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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

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/
 

 

Lightning Strikes – A Real and Present Danger

justin brotton - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Beautiful and deadly, lightning is one of nature’s most fascinating wonders. These majestic light shows light up the sky with their intricacy but also carry lethal charges that can wipe out scores of people in one strike. Such high-voltage strikes claim between 55 to 60 lives per year, while also injuring hundreds.

Most strikes occur in open areas such as golf courses, ball parks and fields. Your best bet for safety is to get indoors as quickly as possible. NEVER hide beneath a tree or near metal objects, as these can be dangerous electrical magnets. And don’t be deceived by the distance of a thunderstorm. A storm doesn’t have to be close to present a threat. A bolt of lightning can strike people up to 10 miles away from its storm source, and in rare cases, has been known to strike up to 50 miles away.

If you are in your car during an electrical storm, stay put, the rubber tires can ground a charge and keep you from being injured. However, you should avoid touching anything metal within the car until the storm passes.

If you are in doors, do not bath or shower and avoid anything inherently metal, such as pipes. It is also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a lightning strike, since dry conditions can prompt fires.

While thunderstorms also bring hail, rain and tornados, keep in mind that lightning is an ever present danger. Educate your family on storm safety and include lightening protection tips in your severe weather plans.

 

For more info go to http://www.okcshelters.net
 

Wood Posts or Steel Posts – Which Option is Better for Your Fence?

justin brotton - Monday, October 31, 2016

Weather, soil and time all take a toll on our fences, with most wood fencing having to be replaced several times during the lifetime of a house. With this in mind, a lot of homeowners’ question whether steel or wood posts are the better choice.

Wood posts do a better job of blending with the fence panel and provide a nicer, more cohesive look. They are more traditional and are able to withstand fairly severe weather. However, they can rot or breakdown as time marches on. As with any wood, sitting water can eat away at the post bottom and cause it to easily bend or break. You will also need to be aware of the acidity of your soil, because this can also erode the bottom of the post. As most wood posts have to be replaced at some point, you can bet that the fence panel is right on par with a replacement as well, since thinner wood planks wear faster.

Steel posts are actually more durable, and the chances of having to replace them every few years (like wood posts) are slim. These type posts are extremely resistant to standing water, and repeated rain. They also help the fence panel itself to stand up straighter, thus allowing you to get a longer lasting life from the panel. Metal posts cost a little more than their wood counterpart, but fortunately, their value return reaches much further.

Fencing is a worthwhile investment for your home, but it is not cheap. Labor makes up most of the cost of a fence, as well as the expense of good, quality materials. So with any home improvement, make sure you do your homework beforehand, and research a reputable fence company to get the most bang for your buck.

 

For more info please go to www.okcbackyard.com





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