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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.

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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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 Roof ventilation is an important and necessary part of your home’s functionality. Without proper ventilation, energy bills can rise and your home can be seriously damaged.

Ventilation in your attic allows air to pass in and out of your home. This keeps your home from getting too hot and from collecting too much moisture. The air should come in under the edges of the roof and exit through the exhaust vents on top of the roof. Unfortunately, many roofs do not have enough circulation and are hurting because of it.

Bad roof ventilation is not good for your wallet! Let's look at the two major problems it causes.

Too much heat

If hot air collects in the attic and has nowhere to go, it will start to warm up the home below it. In the summertime, this causes drastic increases to energy bills because the A/C will be running constantly. In a worst case scenario, your air conditioner could freeze or break from overuse. Too much heat can also begin to warp the wood framing from the top of the attic down to the walls and doorway in your home.

The outside of your home can also be hurt by the excess heat trapped inside. Shingles can be cooked by overheating, drastically shortening their lifespan. 

Too much moisture

If air is not allowed to pass through your roof system, moisture in the air will begin to collect and damage your home. Water can seep into the wood making it rot. It also promotes the growth of molds and algae that are harmful to the health of you, your family, and the construction materials making up your home.

When water condenses, it will start to run. And if it pools and runs into your insulation, it is damaged and becomes less effective. By the time you get to that point, you will have water damage that requires replacements and repairs in your attic, the roof, the walls, and possibly electrical systems if the condensation is extreme.

That's a lot of expense that could have been avoided with proper ventilation!

What to do

You need to have your roof and attic ventilation up to standard. If you have seen any of the warning signs, please contact us today. Call 405-359-3951 or email us at info@landroofingokc.com.

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Brian’s legacy

by: Kirsten Land on May 7th, 2019 about Land Enterprises Roofing

Brian Land, my husband and the founder of Land Enterprises Roofing, passed away on March 17, 2019. Since then, I have been in awe of all the people who continually pray for me and our boys, call me, send cards, and send gifts. We have appreciated the meals, kind deeds, and invitations to get together.

As you might expect, my grief comes in waves. One moment I’m fine and the next I’m a mess. Brian was my best friend and husband for almost 21 years. We started dating when I was 19 which means we were together for 28 years. Brian started Land Enterprises Roofing back in 1986. In 2009 I joined him in the business, so we worked together for a decade.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe because the pain of my grief is so great. How is this wonderful person with his cowboy hat and big grin gone? Brian was here and how he’s gone forever.

One of the things that Brian did well was to prepare. That allowed us to build the business over the years until it was the incredible team of people we have today. Because of his preparation, we are able to continue Brian’s legacy of helping others.

I was overcome with emotion recently when I found out that Brian is being honored by the OKC Young Professionals with the 2019 Legacy Award. It’s given to an individual that impacted the lives of young professionals with every aspect of their life.

The organization wrote about Brian, “Brian Land was an excellent role model for young professionals and touched the hearts of so many of our members.”

Obviously, Brian was special to me and our family. But to hear about the impact he had on others has been a joy and comfort to us. He loved people and enjoyed helping out whenever there was an opportunity to do so.

Three weeks after Brian passed away, I returned to work. I will continue to run Land Enterprises Roofing with the help and support of our amazing team. The company was Brian’s dream, then it became our dream, and now it’s his legacy.

It gives me some peace to be at our office where I once worked next to Brian each day. Now the entire team and I will do our best to continue the legacy he started. I know he would be pleased.

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What roofing material is most energy efficient?

by: Kirsten Land on April 16th, 2019 about Residential Roofing

 You can have a roof covered by asphalt shingles, metal, slate, clay tiles, and more. But which material is the most energy efficient? If solar tiles or a “green” roof are allowed by your homeowner’s association, they may be able to offset energy costs while working to protect your roof. 

However, there are other ways to save on energy when it comes to your roof. 

