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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 cutters, 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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Meet the team at Land Enterprises Roofing

by: Kirsten Land on November 21st, 2017 about General

Todd Davis

What are you most thankful for this year? Getting to take a vacation with my parents and grandson to Yellowstone and South Dakota on July 4.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? The small business atmosphere, where your opinion makes a difference.

What makes you unique? Keeping up with the young guys and seeing their reaction when they realize my age.

What are your hobbies or interests? Helping out at the race track with my friend’s sprint car and watching OU football and Thunder basketball.

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. When one of our best customers passed away, I took a plant to the family to show our condolences and to let them know that our company was there for them.

Paula Buford

What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the opportunity to not only work with an awesome team at work, but also the opportunity to grow in my faith and do what God has planned for me.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? The family-like atmosphere.

What makes you unique? I love to play the drums in church. I was ordained this year with my church, and I am now the young adult pastor.

What are your hobbies or interests? I love to read books and write while sitting by a body of water or in the mountains.

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. I had one customer that I was able to walk through the entire process, and one year later she called in and wanted me to assist in hooking her scanner up to her computer. She said I helped her so much before, that she thought I would be able to help her now, and I was. She was scanning in no time.

Andrew Gasper

What are you most thankful for this year? I’m thankful for having a career with a company that has such a high standard for doing the right thing. Even before I began working here, they had a great reputation in an industry that usually has a negative image.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? Since it would be weird if I said Heath (inside joke), I will have to say I love how we work hard to make the re-roofing or repair process comfortable for the client.

What makes you unique? Well, since I’m the only millennial in the company, I’d say I’m pretty much a unicorn!

What are your hobbies or interests? Finally, I get to talk about how cool I am!!! My hobbies include eating (a lot!), running, whitewater rafting, fostering, and traveling.

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I do have something I consistently see. I frequently talk with Realtors that have worked with other roofers that are happy to do the big jobs, but those roofers aren’t as helpful or enthusiastic when it comes to the small repairs or inspections. I love the appreciation people show when we’ve helped them out of a jam.

Kirsten Land

What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for many things, including my beautiful sons, Daniel and Evan, and for my ever-supportive and loving husband who is also my best friend. I am also thankful for our wonderful team at Land Enterprises Roofing. Without them, none of our company’s success would have been possible.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? I love working with our team! Together we strive to find better ways to serve our clients, and we have a lot of fun while doing that!

What makes you unique? In my previous career, I was a special education teacher. Everyday I had to use forms and processes to document communication between myself and the parents of my students. I have incorporated a lot of those processes into Land Enterprises to communicate better with our clients and our staff. It keeps us organized and prepared for each job we complete.

What are your hobbies or interests? My boys are 9 and 10, and they are my main focus at this time in my life. I spend a lot of time helping them pursue their interests like piano, karate, baseball, basketball, and school. It was my dream to be a mother, and I am savoring every moment! In my brief free moments to myself, I love learning about fashion and home design. I also love taking pictures and making photo books.

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. After the 2012 hail storm in Edmond, we were working with a lot of homeowners to repair their homes. One client’s mortgage company was holding their insurance funds until the repair was complete (very common when you have a mortgage). The mortgage company had many forms and processes that the homeowner had to fill out and complete. I was familiar with the company and how they operated, so I was able to walk the client through the process to get the funds released in a timely manner. The client still talks about how helpful that was to him.

Heath Clark

What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the time that I get to spend with my wife, son, and foster children. We have been able to take several trips and make lasting memories.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? The team environment. We could not be as successful without a team atmosphere that is always willing to step up and help. Also, when my wife and Paula were able to TOTALLY surprise me at the office for my 40th birthday!! That was awesome and made my day!

What makes you unique? My wife and I have a calling for foster care. We are currently with our sixth and seventh placements. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!

What are your hobbies or interests? Family time, golf, and OSU athletics!

