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How to identify roof damage

by: Kirsten Land on August 20th, 2019 about General

 Living in Oklahoma, severe weather is commonplace. But just because high winds and heavy rains happen often doesn’t mean you should ignore damage to your roof. After big storms it is more important than ever to make sure your home is prepared for the next one to come.

Here are some ways you can look for roof damage. While they’re not foolproof, they’re a good sign you should call in a trusted roofing professional.

Shingle damage

Probably the easiest issue to spot is missing shingles. If you take a walk out into your yard and look up, you should be able to tell if there are any shingles missing or any sections that look much darker than the others and are set a layer lower. If you need to use binoculars to get a closer look, that is even better. 

As you look closer, you should be able to see if any edges have lifted up off of the roof. Sometimes the corners of shingles curl up as well. Look for dents and cracks in your roof as well.

Edges and flashing

The roof of a building is more than the shingles or metal sheet. A roof also has joints and edges covered in strips of metal, plastic, or other material called flashing that can be damaged by high winds, hail, debris, and heavy rain.

Consider examining your roof after a storm, then looking up a photo of edging and flashing online to make a visual comparison. If any materials are missing, pulled away from corners and edges, or look questionable in other ways, contact your trusted roofing professional to get a second opinion. 

Commercial roofs

A flat commercial roof has risk of damage just like a residential roof. Signs of damage to look for here are similar to a residential roof. Damage to either type can allow water to leak in and show stains or create smells of rot and decay. The flat roof of a business will also use flashing around edges and corners to prevent leaks, so examine those closely.

Roofing material can become uneven on a flat roof. When it dips down, water can pool and eventually seep into the building. Some standing water is not cause for alarm. But standing water that remains after more than three days could be a bad sign.

Upper membrane materials can also balloon outward like a blister or bubble. This means air or water has become trapped between the membrane and the roof’s deck. That type of damage needs to be addressed.

If you are concerned about the status of your home or business’s roof or would simply like to know more about what Land Roofing can do for you, please contact us at 405-359-3951.

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When is roofing season?

by: Kirsten Land on August 6th, 2019 about General

 Wondering if there is a best time of the year to get your roof replacement? Believe it or not, you can typically get your roof replaced whenever you need it done. Of course, the best time to get problems fixed is sooner rather than later.

Best time to replace roof shingles

Yes, you can get your roof work done year-round. Sometimes, that means installing a temporary fix in less-than-perfect conditions and waiting on the weather to agree with your plans. Currently, the most popular time of the year to buy a new roof is late summer into early fall. There tends to be less rain and warmer weather, but no extreme conditions during this time of year.

That being said, there are times when roof work needs to happen pretty quickly. As you might imagine, it is better to contact a roofing professional before a small problem turns into a big one. That's true even in the middle of winter.

What is the best temperature to replace a roof?

If the weather is near or below freezing, you will not want new shingles put on your roof. In order for shingles to set properly, they need to be able to reach temperatures above 70 degrees. The air temperature doesn't need to be 70 degrees, there just needs to be enough warmth and direct sunlight for the roofing materials to absorb energy and heat up. Some of that heat comes from inside the home too.

A warm winter day in Oklahoma could reach into the high 40s and 50s which is warm enough to get the job done as long as wind and rain conditions are optimal as well. Instead of waiting three or four months, you may just need to wait a week. 

Cold weather poses risks to roofing materials and workers, but so does extremely hot weather. Intense cold leads to shingles cracking and not setting properly. High heat can curl, crack, and negatively alter the shape of shingles as well. 

No reason to worry

If you're concerned about when you should call a roofer related to the extreme cold or extreme heat, don't worry! We take that into account for you and schedule the work accordingly.

Part of the roofing process at Land Enterprises includes only removing shingles we know we have enough time to replace that same day. So while delays seem like bad news, it is actually better for you in the long run. You will have the peace of mind knowing that your roof is getting replaced as soon as possible as well as being replaced the right way. 

If you would like to learn more about our roofing process and roof maintenance services, please call us at 405-359-3951.

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