shot at the wrong angle or with too much pressure. He saw numerous instances of blown-off shingles caused by nail guns, which why Land Enterprises Roofing uses hand nailing on roofs to this day. Hand nailing a shingle allows the roofer to feel the correct pressure and see proper placement of the nail.

Before starting his own company, Brian worked on two different roofing crews with different bosses. Each boss taught Brian proper methods for roofing, but more importantly, each boss desired to serve his community with integrity. Their example of great character instilled in Brian the desire to have a servant’s heart. He wants to be known for being honest and a helpful member of the community.

Fun fact: Another person on our team, Paula Buford, also sold cinnamon toothpicks in school! Check back in a couple of weeks to find out more fun facts about Land Roofing staff-30, in fact, to celebrate Land Roofing’s 30-year anniversary!

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Three autumn roof maintenance guidelines

by: Kirsten Land on September 20th, 2016 about General

Fall maintenanceYour roof is one of the larger investments you’ve made in your home. Just like other major investments, keeping up with minor maintenance can increase the life of your roof.

You pay for regular maintenance on your car-oil changes, tune ups, and tire rotations-to prevent small problems from becoming big problems. Maintaining your roof does the same thing! Fall is the perfect time for you to consider three parts of roof maintenance.

1. Basic repair

Experts recommend a biannual inspection, typically every spring and fall. Here’s a checklist of things you may want to keep an eye on-and quickly repair before they become bigger, more expensive issues.

  • Rubber plumbing boots that are deteriorating
  • Attic vents that are cracking, flaking, and rusting
  • Animal damage or roof penetration
  • Shingles that are curling, cupping, flaking, tearing, splitting, and blistering
  • Roof decking that is buckling
  • Gutters clogged with debris

2. Spring damage

If you had roof-damaging storms hit your neighborhood this spring, you may have waited on getting repairs until the storm season passed. You didn’t want to have another hail storm come along and tear up a brand-new roof!

But if you think your roof could need replacing, now’s a good time to call a roofer out for an inspection. If they think it needs to be repaired, it’s much better to have that done now than when damp fall and freezing winter weather set in.

3. Winter preparation

Winter is hard on your roof. If your roof isn’t up to par, it can lead to everything from small leaks to severe cave-ins.

Are there any factors that may cause an ice dam on your roof? Are there other signs of poor roof health? If you are not on a regular maintenance program, or haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, now’s the time to have it checked.
Want to have a professional come out and do your roof maintenance for you? You may want to know that if you enroll in one of our roof maintenance programs, you get an extra 10% off small repairs.

But however you handle autumn maintenance, be sure to take care of your roof so it can take care of you, for years and years to come.

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No, your roof may not need to be replaced

by: Kirsten Land on September 6th, 2016 about Roofing Advice

Happy customerA few years ago, a homeowner contacted us for an assessment of their roof after a hail storm to see if it should be replaced. We inspected it, and it wasn’t ready. And that was that.

But for several weeks after that, other roofing companies stopped by their house and insisted they needed a new roof.

The homeowners didn’t bite.

After another storm hit, months later, we were the first roofer they called. This time, the roof needed to be replaced. They chose us to do the job. Why? Because we had earned their trust.

That’s not an uncommon story. We make it a point to be honest when we talk with homeowners, even when being honest means that we may lose business. Usually, that goes against most people’s expectations of the roofing industry.

Here’s another example of why honesty matters, from the words of a client:


“The first time I called Brian out to my home, I was referred to him by a neighbor who was using their company for a full roof replacement. The whole neighborhood was getting new roofs because of a recent hail storm.

Brian came out and advised me that my roof was not damaged (possibly because my house is newer than some of the surrounding ones) and he said it would be better for me to not file a claim.

A couple of years later, some roofers stopped by my house and told me my roof was damaged and I should let them inspect my roof. Instead, I called Brian and when he came out, he reassured me that it was still not damaged at that time.

Two more years go by and again, another set of roofers came through my neighborhood. They told me the shingles on my roof were discontinued and I should have it replaced. When my husband and I looked at the roof, we noticed a missing shingle so I called Brian again.

This time, Brian advised me that the roof was damaged and we did need a replacement. We hired Brian and Land Enterprises because he was honest in the previous two inspections. He could have made money off an unnecessary roof replacement, but he didn’t.

After the roof replacement, my mom told me there would be nails in my yard, and that I should inspect my yard for them so my dog didn’t get hurt. To my surprise there wasn’t a single nail on the lawn.”

– Linda Sharo, Edmond homeowner


When everyone in Linda’s neighborhood was getting new roofs, it’s possible an insurance adjuster would have gone ahead and stated her roof was totaled as well, but it’s more likely that a claim would have been denied if she’d made one.

