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Oklahoma is known for its wild and unpredictable weather. From the wind sweeping down the plains to pouring rain to blazing hot sun to snow and ice, Oklahoma weather can be rough.

We often take for granted the buildings that protect us from the elements. Consider for a minute that your home may be your biggest financial investment and housing your greatest asset. Now consider that your roof is the best protector your home can have. Wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to keep your roof in great shape?

Many new homeowners are under the impression that because they have a brand new roof, they don’t need a maintenance plan. That’s a scary thought! Think about when you buy a new car-you still need to change the oil. If you neglect oil changes, you’ll be stuck on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive. If you want to keep your roof looking new and prevent leaks, you have to maintain it as well.

Can’t I just inspect it myself periodically?

There’s come a point in time where most homeowners realize it’s been a while since they’ve really looked at their roof. While it can be tempting to grab a ladder and check it out, we recommend leaving roof inspections to the professionals. First, they know exactly what they’re looking for in terms of damage or other concerns. Second, they know how to safely navigate the roof.

How do I protect my investment?

Taking care of the small issues before they become large (and expensive) is the best way to protect your investment. A lot can happen to your roof if no one is paying attention. A small issue like a slow leak in the attic can become an emergency when it becomes a major leak and damages priceless belongings.

If a small leak goes undetected for a period of time, it can easily turn to mold and cause your family to become ill. To protect your roof and everything underneath it, every repair is important, no matter how small. If getting to a small issue before it becomes a bigger issue is good, imagine getting to a teeny tiny issue before it becomes even a small issue. That’s even better.

While it’s true that many roofing companies only replace roofs, there are many companies, including Land Roofing, that happily complete repairs of all sizes.

What is a maintenance plan?

Having a maintenance program is a bit like having roof radar. Experienced professionals will be your eyes in the sky looking for any existing or potential issues to protect the overall life of your roof.

A good roof maintenance program should offer twice yearly inspections for damage from environmental factors, like high winds or trees rubbing against your roof. The maintenance program also helps identify and fix any gaps or entry points where animals could burrow into your attic and cause a significant amount of damage.

Our roof maintenance program also qualifies you for discounts on any necessary repairs. We know that small problems can turn into large problems if they aren’t addressed quickly. If you’d like to request a small roof repair or have questions about our maintenance program, give us a call.

Let’s face it-you have a lot of expectations out of life. But you have even more expectations from your roof.

You may not have thought much about it before, but a roof’s job is hard. It’s about so much more than a pretty shingle color to make your house look nice. Yes, we want our homes to look great, but your roof’s job exceeds that. It keeps you dry and warm all while protecting your largest investment-the people under it.

Since most homeowners are not professional roofers, they may not really know what’s over their heads. Hint: it’s much more than just shingles! A roof and a roofing system are significantly different, as we discussed in last month's blog. A roofing system has many layers, each designed with a specific purpose to aid in a long-lasting roof.

Why the process matters

Each roofing manufacturer creates a roofing system, which includes materials specifically designed to work together. The manufacturer has high expectations for their product. To ensure their product is efficient and lasts, the system must be installed properly.

The manufacturer offers trainings and literature to contractors who will be installing their roofing system. After a contractor has completed the certification, the manufacturer offers a warranty on the roofs that the contractor installs. This process ensures that you as a homeowner are receiving the best materials possible, constructed in the most efficient manner possible, with a lifetime warranty just in case it’s needed.

That is what I call protecting your assets!

Make sure you’re protected

When your home needs a new roof, how do you decide who will install the roof? Do you call a couple of friends and head to Lowe’s or Home Depot? That sounds dangerous. Do you call an on-the-side roofing crew a friend recommended? Hopefully not. Although your friends are great, they are not certified.

Choosing a roofing company that offers certified contractors ensures that they know how to apply each individual layer of the roofing system properly. Each layer-and each system-has different application methods, and if it’s not done right, it could void the warranty. Even worse, an improperly installed roof could put you at risk. Make sure you protect your greatest investment by choosing a certified contractor to install your roof.

