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When should you replace roof insulation?

by: Kirsten Land on September 3rd, 2019 about Residential Roofing

Your home needs insulation. It is part of what goes into making a home comfortable to live in. If you want to have a healthy house, you will need to know a little bit about insulation or at least when you should go about replacing old materials.

Energy costs

In basic terms, insulation in a roof or attic helps your home hold in warm air in the winter and blocks out hot air in the summer. Not only does this make your home stay at the right temperature, but it also keeps your heat and A/C from working too hard and raising your energy bill.

If you always seem to be running up a large tab with the energy company, check and see if your appliances are constantly running. It may be a sign that they are having to work too hard due to inefficient insulation. One way to tell for sure is to have an HVAC professional run an energy audit on your home. 

What's in the attic?

Maybe a more obvious reason to replace insulation is when an animal has worked its way inside your attic. Rodents especially are great at making a big mess by tearing up insulation and leaving droppings all over the place.

Mold and mildew are high on the list of signs you need to replace insulation as well. If insulation is not working properly, an attic can store moist air rather than circulating it, leaving a home collecting water and growing harmful substances like mold.

Both mold and animals in the attic can be the cause of mysterious allergies or breathing issues. 

How much insulation to have

Insulation has a measurement for its resistance to allow heat flow through called an r-value. So if you have cellulose insulation with an r-value per inch of 3.5, you will need at least 11 inches of insulation to meet the minimum recommendation of R-38 for your home's attic. The recommended r-value divided by the r-value per inch of your insulation will tell you how many inches you need. Of course, a roofing professional can help you determine the right amount for your home as well.

A great time to check your insulation is right now! Another opportunity is whenever you are getting roof work done. If you are going to be checking on the roof or attic, you might as well have a look at the insulation that's keeping your home running effectively. And if your home is 30-40 years old and you don't think the insulation has ever been replaced, look into having that done soon.

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

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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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How long should a good roof last?

by: Kirsten Land on July 16th, 2019 about General

 A good roof has the potential to last for decades. Some metal, tile, and slate roofs can last for over 50 years. A shingle roof may last only half that at 25 years.

So what factors into the lifespan of a roof?

Weather

As you may have expected, weather-especially Oklahoma weather-can cause serious damage to a roof at any point in time. While you normally could expect a shingle roof to last longer than the average person owns a home, extreme weather conditions can lead to a much shorter lifespan.

In addition, temperature changes from hot to cold and back again make shingles more likely to chip, crack, and peel. High winds lift and remove shingles. And excess moisture and drying lead to similar issues. 

Material

Different roofing materials have different expected lifespans. While the lower end is probably closer to what you should count on, if conditions are prime they can last as long as the manufacture guarantees.

Here are the expected lifespans of some common roofing materials:

  • Asphalt and composite shingles – 15 to 50 years
  • Clay and concrete – 50 to 100 years
  • Metal – 25 to 50 years
  • Shake – 20 to 40 years
  • Slate – 50 to 100 years

Warranty

The warranty on your roof typically only applies to manufacturing issues. If the materials used are faulty, then the life of the roof will be shorter, but the supplier will allow the roof to be replaced at their expense. It’s important to note that they only do this if the homeowner can prove the roof had a proper maintenance plan.

Warranties are not insurance. Talk to your insurer and review your policy to learn what is covered by your insurance. If you ever have any issues with your roof, we can talk to your insurance provider for you!

If you’re ready to learn more about Land Enterprises Roofing and how we may be a good fit to install or maintain your roof, please reach out.

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Can fireworks damage your roof?

by: Kirsten Land on July 2nd, 2019 about General

 The fireworks industry in America is a billion dollar market. With that much money being spent on pyrotechnics, it should be no surprise so many people are wondering, “Is my roof safe from fireworks?” The short answer is both yes and no.

Modern roofing materials are designed to be fire resistant. Some commercial roofs use tar and fire to set each layer properly. Residential roofing like shingles, metal, and slate are generally safe.

However, there are still a few situations that can lead to fires up on your roof.

Debris

Before setting off any firecrackers, it is a good idea to make sure you don’t have any leaves or branches gathered anywhere on your roof. Get a sturdy ladder and check your gutters as well. Dead leaves and branches are very dry and therefore have potential to act like fire magnets when sparks are falling from the sky.

You should also look into trimming back any overhanging branches. Dead branches can still be attached to living trees and pose the same threat to your roof.

Safety tips

If you are setting off your own fireworks, here are a few things to remember. First, set your fireworks on a flat, stable surface. Second, aim projectiles away from your house. Third, don’t shoot any fireworks off during a ban. Finally, you can always find out if there is a public show going on near you and attend that instead of setting off your own fireworks.

Stay safer during fireworks season by following those basic tips.

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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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