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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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Lights! Christmas! Action!

by: Kirsten Land on December 4th, 2018 about General

It’s that time of year, and the holiday season is upon us. If you haven’t already, now is the time to hang the lights, blow up the snowmen, and really show your neighbors who has the most holiday spirit! But before you get started, here are a few things to remember.

1. Measure what you need

If you are in a new home or are planning different decorations than previous years, you will want to get out a tape measure and make sure you have what is necessary to fill the space. Look at where the lights will be hung and ask yourself what kind of clips would be best.

Maybe you want to wrap a tree or bush in lights this year. A rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot and a half of tree. So a six-foot-tall tree would need 400 lights on the strand. You could also invest in net lights for the bushes and shrubs and just drape the lights over the top.

2. Get the right color

Not all lights look the same. White LED bulbs tend to shine blue while white incandescent bulbs look more yellow. Match what you already have if you need to buy more. You can also mix the color of lights you’re hanging. For example, all the gutter lights on your home could be white icicle lights while all the trees or bushes are multicolored.

3. Safety

This is probably the most important tip. Stay safe!

  • Follow proper safety precautions when using a ladder.
  • When using lights outdoors, only use lights rated for outdoor use. It should be clearly marked on the packaging.
  • Aways use UL-approved extension cords for outdoor use. Never use any lights or cordage with fraying or exposed wires.
  • Turn off your lights during the day and when you’re out of town.

When putting your design together, go into it with a plan. Start at a focal point, like the front door or the walkway leading to it, and spread out evenly from there. Don’t forget to have fun with it!

If you notice any potential issues on your roof while you are decorating, give us a call at 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com for a free inspection or estimate.

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Choosing the right ladder for the job

by: Kirsten Land on November 6th, 2018 about General

Do you have a tall job ahead of you? Make sure you have the right equipment to get up to the task. The good news is there are plenty of styles and sizes of ladders to choose from.

Using the right tool for the job makes everything easier and safer. Be sure to keep these things in mind when choosing a ladder.

Style

Single-section ladders are the traditional, two-legged ladders that are placed on flat ground and leaned against a structure. They tend to be the lightest and longest ladders for any given size. Both legs should be placed on flat, solid ground, and the top of the ladder should lean forward one foot for every four feet of height. That means a twelve-foot ladder should be placed three feet away from the surface it’s leaned against.

The stepladder is basically a single-section ladder that has two extra legs built in to allow the ladder to stand on its own. Self-supporting ladders are great for changing lightbulbs or other jobs in open areas where there’s not a flat surface to lean the ladder against.

An extension ladder is basically a single-section ladder stacked on top of another single-section ladder. One ladder acts as the base while the other slides up and hooks into place to add extra height to the ladder.

Telescopic ladders are a convenient way to reduce storage space. It works, as it sounds, like the mechanism in a telescope or spyglass. Sections between each rung lock into place as they are pulled out of the larger section below it.

Articulated or multi-function ladders do it all. Multi-function ladders have locking joints that allow it to be used as a single-section ladder, a stepladder of varied angles, or a sawhorse that can be used as a support for scaffolding.

Size

Your ladder should be taller than where your feet need to be. In other words, you should be able to reach what you’re doing without being on the top step of your ladder. As soon as you are unable to grab the ladder or lean against it, you lose most of your stability and balance.

Extension ladders have a recommended stopping point of four rungs from the top. The top of the ladder should also extend at least three feet above the support holding the ladder up. Remember that the ladder is also being leaned forward which will reduce the total height.

Never stand on the top rung of a ladder! Always follow the instructions included with/on the ladder, such as the required overlap for extension ladders.

Strength

Ladders are rated for load capacity of bodyweight and any materials carried up the ladder. If a person weighs 200 pounds and carries 50 pounds of clothing, safety equipment, tools, and construction materials up the ladder with them, they will need a ladder that can support at least 250 pounds.

The strength scale is as follows, and every ladder should be clearly labeled with the type and weight limit:

  • Type III – 200 pounds
  • Type II – 225 pounds
  • Type I – 250 pounds
  • Type IA – 300 pounds
  • Tye IAA – 375 pounds

Material

Ladders are made of aluminum, steel, wood, or fiberglass, with varying strength and durability for each material. Wood and fiberglass do not conduct electricity and may be used around electrical cabling and equipment.