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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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What’s the process if my roof is damaged?

by: Kirsten Land on January 2nd, 2018 about Insurance, Residential Roofing

When a roof sustains damage from a storm, it’s usually not the only thing damaged. Hail and high winds can also cause damage to your gutters, siding, garage door, exterior paint, and more. Sometimes roof damage results in leaks that affect the interior of your home, too.

We work with customers to make sure that everything possible is covered under their insurance claim. It’s simply part of our process, but that process can sometimes confuse people if they haven’t been through it before.

Here are the three basic steps in our process.

Meet with you and inspect your roof

When a storm hits, you may be tempted to call your insurance company and report it. However, it’s actually to your benefit to call a trusted roofing company first. When someone calls us, we come out and inspect the roof and confirm if you have damage.

If there’s no damage, you won’t need to file a claim. If there is damage, we can gather all the necessary details about the location and degree of damage, plus what it will take to replace your roof and repair other damaged areas.

If you’ve already called your insurance company and started the claim, that’s fine, too. We can pick up from there and help you through the rest of the process.

Help you file the insurance claim

Your insurance company is going to have lots of questions about the extent of the damage to your roof and what condition it was in prior to the storm. In most cases, they’ll want to send an adjuster out to inspect the roof as well. When that happens, we can meet with your adjuster and, if they’re okay with it, join them on the roof during the inspection to point out what we see.

Some people may feel a little uncomfortable handing their insurance claim details and contact information over to a roofing company, but we recommend it because we want to help as best we can, and we need to know all the details.

In many cases, we may find additional damage that needs to be addressed once we start working on the roof. If we already have the insurance information, we can quickly get that damage added to the claim.

Take care of every piece of the job

Not every roofing company is also a general contractor, so be sure to ask some questions about what scope of work they provide before you sign a contract. If you hire a company that only does roofing, you’ll be responsible for finding a contractor to replace gutters, paint the exterior, fix any interior damage, and do any other repairs that may be needed.

As a general contractor, we can handle every aspect of the job for you and ensure your house is restored to its original condition. It saves the customer a lot of time and effort, and it reduces the risk of having an unqualified contractor work on your home. We only select subcontractors from our trusted partners, so we know they do quality work and have all the appropriate licensing in place.

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How a roof maintenance program can save you money

by: Kirsten Land on December 5th, 2017 about Residential Roofing

When considering whether to invest in a roof maintenance program, many homeowners think they don’t need it because they don’t have any tree limbs near their roof. But tree limbs aren’t the only roof hazards that can cause major problems. When it comes to roof maintenance, having an expert set of eyes regularly on your roof can save you lots of money.

The case of the mysterious gutter flood

One of our clients who had enrolled in our maintenance program called us to come inspect their roof. Their gutters were clogged and creating waterfalls with every heavy rainstorm, which was flooding their storm shelter. They thought new gutters might be necessary.

When we went to the house, we couldn’t find anything wrong at first. There were no trees near the roof. The gutters had no visible debris in them, and they weren’t cracked or leaking. We eventually found the culprit: an empty 20-ounce Dr. Pepper bottle wedged in the downspout. Once we removed the bottle, the gutters worked as they should.

Drones, nests, and other random hazards

Dr. Pepper bottles aren’t the only strange things we’ve found clogging gutters. This year, we found a crashed drone in a downspout. We’ve also come across various animal nests and creatures. Last year, we spooked a copperhead from a downspout.

Toys and tennis balls also find their way into gutters on a regular basis. And when fireworks go up, sometimes their remains come down into gutters.

Whether by human hands, high winds, or creatures, a variety of debris can block your gutters. A regular roof maintenance program will, however, help your gutters stay clear.

Avoiding insurance problems

In another instance, we were called to inspect a roof that was denied insurance until some identified issues were fixed: loose nails and cracked seals and vent boots. If this homeowner had a roof maintenance program, those issues could have been spotted and easily fixed before they delayed insurance coverage.

Once we were there to repair the nails and seals, we discovered that the roof didn’t have adequate ventilation. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, poor ventilation can lead to many problems with your roof. It’s one more thing that a roof maintenance program would’ve identified before it could cause problems.

Roof maintenance is similar to car maintenance

Think of your roof as you would think of your vehicle. You give your car regular maintenance to prevent small problems from becoming bigger problems: oil changes, fluid checks, tune ups, air filter changes-the list goes on. If you don’t spend $30 to change your oil today, you’ll end up spending thousands on a new engine tomorrow.

