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The right ventilation can save your roof

by: Kirsten Land on September 19th, 2017 about General

Does your home have proper roof ventilation? The right ventilation can result in lower electric bills and longer-lasting shingles. Plus, it can save you money in other ways, too.

A Case Study: Our Neighbors

This summer, some of the homeowners in our neighborhood asked us to inspect their houses. No matter how low they set their thermostats, they couldn't get their second-story rooms cool. Sure enough, we discovered that their roofs had inadequate ventilation. We added the proper ventilation, and we recently received this testimonial from Ashley Corbett: ”Just a shout out to Brian Land and Land Roofing. We had them out and they put turbines on the roof. It has made a huge difference in the cooling of the upstairs. It has always been so hot in the past up there we would have to use a portable AC unit. This year we haven’t even turned it on. HUGE difference. Thank you so much.”

The Many Benefits of Ventilation

Proper ventilation goes beyond helping your home stay cool. It can boost energy efficiency, lower electric bills, and increase the lifespan of shingles. In the winter, ventilation is important, too. It allows warm, moist air to escape, which reduces your chances of getting mold and prevents ice dams from forming in your gutters.

Not All Ventilation Is Created Equal

Some types of roof ventilation that seem like they might be a good idea really aren't. We don't recommend ridge vents or power vents for a couple of reasons.

Ridge vents: In areas like Oklahoma where we get wind-driven rain, a storm can blow rain sideways into the ridge vents and cause major leaks in the roof.

Power vents: The power vent, electric or solar, is marketed as being able to keep your attic up to 30 degrees cooler. Allison Bailes at Energy Vanguard outlines the problems with power vents: unless you have a perfectly airtight attic-and virtually no house does-the power vents pull air conditioned air from the house into the attic. This, of course, makes the roof cooler, but only because you're paying to air condition your attic!

Check Your Roof Ventilation

Making sure your house is properly ventilated can help you be more energy efficient and extend the life of your shingles and roof. Like us, many roofers offer free inspections. Call your trusted roofer to see how well ventilated your roof is.

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Protect yourself from scammers after a storm

by: Kirsten Land on September 5th, 2017 about Roofing Advice

Scam alert road sign

When a damaging storm hits, the last thing you should have to worry about is insurance scammers. But they are out there and will try to con you out of money when you are stressed and vulnerable. In fact, The Oklahoma Insurance Commission warned of phone and door-to-door scammers who hit neighborhoods after storm damage in Elk City and Perkins.

Here are six ways to protect against insurance scammers and fraud, according to Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak.

1. Ask for references-and check them. This is a simple initial step, but it could save you a lot. If the potential scam artist cannot or will not provide references or tries to talk you out of checking references, it should be a big red flag.

2. Work only with licensed and insured contractors. You would be surprised at how many times a homeowner doesn't ask to see the licensing credentials of the contractors they hire. Be vigilant and ask. Take pictures of or jot down their licensing information.

3. Get everything in writing. This is always a good idea, even if you're dealing with a legitimate service provider. It sets expectations and gives you a document you can refer to in case of a dispute.

4. Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license. Write down their license and plate numbers. Scammers will probably try to avoid providing you with this information.

5. Never sign a contract with blanks. This is the equivalent of endorsing a blank check and handing it to a stranger.

6. Never pay in full until work is completed. This seems like a no-brainer, but con artists can be charming and convincing. Even if they seem above-board and trustworthy, never pay a roofer or sales person in full before the work is done and meets your satisfaction.

It's also important to find a roofing contractor you know, like, and trust. Once you have identified a trusted contractor, that company can work with your insurance company to ensure your home is repaired correctly and back to new. If a roofer talks about how they can help you make money through your insurance claim, that's likely a scam that also classifies as insurance fraud.

Follow these tips when approached or called by people who say they represent insurance companies. It may help you avoid losing money to those who prey on storm victims.

If you live in Oklahoma and have questions about contractors, you can call the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071. If you live outside the state, you can check the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for your local organization's contact information.

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