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. A customer had an ongoing issue with a roof leak that several other roofing companies could not solve. We were able to find the leak, solve the problem, and repair the issues all within her budget. We made her problem our priority, and now she can feel confident that she won’t have her roof as an issue anymore.

Brian Land

What are you most thankful for this year? My beautiful wife and my two wild-at-heart boys.

What do you love most about working at Land Enterprises? Our fantastic team, serving our clients, and strategic referral partners in the 405 greater OKC metro! I love the fact that we all get to go home to our families every night!

What makes you unique? I have the best business partner in the universe!

What are your hobbies or interests? Going to my kids’ sporting and school events, dating my wife, playing basketball, and socializing with our friends and neighbors.

Share a favorite but brief story of how you helped a customer. Helping a Realtor who called us for a roof inspection 15 days before closing. We met with the insurance adjuster four days later. We had the roof, gutters, and garage doors completely replaced two days before closing. Three real estate transactions were on the line! Three families celebrated!

 

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Don’t let your roofer void your shingle warranty, part two

by: Kirsten Land on October 17th, 2017 about General

As we discussed in our last blog post, many homeowners aren’t aware that their roofer can potentially void the manufacturer’s shingle warranty if they fail to follow installation specifications.

This is the second article in a two-part series on helping you protect the manufacturer’s warranty on your shingles. Today, we’re reviewing some questions you should be asking your roofer before you sign any contracts.

Manufacturer’s specifications

Shingle manufacturers require their shingles to be installed according to their performance specifications. Each manufacturer provides slightly different specifications, but all are the same in this regard: if the shingle isn’t installed according to specifications, it voids the warranty.

Some of the main things manufacturers require are the number of nails per shingle, the placement of each nail on the shingle, and ventilation. If your roofer fails to follow these specs, say goodbye to the financial protection of the warranty.

Screen your roofer

The scary thing is that many roofers do not install shingles according to the specifications, which could be from ignorance or negligence. Some who are new to the roofing industry may not even be aware of the importance of nail placement and ventilation. Others may be taking shortcuts to save time and budget.

Here are some questions to ask your roofer about their installation process.

  • Have you been certified by the manufacturer of the shingles you’ll be installing on my roof?
  • What other industry certifications do you have?
  • Before I sign a contract, please review with me: (1) What are the manufacturer’s specifications for the ventilation, number of nails per shingle, and placement of the nails? (2) How do you enforce and check on your crews’ adherence to these specifications? (3) What quality control measures do you take?
  • Do you register the warranty information with the manufacturer for us, or do we have to do it ourselves?
  • Is the cost of the warranty covered by you, or do you build into the bill?

Covering all the bases

Proper installation preserves the integrity of the manufacturer’s warranty for you. This is critical, because if the roof is damaged due to a manufacturer’s defect in the shingles, your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover it. And if your roofer has done anything that nullifies the manufacturer’s warranty, then you’re on the hook to pay for the repair.

If you’d like to talk to us about how we install all shingles to meet the manufacturer’s standards and register the warranty on your behalf-without passing the cost of the warranty on to you-give us a call at 405-359-3951. We’d also be happy to inspect your roof for free and look for potential problem areas.

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Don’t let your roofer void your shingle warranty, part one

by: Kirsten Land on October 3rd, 2017 about General

Did you know that how your roofer installs your shingles may affect their warranty?

This is the first article in a two-part series on helping you protect the manufacturer’s warranty on your shingles. We don’t want you to get stuck paying for repairs out of your own pocket. We’ll talk about shingles, the warranties that cover them, and how those warranties can be voided by the way your roofer installs the shingles.

But before we jump into that, it will be helpful to briefly discuss the difference between two methods that insurance companies use to calculate your loss: actual cash value versus replacement cost. It’s a comparison that sheds some light on shingle warranties and how they work.