Types of roofing material

  1. Shake (wooden) shingles – Shake shingles are durable as far as high wind and strong storms are concerned, but they may rot if they absorb too much moisture.
  2. Asphalt shingles – Asphalt shingles, which are the most popular choice, have been some of the least efficient systems in the past. But as technology progresses, so does the efficiency of these shingles.
  3. Metal – A metal roof is lightweight, reflective, and lasts a long time, but it can be easily dented by hail and debris and may get annoying to replace since it’s installed in large sections.
  4. Slate – Slate is naturally occurring like clay but is more durable.
  5. Tile (clay or concrete) – Clay tile is very energy efficient, but it’s better suited to dry climates because it tends to absorb water. Clay tile will also shatter when struck by hail in cold weather.
  6. White TPO, PVC, or elastomeric coatings – These coatings for commercial roofs are very reflective and can increase the lifespan of a roof.

The basics of energy efficient roofing

A roof is efficient when it reflects the sun’s radiation and blocks out heat. Different materials do this in different ways. A metal roof will get extremely hot under the summer sun, but underneath the surface, the roof remains cool because of the metal’s reflectivity. 

In contrast, a concrete roof will not reflect as well as a metal roof, but the material itself will remain relatively cool and not allow the home to absorb extra heat. 

Currently, the more energy efficient roofs are made of slate, clay, or metal. But asphalt shingles are now being made with more reflective composites, which increases their energy efficiency.

Choosing an energy efficient roof

If you’re debating your options for an energy efficient roof, ask your roofer for their recommendation! We have seen countless roofs over the years and are well-equipped to answer that question. 

Ask your roofer, “What is the best roofing material for me?” Where you live, the style of your home, and your budget will all impact the answer to that question. 

If you have any further questions about roofing, feel free to get in contact by calling 405-359-3951 or emailing us at info@landroofingokc.com.

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Why is my flat roof leaking?

by: Kirsten Land on April 2nd, 2019 about Commercial Roofing, Roofing Advice

 When a flat roof starts to leak, many people will simply think water is pooling on top of the building. But standing water is just one of many factors that can contribute to a leaky flat roof. 

That being said, it is a good idea to check for leaks and pooling water on a flat roof after heavy rains. As a roof settles and changes shape over time, the chances of standing water increase. Standing water puts extra pressure on the roof and deteriorates the roofing materials.

Many issues may result from a settling and aging roof: flashing leaks, buckling, or alligatoring. Yes, alligatoring.

Flashing

Flashing is the material used to seal off the area between any flat roof surface and any non-flat surface on the roof. Basically, it covers the gaps and cracks at the edges of things on your roof. Over time, a roof’s flashing may start to pull away, peel up, crack, or tear which can lead to leaks and moisture seeping into the building below.

Buckling

Buckling relates to the asphalt membrane of the roof, and it’s another issue that arises due to excessive movement from a settling roof over time. As a roof gets older, the asphalt membrane may wrinkle or buckle. A buckled roof is not a healthy roof, and it’s a sign that your roof needs maintenance.

Alligatoring

This happens when asphalt used on a roof wears out and starts to crack and bubble and take on an appearance that resembles the bumpy skin of an alligator. A roof alligator can’t bite you, but if you ignore the issue, it will certainly feel painful one way or another.

A professionally installed flat roof can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. But there are obviously many factors that can impact the health of your roof. High amounts of rain, wind, ice, hail, and flying debris will eventually harm any roof. 

The best approach to prevent leaks in a flat roof is to monitor the status of your roof. If you are concerned by something you see as a potential problem, have leaking issues, want to start a maintenance program, or just have some questions, feel free to contact us for a consultation.

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Roof damage can be more than just shingles

by: Kirsten Land on March 19th, 2019 about Residential Roofing

 It’s important to monitor the condition of your roof, as small areas of damage can quickly become major problems. If there’s been severe weather in your area recently, it’s a good idea to get your roof checked.  

Even if there hasn’t been severe weather, a regular inspection from a qualified roofing company can help keep your roof in great shape. Here are a few things we look for when taking preventative measures.

Cleaning

Your yard and roof should be clear of any twigs, leaves, branches, and anything else that could potentially clog up a gutter. Loose debris can also cause damage to a roof when blown around by very strong winds. 