Once you make a call to your insurance company, you’ve filed a claim, even if it turns out your roof wasn’t really totaled. Often, the adjustor will in fact find dented gutters or vents but most deductibles are so large that the customer won’t receive any money from their insurance company for the repairs.

And the next time their roof is totaled, the insurance company probably won’t give them any money for the gutters or vents if they already had done so in the past. That will have to come out of the homeowner’s pocket.

This dynamic doesn’t affect roofers nearly as much as it affects homeowners, and in fact a lot of roofers won’t discuss this with their clients. But we think that’s dishonest.

Sometimes, that means we lose out on business, but other times that means we gain loyal customers down the road. And for us, honesty and loyal customers make for a pretty good combination.

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Is your roof really totaled?

by: Kirsten Land on August 16th, 2016 about Insurance

Roof DamageThis may seem obvious, but it’s hard to tell from an individual homeowner’s perspective: if a roofer’s just totaling every roof they see, that shows they don’t know what to look for. You may not know what a roofer’s success rate is, but it’s worth asking.

When a roofer determines that your roof is totaled, but your insurance agency disagrees, that burden falls on you as a homeowner.

This isn’t necessarily a dishonest or predatory thing. Some roofers may be trying to up their odds of replacing a total roof. Other roofers may legitimately not know whether or not a roof is totaled because they haven’t had enough training.

You want to make sure you’re using a trusted, knowledgeable roofer before making a call to your insurance carrier about a totaled roof. Brian spoke to an adjuster the other day who told him that one roofing company she works with often has a success rate of 50%. That means that half of the roofs this company says are totaled are determined by the insurance agencies as not totaled.

We don’t like to brag, but it’s worth mentioning that Brian’s rate of success is approximately 98%. He’s pursued the Haag Engineering Certificate and attends continuing education classes so that when he tells a client that their roof is totaled it really is totaled.

Why does this matter? In a word, insurance.

I recently spoke with Joan Curtis at Michelle Schaefer’s insurance agency about this issue. She told me that they always recommend clients have a roofer out before filing an insurance claim on their roof. If a client calls their insurance agency to send someone out, even just to look at the damage, that counts as filing a claim.

If there’s no roof damage, that is called a “zero pay claim,” which can still cost the client a surcharge of up to 20% at renewal time. Filing a high number of claims (even zero pay claims) may even make it more challenging for you to renew with your insurance agency at all.

If you do end up needing a new roof, you may be able to receive a large discount on your premiums when you supply your agent with a receipt paid in full. Depending on your insurance agency, re-roofing your house with an impact-resistant roof can yield an even bigger discount over the life of the roof.

The bottom line is to choose a roofer you trust. Talk to them before calling out an insurance adjuster, because you might save yourself the penalty of a zero pay claim. That way, even if you do need to file a claim, you’ll be more knowledgeable about what repairs or replacement you need.

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Let your roof breathe

by: Kirsten Land on August 2nd, 2016 about Residential Roofing

Roof ventilationWe often work on roofs that have been improperly ventilated. This happens for any number of reasons, but there are some common issues that occur whenever a roof isn’t ventilated enough.

It’s important to have adequate ventilation in your roof, though, because excess moisture in your roof can cause mold, mildew, or dry rot to develop. Preventing airflow between your attic and outside could also trap harmful chemicals and physical particulates, which then stay in your home instead of exiting through ventilation.

And in some cases, if your roof isn’t ventilated properly, that could void the manufacturer’s warranty for your roof. There are three main types of roof ventilation we come across on a regular basis in Oklahoma. You’ll probably notice your home has one of these types.

Passive vents: These vents are large and round, and, as you’d guess by the name, passively let air ventilate as needed. These are the best option for most homes.

Turbine vents: A turbine vent is necessary if your home has a hip roof or a pyramid-style roof. These are the vents that often look like a silver mushroom or chef’s hat.

Power vents: These vents run off electricity. We don’t usually recommend them, though. It’s hard to tell when a power vent has stopped working, which means that moisture or minor damage may go unnoticed for a while, creating larger issues down the road. Because there’s no roof ventilation while these vents aren’t working, that will create damage to your roof over time.

If your roof isn’t ventilated properly, you may notice mold or mildew in your attic, or the structural effects of too much moisture: shingles that are cracked or curling, or even roof decking that is soggy or spongy to the touch.

If you’re concerned that your attic may not have adequate ventilation and want a professional to come have a look at it, we’re happy to help. We can check to see if you have enough ventilation in your roof. If you decide you want to install ventilation, we can help with that as well.

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