Actual cash value versus replacement cost

Actual cash value is better for insurance companies and worse for you. It’s calculated by taking the replacement cost and subtracting the depreciation, which means you spend more out-of-pocket money to replace the item. Replacement cost, on the other hand, pays for what it costs to replace the item without figuring depreciation into the equation.

Shingle warranties

So, back to shingle warranties and how they relate to actual cash value and replacement cost. If the roofer installs your shingles properly, it’s like having replacement cost coverage on the shingles. In other words, if there’s a manufacturer’s defect in the shingle that leads to damage, you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket to repair and replace. That’s all on the manufacturer. You’re covered.

However, many roofers do not install shingles according to manufacturer specifications. The number of nails per shingle, the placement of each nail on the shingle, and ventilation all matter. If your roofer fails to follow these specs, it voids your warranty, which can leave you responsible for the cost to repair or replace.

In part two of this series, we’ll look at some questions you should be asking your roofer before you sign any contracts.

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The right ventilation can save your roof

by: Kirsten Land on September 19th, 2017 about General

Does your home have proper roof ventilation? The right ventilation can result in lower electric bills and longer-lasting shingles. Plus, it can save you money in other ways, too.

A Case Study: Our Neighbors

This summer, some of the homeowners in our neighborhood asked us to inspect their houses. No matter how low they set their thermostats, they couldn't get their second-story rooms cool. Sure enough, we discovered that their roofs had inadequate ventilation. We added the proper ventilation, and we recently received this testimonial from Ashley Corbett: ”Just a shout out to Brian Land and Land Roofing. We had them out and they put turbines on the roof. It has made a huge difference in the cooling of the upstairs. It has always been so hot in the past up there we would have to use a portable AC unit. This year we haven’t even turned it on. HUGE difference. Thank you so much.”

The Many Benefits of Ventilation

Proper ventilation goes beyond helping your home stay cool. It can boost energy efficiency, lower electric bills, and increase the lifespan of shingles. In the winter, ventilation is important, too. It allows warm, moist air to escape, which reduces your chances of getting mold and prevents ice dams from forming in your gutters.

Not All Ventilation Is Created Equal

Some types of roof ventilation that seem like they might be a good idea really aren't. We don't recommend ridge vents or power vents for a couple of reasons.

Ridge vents: In areas like Oklahoma where we get wind-driven rain, a storm can blow rain sideways into the ridge vents and cause major leaks in the roof.

Power vents: The power vent, electric or solar, is marketed as being able to keep your attic up to 30 degrees cooler. Allison Bailes at Energy Vanguard outlines the problems with power vents: unless you have a perfectly airtight attic-and virtually no house does-the power vents pull air conditioned air from the house into the attic. This, of course, makes the roof cooler, but only because you're paying to air condition your attic!

Check Your Roof Ventilation

Making sure your house is properly ventilated can help you be more energy efficient and extend the life of your shingles and roof. Like us, many roofers offer free inspections. Call your trusted roofer to see how well ventilated your roof is.

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Does your insurance adjuster know your area’s roofing code?

by: Kirsten Land on August 15th, 2017 about General

Do you know the latest details of the roofing code in your area? Don't worry. Most homeowners can't cite the specific roofing codes that might affect replacing or repairing a roof.

You might be surprised to find out, however, that many insurance adjusters aren't aware of roofing codes either. When it's time to make a claim on your insurance, show your insurance policy to your trusted roofer. Here are three reasons why.

1. Sometimes, adjusters aren't aware of the code.

This isn't a knock on adjusters. It's just an acknowledgment that it can be difficult to stay informed on roofing codes. Think about it: codes can vary from state to state and even city to city. Or they can be changed and revised multiple times in one year.

That's why it's critical to involve your trusted roofer in reviewing your policy. If you suspect damage to your roof, either after a storm or otherwise, call your roofer to come inspect it. Show them your policy when they get there and ask about any roofing code requirements that the insurance company should be aware of. If your roofer knows your policy, they can communicate these specifics to your adjuster.

