Roof maintenance for your home

by: Kirsten Land on October 21st, 2014 about Residential Roofing

Damaged Roof Shingles RepairOwning a home without a roof maintenance program is like driving a car and never having the oil changed. We started offering roof maintenance because during our roof inspections we would find a lot of damage that a little preventative care could have kept from ever occurring.

Most of the time leaks can be prevented. They often develop around fireplace flashing or when a shingle has blown off the roof. Once you have damage from a leak, water can very easily get in and then you have to potentially deal with mold, replacing sheetrock, painting, etc.

Damage can happen quickly and it can be very costly. That’s why we recommend regular maintenance inspections. Our roof inspection includes:

  1. Inspecting all rubber plumbing boots and replace as needed.
  2. Inspecting all attic vents for cracking, flaking and metal rusting.
  3. Inspecting for animal damage or roof penetration.
  4. Inspecting shingles for curling, cupping, flaking, tearing, splitting and blistering. A sign of hail damage is seeing the black mat under shingles. Isolated damage can be repaired with a few new shingles, but if it’s widespread, it’s time for a new roof.
  5. Checking for buckled roof decking.
  6. Cleaning and removing debris from gutters. Even if you have gutter screens, debris collects in the valley and on the screen. If your gutters get clogged up, rain water overflows and falls to the ground which can damage your foundation and landscaping.
  7. Cleaning skylights.
  8. Applying necessary caulking around the metal seal of the fireplace, skylight, chimney, and vent pipes.
  9. Replacing flashing around fireplace, if necessary.
  10. Trimming trees touching the roof. If trees rub against the house it can scrape shingles off. Your insurance may not cover storm damage if they believe you were negligent in trimming your trees and your roofing material manufacturer may not honor their warranty.

When we complete our inspection, we provide you with a roof report that details what maintenance we completed and any next steps needed to keep your roof in good condition.

You can always inspect your own roof using our guidelines. However, when you consider how many injuries and casualties occur each year due to falling off a roof or a ladder and the hospital expenses those incidents result in, it’s well worth the investment to hire a professional roofer inspect your roof regularly.

For more information about our preventative residential maintenance plans starting at less than $200 per year, call us at 359-3951.

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Commercial roof maintenance for your business

by: Kirsten Land on October 7th, 2014 about Commercial Roofing

Metal roof backgroundAs Oklahomans, we know severe storms aren't a matter of if – it's a matter of when.

The roof is a commercial building's first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building.

Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.

Proper maintenance prolongs the life of a roof and in many instances will allow for "repair" instead of "replacement" when a problem is identified.

We are here for our customers through the entire life cycle of roof ownership. Most owners are not aware that properly maintaining the roof can actually extend the life of the roof and minimize the entire life cycle cost. A proactive approach to roof maintenance will allow you to anticipate future roofing needs and plan your budget accordingly.

Here are a few signs that you may need a roof maintenance plan sooner than later.

  • Unexplained mold or odors inside the building
  • Water stains on the ceiling
  • Standing water or ponding on the roof, which can weaken the roof deck
  • Bubbles in the roof cover, which can reduce effectiveness against uplift forces in a windstorm
  • Tears in the roof cover
  • Gaps in roof flashing (strips of metal where the roof meets the wall or object the protrude from the roof)
  • improper sealing around skylights

We conduct a full 12-point roof inspection twice a year: before winter and after winter. We clean debris off the roof and gutters, clean the skylights, and take care of any caulking that needs to be done. We want your roof to be clean and working properly before winter because water and ice can get in there and cause a lot damage to your roof, masonry, or any other material.

We also keep trees trimmed. This prevents branches from rubbing against the roof and leaves from accumulating on the roof and clogging drains and gutters. Additional aspects of our 2-point bi-annual roof inspection include checking:

  1. Ventilation
  2. Exterior
  3. Gutters
  4. Drip Edge
  5. Underlayment
  6. Valleys
  7. Flashings
  8. Skylights
  9. Chimneys
  10. Decking
  11. Ridge
  12. Shingles

As business owners, you face challenges in the day-to-day maintenance of your company operations and your building facility. Which is why we offer a commercial roof maintenance program for businesses. When it comes to your first line of defense against severe Oklahoma weather, it makes sense to hire a contractor to make sure the job is done safely and correctly.

For more information about our preventative commercial maintenance plans starting at less than $200 per year, call us at 359-3951.

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