Shingles

Shingles can be damaged in a multitude of ways: curling, cupping, flaking, tearing, splitting, and blistering. Basically, watch out for any shingles that don’t look normal. If an edge has lifted, the corners are curling up off the roof, or anything looks like it is broken, that area’s effectiveness may be compromised.

Roof vents and beyond

Your roof is made up of more than just the shingles. Roof vents can also become damaged or rusted and allow water to seep into your home. Areas where the roof level changes can also be a source of leaks if damaged. Any teeth marks, scratches, or holes in your housing material are signs of an animal taking up residence.

Maintenance 

Land Enterprises Roofing offers preventative maintenance for both commercial and residential roofing. Twice a year, we will inspect your roof for any signs of damage. With a regular inspection and routine maintenance, you can ensure the good health of your roof. 

There are things you can do yourself to make sure your roof is safe, but ultimately, a professional roofer that you trust should take a look if you suspect any damage has occurred.

For more information regarding roofing, inspections, and maintenance, please contact us as info@landroofingokc.com or call 405-359-3951.

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Preparing for stormy weather

by: Kirsten Land on March 5th, 2019 about Roofing Advice

As the seasons change, so do weather patterns. You need to make sure your roof is prepared to handle any of the extreme or bizarre conditions that Mother Nature may throw your way. 

Here are several steps to take to make sure you are in the best position to handle the weather this year.

Insurance and warranties

Your home insurance and roof warranty can be a challenge to keep track of sometimes. While shingle warranties can last up to 50 years, they generally only cover material imperfections. And a manufacturer may choose to void a warranty if you can’t prove that proper maintenance has been done.

You should also read your insurance policy or call your insurance agent to understand what kind of protection your home has. Ask about things like fire, hail damage, wind, and falling trees/branches. Also ask if leaks are covered by your insurance.

Remember, Land Enterprises Roofing will work with your insurance company if you need to file a claim.

Cleaning and upkeep of your roof

There are a few things you can do to minimize risks to your roof and home. The first step is cleaning out your gutters. Get a ladder and some gloves and make sure water flow won’t be blocked by debris. While you are up there, you can take a closer look at your roof for any signs of peeling, lifting, or missing shingles. 

You should also look into trimming trees that hang near or over your house. Take care to keep your property clean of any trash or branches as well. Strong winds can pick up surprisingly heavy things and throw them onto your roof.

Keep an eye on the weather, as you may have to alter your cleaning schedule if storms are predicted within a few days.

As always, take the necessary safety precautions whenever you’re using a ladder or are climbing on your roof. 

Ongoing roof maintenance

If you are worried about leaks and roof damage, we offer preventative maintenance plans to keep your roof in great shape. We offer plans for both residential and commercial roofing needs.

To learn more about our roof maintenance plans or ask another roofing question, please call us at 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com.

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How long will my roof last?

by: Kirsten Land on February 19th, 2019 about Roofing Advice

No one likes having to pay for home repairs, especially when it comes to the more expensive parts of your home like a new roof.

Roofing isn’t cheap, but a well-applied roof should last for a long time. Here in Oklahoma, though, we have a unique set of circumstances that can shorten the lifespan of your roof.

Let’s take a look at life expectancies for different roofing materials, some factors that can shorten those, and how to know when it’s time to get your roof replaced.

Shingles

Most of the roofs in Oklahoma are made of various types of shingles. The lowest grade of shingle is three-tab, which is not used a lot in Oklahoma because of the very low wind rating. They’re the ones that look completely rectangular, which you may have seen on trailer homes. These can last from ten to twenty years, but in windy areas or areas with high temperature variance, the lifespan can be dramatically shorter.

Most houses in this area have architectural or dimensional shingles, which are made of multiple shingle layers. They’re more durable than three-tab and have a higher wind rating, which makes them the most cost-effective choice for many Oklahoma roofing applications. They usually last from fifteen to 25 years.

Finally there are premium shingles, which are used on higher-end homes. These are thicker and fancier-looking, and they can last from twenty to 30 years. Some also have special properties like reflectivity or impact resistance, which can help cushion against the worst environmental factors that shorten the life of a roof.

