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Tips for Keeping Your Skylight Healthy and Bright!

justin brotton - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Skylights are great for allowing natural light and warmth into a room, thereby reducing energy costs. But how durable are skylights? And do you need to perform routine maintenance to help them last?

Fortunately, most skylights are built for longevity, and angled to avoid pooling of water. Rain usually keeps them clean on the outside, but the inside is your job. Cleaning once every couple of months will do the trick and can be achieved with a long handled cleaning tool. Avoid cleaning them with household cleaners, as the chemicals can interfere with the protective film that keeps it strong and free of cracks.

While skylights are built to withstand weather elements, they are not foolproof, and can leak.

If your skylight is older, or has an aluminum or painted steel frame, then you need to check it every so often for wear and tear. A good rule of thumb, is to have your skylight checked when you do your yearly ‘roof health’ inspection. If you roof has damage from weather, then you can bet your skylight may have issues, as well.

If you discover cracks or leaks in your skylight, have a roofing expert determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Leaking skylights can cause water to drain into your walls (causing mold growth) and under your shingles (causing wood rot).

A skylight can be a beautiful, and beneficial feature for your home. Fortunately, they are extremely low-maintenance and durable. Add skylight maintenance to your yearly ‘to do’ list to and you will be able to enjoy their natural light for many years!

 

For more information please go to www.okroofing.net

Should I Repair or Replace My Fence?

justin brotton - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Like their owners, fences weather and age over time. And while we don’t have to stay outside 24/7, our fences do. Therefore, they are subject to rain, snow, wind, sun and soil shifts. If you are trying to decide whether to repair or replace your fence take the following factors into consideration:

  • How old is your fence? If your fence is over five years old, you should do a quick inspection every six months or so. Tug on the panels and posts to see how well they hold up. Do they lean or shift?
  • Are any boards warping or splintering? If so, mark these boards with a red sharpie to note their need for repair.
  • Are the bottom of your fence panels beginning to rot from insects or moisture? A little deterioration is acceptable; a lot of deterioration is not.
  • Are your panels pulling away from the posts? As wood begins to deteriorate, the nails loosen within the board or post causing the panel to lean and eventually fall.
  • Are the posts beginning to rot or loosen within the ground? This is a good indication your posts may need to be replaced or reset. If the post is salvageable, then you can reset it, but it needs to be in excellent condition. If it shows any splintering, then just replace it. You might also consider a steel post option instead of traditional wood.

In evaluating your fence, take a good look at the structure as, a whole. If more than 25% of the fence needs to be repaired, then it’s a good idea to go for an entire replacement. Fences do have lifespans, and if your fence is quite old, it might be it’s time to go.

If the posts are healthy and still have solid footing, then you can just replace the panels. This is a less expensive option. But remember, the posts are the supports for your fence, so if they are deteriorating, you can bet the panels are too. Time to replace instead of repair. If you determine your fence only has a few weak spots, then call in a reputable fence company to make the repairs and further the life expectancy of your fence.


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Can A Weather Radio Save Your Life?

justin brotton - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

There is nothing more important than staying informed during a severe weather situation. But what happens when your electricity goes out? Or you must take sanctuary in your storm shelter? This is when a weather radio becomes a ‘must have’ tool. It provides a critical link to the outside world, and keeps you up to date on possible dangerous situations.

But what exactly is a weather radio and how does it differ from a normal radio?

A true weather radio is serviced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and issues updates on current or upcoming weather events and other emergencies. Alerts such as natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes and other public service emergencies are a comprehensive part of the NWR alert system. In conjunction with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System, NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, allowing it to be a comprehensive source for weather and emergency information.

Weather radios can’t be picked up on normal AM/FM transmissions because they operate on their own set of VHF frequencies. Certain weather radios have a Specific Alert Message Encoding (SAME) that will break through normal radio broadcasts to issue an alarm. Special features also allow you to specify your location for more accurate broadcasts. Weather ‘alert’ radios have the ability to remain silent until a programmed alert is issued.

While most weather radios can be powered by electricity, they do have a backup battery system. Therefore, batteries should always be in your emergency kit. Another popular feature, is the hand-crank generator. This allows the radio to stay powered in case of electrical or battery failure.

While radios may seem old fashioned, a true weather radio is a critical tool for possible emergencies. Inexpensive, small and portable, a weather radio can be your best friend. And yes, it can save your life!

 

For more information please go to http://www.okcshelters.net/
 

Three Facts About Roof Turbines That You Should Know

justin brotton - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

Roof turbines aren’t decoration for your roof, but are components of a passive ventilation system that greatly benefits your home. Here are three important facts you should know:

 

  1. Roof turbines pull humid air from the inside of your attic and release it outdoors. By removing attic moisture, turbines reduce the risk of mold, mildew and wood rot. Without turbines, moisture from the home can drift into the attic space and condense on the framing of the roof and beneath the sheathing. In winter, if this situation increases, frost can actually build inside the attic.
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  1. Newer turbines are made of aluminum, and are mostly rust and tarnish resistant. However, flying debris, large hail or heavy winds can damage the turbine and interfere with their function. If you here a rattle on your roof, it could indicate that your turbine needs to be lubricated or repaired. If your roof has damage from severe weather, it is very possible that your turbines will have damage, also. Fortunately, a qualified roofing contractor can make the repairs very easily.
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  1. Turbines are powered by mother nature, and use wind to incite the spinning action. This not only makes them in-expensive, but also helps increase the energy efficiency of your home. They are often used in conjunction with intake vents to properly vent your home.
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Part of maintaining the health of your home includes making sure that all roof elements function properly. If you notice moisture buildup in your attic, or hear a rattle from your roof, then your roof turbines may need to be inspected. Turbines are built to last, and unless they sustain significant damage should last the lifetime of your roof.

 

For more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net/
 

 





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