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Severe weather in Oklahoma is an unfortunate eventuality. Luckily, a high-quality roof that is maintained with proper upkeep has the ability to stand against rough conditions for a long time.

So what should you do if you are in an area recently hit by strong storms?

Inspection

If you suspect your roof has been damaged, the first thing you can do is go outside and take a look at it. Signs of damage you should look out for include damage caused by hail which may appear like scuffs or circles that are lighter or darker in color compared to your normal shingle color. You should also look for lifted shingles, missing shingles, tears, cracks, and so on. 

To be certain of any roof damage, contact your roofing professional and arrange a visit for them to inspect the health of your roof.

Prevention

It is possible to reduce the risks facing your roof. Take preventative measures when the weather is clear. You can start by pruning your trees of any dead branches and pick up any fallen branches as well. Look around for any litter that may have gathered on your property and throw it away. It's also a good idea to make sure you put away all toys, tools, and objects that could be picked up and thrown by high winds. 

Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is a major part of the Land Enterprises Roofing service experience. Our maintenance program includes thorough inspections and routine cleaning, clearing debris, and trimming back any limbs that could pose a threat to your roof. If you'd like to know more about each visit to maintain your roof, we do include a written report that covers every aspect of what was cleaned and cared for during our visit.

Insurance and warranties

Shingle warranties can last up to 50 years. The bad news is, warranties typically only cover imperfections and the manufacturers can choose to void a warranty if the roof owner cannot prove proper upkeep and maintenance.

You should have an insurance policy that covers your roof to avoid any surprise expenses. Read through your policy or talk to your agent to make sure you know whether or not you are covered for things like fire, hail, wind, and falling tree/branch damage. Don't forget to ask about a leaky roof as well.

Another added benefit of Land's services is that we will work with your insurance company if you need to file a claim. 

If you're ready to learn more about Land Enterprises Roofing services or have any of your questions answered, please call us at (405) 359-3951 or email us at info@landroofingokc.com.

Posted in Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice       Comments: None

How does wind damage a roof?

by: Kirsten Land on June 4th, 2019 about Commercial Roofing, Residential Roofing

 Wind is a well known destructive force in Oklahoma. But how exactly does strong wind damage your home’s roof? And what does it look like?

Severe weather can cause damage to a roof in two ways. One is by way of throwing debris up against the roof itself. Anything moving fast enough can remove shingles, cut into the roof, tear or puncture shingles, damage flashing, roofing cement, and so on. Heavy limbs and trees are notorious for inflicting damage during high winds. The other way wind causes damage is simply by lifting the roofing material up off of the home. This exposes the whole roof to moisture, rot, mold, and any other form of decay. 

How to spot wind damage

Some roofing materials have very high wind ratings. Regardless, you should check the status of your roof after the wind has risen over 50 mph. To inspect your roof, go outside and look for any missing shingles or torn, cracked, curled materials and obvious patches on all sections of your roof. You may even want to use binoculars to get a closer look, but be careful where you look on sunny days. 

Remember, your roof isn’t just the shingles or metal. It is made up of other things like the flashing that covers joints and sharp angles, gutters, chimneys, vents. Take a look at the entire roof.

Here’s what the damage can look like for the different components of your roof:

  • Shingles: curling or raised edges, rips and tears, missing chunks of asphalt on individual shingles, missing whole shingles
  • Metal: dents, obvious holes or gaps, rust, lifting
  • Wood: mold, moss, splitting, missing shingles
  • Flashing: tears, buckling around other damaged areas
  • Gutters: bending, sagging, leaking, missing sections, rust
  • Chimneys: leaning, flashing damage, cracks, missing bricks

Be sure to keep an eye out for water damage and stains outside or inside the home and attic as well. This could be a sign of leaks caused by damage you can’t otherwise see.

Of course, if you are suspicious of any damage, you should contact an expert as soon as possible. Please feel free to give Land Roofing a call at 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com.

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