If you treat your roof with the same level of care and caution, you can help it last longer and save yourself money over time.

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As spring turns into summer, now’s the perfect time to do a few simple chores that will prepare your home and yard for warmer weather and spending time with friends and family.

Yard

With summer parties, barbecues, and kids running around, your yard will see a lot of foot traffic. Treat it right, and it will treat you, your family, and friends right.

First, start by removing thatch (decaying plant material that accumulates on your lawn). Feed it with fertilizer and water it (a weekly deep irrigation is typically best). Mow it frequently in the spring-that can help make the roots stronger.

Pool and trampoline

Have a pool? Clean it and treat it for the swim season. And if you have a trampoline, be sure to tie it down as a precaution for high-wind storms.

A friend of mine did not secure their trampoline, and when a spring storm hit, the trampoline took off like a kite. It ended up halfway through their neighbor’s roof. Yikes!

Fence and furniture

Repair any wobbly posts or broken slats on your fence. Also, wash the winter grime off your lawn and patio furniture.

Roof

Remove any leaves, sticks, and debris that have accumulated and possibly blocked your gutters. Trim back tree limbs that have grown close to the roof. That way, they won’t rub on your roof and damage shingles or gutters, or provide a pathway for critters to get on your roof (and possibly into your home!).

Time to play!

A little time preparing can make your home and yard places where you can play and relax all season long. And if you happen to need someone to help you with cleaning out the gutters and trimming back tree limbs, give us a call. Because we want you to have a terrific, relaxing summer!

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We frequently get called out to repair or replace roofs that were damaged after severe storms. High winds and hail-those are two things you never want to see in a forecast.

But, weather happens.

What can you do to protect your home from potentially damaging storms? One way is to fortify your roof and your home. Here’s what that looks like.

The FORTIFIED Home™ Program

Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s certainly true when it comes to protecting your home.

And that’s the philosophy behind the creation of the FORTIFIED Home™ program by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).

FORTIFIED Home™ construction standards and techniques can help make your home more resistant to damage from a variety of severe weather conditions-everything from hurricanes and tropical storms to hailstorms, high winds, and wind-driven rain associated with thunderstorms.

Those last three sound pretty familiar around here, right?

Three Levels of Protection

There are three levels of FORTIFIED Home™ designations available-Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Bronze

The FORTIFIED Home™ Bronze level addresses the roof system. Upgrades reduce wind and water entering the attic through the roof covering and vents.

Silver

In addition to the roof system addressed in the Bronze level, the FORTIFIED Home™ Silver level addresses windows, doors, and attached structures.

Gold

After the roof, openings (windows and doors), and attached structures have been addressed, the FORTIFIED Home™ Gold level ties the house together by connecting the roof to the walls to the floors to the foundation, so your fortified home acts as one system in a storm.

What would it take to fortify your home?

Land Roofing is certified in the FORTIFIED Home™ program. We have built and installed fortified roofs for customers and for Habitat for Humanity.

If you’d like to set up a free consultation to find out more about the FORTIFIED Home™ program (especially your roof’s level of severe weather protection), give us a call at (405-359-3951).

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Spotting springtime leaks in your roof and gutters

by: Kirsten Land on April 18th, 2017 about Residential Roofing

April showers bring May flowers. They also bring something else: the chance for you to check your gutters and your roof for leaks.

Checking your gutters

Our house doesn’t have much guttering, and what it does have is leaky. Your gutters may have leaks, too. But how would you know? When it’s raining, the natural impulse is to head indoors and wait for the sun to come back out.

This month when it rains, grab your umbrella and head out to inspect your gutters. (Unless there happens to be lightning, of course!)

Why does this matter? In our house, the poor guttering leads to cascades of water that tear up the landscaping and ground around our house. It turns into a muddy mess. What’s more, it can also be a threat to the foundation.

So be sure to check your gutters this month. You’ll want to know where any potential foundation threats are, and you may find issues significant enough that you’ll want to have your gutters repaired.

Checking your roof

I was at my mother’s house in Houston a few months ago. I happened to go into her attic during a rainstorm. While I was getting what my mom wanted, I kept hearing this drip-drip-drip sound.