Ladders can bring you much closer to hard-to-reach places and help you accomplish necessary tasks, but they can also pose a significant risk of injury if used incorrectly. Be sure to follow all safety precautions when using a ladder and contact a professional when necessary.

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The winter-ready roof checklist

by: Kirsten Land on October 2nd, 2018 about General

Is your home ready for winter? Before the weather starts to get cold, it’s a good idea to take a look at the state of your roof. Snow, ice, and tree branches could be in the forecast for your roof.

Here are some simple steps to follow to see if the top of your house is in tip-top shape.

Clean it

The first step you can take is to clear your roof of any debris, leaves, and twigs. This keeps the gutters from filling up and causing damage to the siding from excess weight. Go ahead and clean out the gutters as well. When gutters fill up with debris, they can damage a home and create unnecessary hazards. In the winter months, rain, snow, and ice will be falling on the roof. When the precipitation runs over the gutter instead of down the drain, dangerous icicles can form along the edge of a roof.

Examine it

After the roof has been cleaned, take a close look to see if it has sustained any damage. Watch out for frayed edges, lifting and curling shingles and flashing, and any missing shingles or bare spots you think shouldn’t be there. These problem areas can allow leaks, and it’s best to repair them before major damage occurs.

Go ahead and check the surrounding area for any potential threats like dead branches or a high concentration of overhanging trees, too. Most Oklahomans know what happens to trees in an ice storm, so be sure to keep branches trimmed back away from your roof.

Tune it

It is about to be very cold outside, and you won’t want all that cold coming inside your home. Check that your vents are clear and that you have a well-insulated attic. Depending on what kind of insulation you have, your roof may need anywhere from 14 to 18 inches. Older homes tend to require more insulation as well, so it is important to get a professional opinion.

In addition to these steps, you should also learn about possible winter threats like ice dams, sideways rain, and strong winds. Ice dams cause a similar issue to clogged gutters, but in this case the gutter is full of ice and can cause leaks in your roof. Strong winds and sideways rain can lift up edges and allow water inside the roof.

If you are concerned about your roof, Land Enterprises Roofing offers a free roof inspection. We also offer preventative maintenance plans for both residential and commercial roofs. For more information, email info@landroofingokc.com.

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Summer home maintenance checklist

by: Kirsten Land on August 21st, 2018 about General

Summer is rapidly drawing to a close, which means it’s a good time to make sure you’ve completed your summer home maintenance tasks. Before we know it, fall will be here, which means cooler temperatures but shorter days. Take advantage of the extra sunlight now to complete these tasks.

Inspect and touch up exterior paint

Check any painted wood or siding on your home for chipping, peeling, or flaking. The typically dry weather makes it a good time to paint, although be sure to check the paint label for any restrictions on temperature or sun exposure during application. A fresh coat of paint can improve curb appeal and protect your home from weather exposure.

Wash your windows

As temperatures cool off in fall, you may want to open your windows to let in some sunlight and some air. You’ll enjoy that fresh air and sunlight even more with clean windows. Be sure to wash your window screens, too. After all, what good are clean windows if you’re still looking through a dirty screen?

Seal window and door drafts

A broken or missing seal around windows or doors lets summer heat and winter cold in your home, which means you’re paying more than you should for energy. Grab some caulk or weather stripping and increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Clean your dryer vent

It’s amazing the amount of lint that can get clogged in a dryer vent, but most people rarely clean them. A clogged dryer vent can increase drying time, increase the humidity in your home, and increase your risk of a house fire.

Check your roof for damage and clean any debris

As temperatures cool down, animals begin to seek shelter anywhere they can find it. And if the soffits or other areas of your roof are damaged, those critters are going to find their way into your attic. Check your roof for any damaged areas and clean any debris, or call us to ask about your roof maintenance plan so we can check it for you.

Enjoy the final days of summer!

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Preparing for a disaster before it happens

by: Kirsten Land on April 3rd, 2018 about General

The people of Oklahoma are no stranger to disasters. From tornadoes to flooding to fires and more, these disasters can have a significant impact on individuals and businesses. A disaster can break a business, and it can create a lot of stress for homeowners.

Here are some key things to consider both for your business and your home to be better prepared.

Know your risk

What sort of risk does your business or home face? In Oklahoma, storm damage from winter or spring storms is a definite risk. Other risk factors include flooding, earthquakes, and proximity to hazardous materials. Then, of course, there are those things you don’t think will happen, such as a natural gas explosion or even an act of terrorism.