Metal

There are multiple different kinds of metal roofing, including standing seam, ribbed metal, and metal shingle. These are all very durable with ribbed metal occasionally lasting a little shorter time depending on the installation method. In general, metal roofs should last between 30 and 50 years.

Tile

Tile roofs aren’t often seen in Oklahoma. They require more bracing to deal with the weight of the roof, but if your home can stand it, they have very good durability. Clay tile roofs can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. Concrete tile comes in slightly lower at 40 to 75 years.

Other roofing materials

Slate is one of the best and most expensive roofing materials with very high durability. It can last between 50 and 100 years.

Composite shingle systems can last between 30 and 50 years, but those systems cost more than regular shingle roofs.

Cedar shingle or shake roofs are more common on the coasts, and they’re designed to last twenty to 35 years. They require some maintenance, however, and can last longer if properly taken care of. Wind uplift ratings depend fairly heavily on installation.

There are some other options for flat roofs, but those are typically found in commercial roofs rather than residential applications.

What can shorten the lifespan of my roof?

Oklahoma isn’t a great place to live if you’re a roof. Wind is one of the worst offenders for tearing up a roof, and high winds are common here. In addition, the frequent temperature fluctuations cause the shingles to expand and contract, which causes cracks to form over time. Ice can form in these cracks in the winter months and cause the cracks to expand. Proper installation can help, but roof lifespans in Oklahoma tend to be short.

How can I tell if my shingle roof needs to be replaced?

There are quite a few signs that can indicate it’s time to replace your roof:

 Cupped or curled shingle edges

 Bald spots without granules

 Visible cracks

 Age or visible wear

Another key sign that your roof might need to be replaced is when your neighbors are getting new roofs. Most homes in a neighborhood are built around the same time, and the roofs will begin to wear out around the same time as well.

If you think your roof is approaching the end of its life, call us at 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com to schedule a free roof inspection.

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What if your roof didn’t just protect your house but also helped power it? That's the idea behind the solar roof, an innovation that's slowly starting to catch on in the United States.

Solar panels on the roof are not a new idea-they've been around for years. But recently some companies are working to make the solar roof more accessible. Solar shingles are a new development that help a solar roof look much more like a regular roof as compared to bulky solar panels.

What are solar shingles?

Solar shingles, also known as “building-integrated photovoltaics” or BIPVs, are designed to make solar roofs more cost-effective and more unobtrusive. There are a few different options on the market from companies like CertainTeed, Forward, SunTegra, and Atlantis. They all function on the same general principle though.

Though some manufacturers have toyed with other technologies, most of the solar shingles are made up of silicon solar cells. Shingles tend to be slightly less energy-efficient than the equivalent square footage in panels, mainly because no air can circulate under the solar cell. They have the benefit of blending in with the regular roof though. Some (including CertainTeed's) can be installed directly onto roofing felt, while others go on top of an existing roof.

What other solar roof options exist?

There are some manufacturers who offer other solar options, too. These include both fixed and flexible solar panels. These are usually slightly cheaper than solar shingles, but they need to be installed on top of an existing roof and directly screwed to the rafters or trusses.

Is it worth the cost?

The answer to that question depends on where you live. Solar roofs are not cheap-they usually come in between three and six dollars a watt. In some states like Massachusetts and California, there are tax credits and incentives that can help offset the cost. There is a 30 percent federal income tax incentive that applies anywhere as well.

Once they're installed, though, they can be surprisingly durable. Most solar tile companies offer a warranty between 25 and 30 years, with some offering an even longer warranty.

If a solar installation were to be damaged by a hail or wind storm, it should be covered by insurance, but it's worth checking with your insurance agent before investing in a solar roof.

Solar roofs in Oklahoma

Land Enterprises Roofing offers solar roof installations for CertainTeed, and we personally have a backup solar system at our house. Here in Oklahoma where wind and sun are common commodities, renewable energy can cut your bills back by a fair amount. In the case of an ice storm or tornado that knocks power out for a couple of days, a solar roof can be a nice alternative to a generator.

If you'd like to learn more about solar roofs, there's an excellent piece on EnergySage that lays out the basics. Interested in discussing a solar roof? Call 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com, and we can see if a solar roof is the right fit for you.

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