2. Money is on the line.

In both the short term and long term, adhering to roofing code may save you money. In the short term, when your roofer knows your code, they can work with your adjuster to make sure your policy pays for code-compliant work and materials. In the long term, if you sell your house, you won't have to lower your asking price due to a failed inspection or pay to bring the roof up to code before the house can sell. Also, a roof that meets code is more likely to hold up over time, which can save you money on repairs and deductibles.

3. Even more money is on the line.

Some cities will inspect a project to verify that it meets code. If your newly replaced roof doesn't meet the code requirements because your adjuster was unaware, it could lead to fines and perhaps even the necessity to re-do all that work.

Respect the Code

Share your insurance policy with your roofer so they can help make sure your insurance pays for everything that they're supposed to. We work with homeowners and adjusters to make sure all the paperwork is properly filed. Each insurance company does it differently, and we can help you navigate it. In the end, it's good for you, your bank account, and your roof.

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The pros and cons of solar shingles

by: Kirsten Land on August 1st, 2017 about General

You've probably heard of-and maybe even seen-solar panels. And perhaps you've seen some of the early-version solar shingles that have been developed in recent years.

Many people have been asking us about solar shingles, especially with Tesla launching a new version. These shingles are designed to look like various types of regular shingles so you can't tell the roof is solar. Let's take a quick look at Tesla's solar shingles and review some of the pros and cons.

Overview

Other companies have created solar shingles in recent years, but Tesla's new shingle has a texture and color that makes them look like the materials they were designed to mimic.

For homeowners who have always wanted to go solar but were hesitant because of how the panels and shingles look, that is no longer a worry. Based on the pictures I've seen and the reviews I've read, the Tesla solar shingles look like regular shingles.

Robert Tenent, a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, says, "the aesthetics side of [solar] often gets ignored. Ugly doesn't sell in the building space." If the tiles look cool while delivering performance and durability, Tenent believes they could lead to mainstream adoption of solar roofs.

Pros of new solar shingles

Aesthetics. They look great. From street level, you really can't tell that these are solar cells.

Durability. They have an infinite warranty. Seriously. According to the Tesla website, these tiles are three times stronger than standard roofing tiles and are under warranty for "the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first."

Hail tested. The shingle tiles were tested for the highest (class 4) hail rating. They shot a two-inch hailstone traveling 100 mph at the shingle. No damage. Pretty impressive. (Incidentally, they also shot hail at other standard roofing shingles; they didn't hold up so well.)

Wind and fire rating. For you roof nerds out there, the wind rating of the shingles is Class 4FM ANSI 4473, and the fire rating is Class F ASTM D3161. For you non-nerds, that's another way of saying that they have the highest rating against wind and fire.

Return on investment. Hey, you're going to pay to replace a roof at some point anyway, right? Why not pay for solar shingles and start to get some of that money back through the energy you produce? It may not only reduce your electric bill-in some states, power companies will purchase the surplus energy your solar shingles generate.

Power backup. You have the option to purchase a battery that stores your energy and provides uninterrupted electricity when the grid goes down.

Tax breaks. You can claim a 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit that applies to the cost of the solar tiles and associated solar energy equipment.

Cons of new solar shingles

Cost. This will be one of the biggest obstacles for the average homeowner. Compared to asphalt shingles, these solar cells are the Rolls Royce of shingles.

Moving. What happens if you move? Can you take the shingles with you and have them installed at your new place? If you take your solar shingles, will you have to pay to re-shingle the roof of your old house before anyone will buy it? If you leave the shingles with the old house, can you recoup the value of them? Will it increase your home value?

Specialized installation. You'll need to go through Tesla-owned SolarCity or use a roofer who has been trained in installing these shingles.

Bottom line-are they right for you?

These shingles seem like quality product that will give you the option to go solar while maintaining home aesthetics. However, for the time being, they may be cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner. Regardless, having more options is always a good thing for consumers.

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