Take some time to really think about the types of things that could impact your business or your home. It’s not fun to think about, but it’s an important part of being prepared.

Review your coverage

When it comes to recovering from a disaster, your insurance coverage matters. We’ve seen both commercial and residential customers who had insufficient coverage end up paying a significant amount of money out of pocket for a new roof. Or, they end up paying out of pocket for flood damage. Most standard policies don’t cover flood or earthquakes, so be sure to talk to your insurance agent about what your coverage includes.

When you get your renewal policy every year, read through it and make sure your coverage looks good. Ask your agent if anything has changed from the prior policy. Yes, it’s a thick stack of paper (or a long document to read on the computer), but knowing what’s covered and how to file a claim can save you time and lots of money after a disaster. Businesses may also want to ask about business continuity coverage, which can help cover the cost of business disruptions and lost revenue.

Photograph and protect belongings

Your insurance policy should protect both your home or office and the contents inside, but that process is much easier if you know what was inside. Take pictures of your home or office and the contents to document items that insurance will need to replace. It's also a good idea to note serial numbers and appraisal value for more expensive items. Store irreplaceable items and documents plus your photos in a fireproof safe or at an off-site location.

Before each storm season, clean out your storm shelter and stock it with necessary supplies, such as a flashlight, personal size fan, drinking water, and a radio. Be sure to register your storm shelter with your city or county so that first responders know to check it in the event of a disaster.

Have a plan

There are a couple of different plans that can be helpful, including a disaster plan and a business continuity plan. A disaster plan can be helpful for a business and a home, as it details what should happen in the event of a disaster. If a disaster occurs and your high school students can’t safely make it back home, where should they go? What escape route should each person take if a fire occurs at home? Where do you keep copies of your insurance policy and account numbers for access if your office is hit by a tornado? These are the types of questions to address in a disaster plan.

For a business continuity plan, the focus is on the impact to your business and what steps are necessary to continue operating at some level following a disaster. Your business continuity plan should include key contact information for all employees, as well as procedures for contacting customers and suppliers following a disaster. It should also include information on how to access necessary files and computer systems, which should be backed up in the cloud or offsite in case of a disaster.

If you don’t have a current disaster plan and business continuity plan, now is the time to spend some time pulling the plan together before a disaster strikes. You can find additional tips for creating an emergency kit on the ready.gov website.

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A roof is more than just the shingles. A roof includes (or at least should include) ventilation, insulation, an ice and water barrier, a felt underlayment, and then the shingles. But not all of those things are created equal!

A roofing system is when all of the components and layers are produced by the same manufacturer and are specifically designed and tested for quality together. Having exceptional consistency and quality in your roofing system is the best way to ensure your roof will last.

Many manufacturers offer a complete roofing system, and contractors can become certified in the various systems. That means they’ve gone through training, learned about the products, and know exactly how that roofing system should be installed.

It’s not uncommon to see new roofing crews pop up after a storm in Oklahoma, and many of them use a pieced together approach of products purchased at the local hardware store. While some of those products do come with a manufacturer’s warranty, it won’t be nearly as strong as the warranty on a roofing system. Also, if any part of the roof is installed improperly, it could void the warranty.

Each roofing system ensures proper ventilation for the roof. It’s amazing the number of roofs we see that aren’t properly ventilated! Attics get hot, especially in the summer in Oklahoma. Proper ventilation helps your shingles and other roof materials last much longer in the Oklahoma heat.

Other weather factors we face in Oklahoma are heavy rain in the spring and freezing rain in the winter. The cohesive design of a roofing system helps ensure your roof doesn’t leak by placing ice and water shields in the proper areas. Plus, the multiple layers of the roof work together to create a high-quality seal that keeps water out of your house.

One really important part of the roofing system warranty, though, is making sure it’s transferred properly when the house changes hands. If you’re buying a house with a relatively new roof, be sure to get all the necessary warranty paperwork before closing.

Some companies only allow 30 days to file the warranty transfer. If a house has only sold once, it might be possible to get it transferred after that. But for houses that have changed hands many times, it’s much harder to get a warranty to cover something if not properly transferred to new owners.

If it’s time to replace your roof, be sure to ask your roofing company what roofing systems they use and what level of certification they have for those systems. It can save you time and money in the long run!

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