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May
04
How to Spot Minor Storm Damage

Severe storms are serious business. These storms are typically at their most intense during the spring months and can cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses. Many times, unfortunately, this damage is caused by tornadoes, high winds, and heavy rains, and is easy to spot. Other times, however, storm damage can be relatively minor and difficult to spot on your roof, home, or business. Even minor damage should be dealt with as quickly as possible, so here are a few tips on what to look for following a storm.


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Hail damage is a very common cause of storm damage in Oklahoma and can range from minor to severe. One way to tell minor damage has been done to your home is to check if your gutters ...


May
04
Creating a Roof Maintenance Plan

Regular roof maintenance is an extremely important part of being a homeowner. Regular maintenance is the best way to get the most for your money, as it extends the life of your roof and prevents expensive problems from popping up. Every homeowner should have a roof maintenance plan in place; here are a few things to include in yours.


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Roof maintenance should be performed at least twice a year, ideally once during the spring and once during the fall. Performing maintenance in the spring and fall will allow you to evaluate your roof and make any necessary repairs following the two most extreme seasons, winter and summer.


If you are able, you should climb up on your roof to perform maintenance. T...


Apr
06
Benefits of Roof Insulation

Insulation in your home is vital to maintaining comfortable temperatures. Not only will you stay more comfortable with sufficient, quality insulation, but you will also have lower energy costs as well. Typically, insulation is found in the walls of your home, but that is not the only place it can be installed. Roof insulation is another option for homeowners seeking more comfort, but what added benefits does roof insulation provide?



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The most common roof insulation forms installed are either fiberglass or spray foam insulation. Fiberglass is the most common form of insulation you will see. However, the spray foam insulation performs better than the fiberglass and it also hardens quickly so pa...


Jan
11
Winter Gutter Maintenance

Now that it has been cold and icy in the Tulsa area, we want to remind you that your gutters perform a critical task in protecting your roof and your home. They help drain water in an efficient way that protects against damage to your roof and your home’s foundation. This is especially critical in the wintertime. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams on your roof, as water is prevented from draining and freezes in its tracks. This can cause water to back up and seep into your roof. Should water overflow your gutters and pool around your foundation, water can seep into cracks and expand as it freezes, leading to even further damage. What, then, is the best way to maintain your gutters du...


Jan
11
Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Leaking roofs can be a big pain for a home or business owner. The time and money required to repair a leaking roof can be a tough pill to swallow. Knowing what signs to look for ahead of time can go a long way in preserving your sanity and your wallet. Here are a few common causes of roof leaks so you can stay ahead of the game.


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One cause of roof leaks in the wintertime is ice dams. Ice dams form when snow or ice melt at the top of your roof and refreeze at the bottom. This prevents the roof from draining properly, and the water can end up in your house. This commonly occurs when gutters are clogged and cannot drain properly.



Poor skylight installation can also cause roof leaks. If the hol...


Nov
16
Poor Weather and Your Roof:

Severe weather impacts just about every part of society. Wind, hail, and snow can all cause damage and even shut down cities. As you can imagine, they can also take a toll on your roof. Here are a few ways weather can impact your roof.


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Strong winds, including tornadoes, can significantly damage your roof. Winds can cause impact damage by blowing debris on your roof, but they can also rip up shingles. Missing shingles can lead to leaks, which can lead to high energy bills and even cause damage to your home.



Hail is one of the most notorious severe weather events that can damage your roof. While large hail can damage the structure of your roof, small hail can tear off granules on the shingles...


Oct
13
Protecting Your Roof from the Sun

Over time, the hot sunshine of Oklahoma can really wear on your roof. In fact, the sun can quicken the aging process of your roof, which means you will have to replace your roof sooner than you expected. Additionally, the constant beating of the sun can cause your shingles to crack, which opens up areas for water to pour through your roof and cause leaks. These cracks can even lead to the erosion of your roof once heavy rain comes. However, not all is lost. You can take precautions to protect your roof from sun damage.



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One way you can protect your roof from sun damage is by coating your roof. Roof coating protects against UV radiation and extends the life of your roof. You can also get wate...


Sep
10
Roof Do's & Don’ts

Roof repairs and maintenance come with the territory when you own a home. Occasionally, you may get the urge to make a repair to your roof or addition to your home. However, some of these urges should not be acted on or should be completed by a professional or you may wind up with significant damage to your home. Here are a few projects we have seen that have caused damage in the past:


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1. Under no circumstance should you install a basketball hoop that attaches to the roof. The ball hitting the hoop can wear down and break the seals loose on your roof, resulting in water damage once it rains.



2. If you own an asphalt shingle roof, avoid power washing your roof. Power washing works great to ri...


Aug
11
How to Increase the Energy-Efficiency of Your Roof

Energy-efficient homes can greatly help the environment and save you money in the process. Having an energy-efficient home starts with your roof, but what should a homeowner be looking for when trying to increase the energy-efficiency of their roof?


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Ventilation:


Ventilation is of great importance to the energy-efficiency of your roof. If your roof is not properly ventilated, hot air has a difficult time escaping your attic during the summer. Ultimately, this increases the temperature of your home as hot air becomes trapped inside your home. When the temperature of your home is elevated, your cooling system has to work extra hard to maintain comfortable temperatures, raising your energy costs....


Aug
11
How to Safely Climb Your Roof

Sometimes, simple roof maintenance requires accessing and climbing out on your roof, putting you in a dangerous situation. However, there are techniques you can use when climbing up your roof that will ensure you safely get the job done.



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1. When heading out on your roof, make sure to make an anchor for yourself by tossing a rope over your roof and anchoring it on the other side. Additionally, purchase and wear a safety harness and attach the rope to the harness instead of tying the rope around your body. This will make sure you are anchored more securely. Finally, do not tug on the rope as you climb the roof. The rope is not there to help you climb your roof, but is there to act as a lifelin...


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