I tracked it down. It was a leak coming from the roof and dripping onto a plastic storage bin. This was fortunate for three reasons.

First, I wouldn’t have discovered it without the tell-tale sound.

Second, if the box hadn’t been there, it would have been dripping right into the insulation or onto a cardboard box that held precious keepsakes. The insulation, ceiling material, and keepsakes could all have been ruined.

Finally, an undiscovered leak creates the perfect breeding ground for mold.

Needless to say, my mom and I both were happy that I happened to be in the attic while it was raining.

During one of the rainstorms this month, head up into your attic and bring a flashlight if you need to. See if you can spot any leaks that you can proactively address this spring.

Take a rain check

A rainy day is great time to try to spot leaks in your gutters and attic.

As always, if you see something that worries you or that you have a question about, give us call. We’ll come out for free to take a look.

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Let your roof breathe

by: Kirsten Land on August 2nd, 2016 about Residential Roofing

Roof ventilationWe often work on roofs that have been improperly ventilated. This happens for any number of reasons, but there are some common issues that occur whenever a roof isn’t ventilated enough.

It’s important to have adequate ventilation in your roof, though, because excess moisture in your roof can cause mold, mildew, or dry rot to develop. Preventing airflow between your attic and outside could also trap harmful chemicals and physical particulates, which then stay in your home instead of exiting through ventilation.

And in some cases, if your roof isn’t ventilated properly, that could void the manufacturer’s warranty for your roof. There are three main types of roof ventilation we come across on a regular basis in Oklahoma. You’ll probably notice your home has one of these types.

Passive vents: These vents are large and round, and, as you’d guess by the name, passively let air ventilate as needed. These are the best option for most homes.

Turbine vents: A turbine vent is necessary if your home has a hip roof or a pyramid-style roof. These are the vents that often look like a silver mushroom or chef’s hat.

Power vents: These vents run off electricity. We don’t usually recommend them, though. It’s hard to tell when a power vent has stopped working, which means that moisture or minor damage may go unnoticed for a while, creating larger issues down the road. Because there’s no roof ventilation while these vents aren’t working, that will create damage to your roof over time.

If your roof isn’t ventilated properly, you may notice mold or mildew in your attic, or the structural effects of too much moisture: shingles that are cracked or curling, or even roof decking that is soggy or spongy to the touch.

If you’re concerned that your attic may not have adequate ventilation and want a professional to come have a look at it, we’re happy to help. We can check to see if you have enough ventilation in your roof. If you decide you want to install ventilation, we can help with that as well.

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Be careful when you DIY!

by: Kirsten Land on May 17th, 2016 about Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice

Homeowner doing roof repairLots of people love to be handy around the house. It gives you a sense of satisfaction and can save you money in the short term. But if it’s something that’s dangerous or requires special training, consider doing a risk analysis before attempting it.

Imagine this: you’re trying to save money, so you decide to clean out your own gutter in the spring. It’s not a huge expense, but it’s money in your pocket if everything goes well.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t always go well. Especially when you’re working on the roof of your house, there’s a huge danger of falling. There are a host of dangers if you fall off your roof, but we don’t need to go straight to the worst-case scenario.

Let’s say you fall off your roof and break your arm. To fix it, you’ll need surgery and physical therapy. It might make work difficult for you in the future, and if it doesn’t set properly the first time, you’re in for more medical bills.

Sometimes, cheap can be expensive.

Doing projects around the house is great, but it’s important to consider your skill and comfort level before starting a project. Professionals are well-trained and it’s often cheaper for them to do something than for you to do it yourself and injure yourself.

I can’t speak for other roofing companies, but I know our practices. Our roofers are great at their jobs and know how to handle any unexpected circumstances safely. They’ll be able to explain to you what they’re doing, and if they discover further issues with your roof, they can help you create a plan for moving forward.

We have several subcontractors that we work with who are insured and whose work we trust; if one of our roofers finds an issue with your roof during routine maintenance, rest assured that we will help you resolve it with the least stress possible to you.

There’s nothing wrong with working on your own home. But if you come across a project that seems risky, consider working with a trusted professional to make sure you and your house are in good shape when the project’s done.

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