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Important Fire Safety Tips for Your Family and Home

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

It is an unfortunate statistic, but over 2500 people die every year from structure fires within their own homes. The main reasons for so many fatalities is lack of working smoke detectors and poor emergency planning. Fortunately, you can prepare your family for a fire emergency.

Your number one defense against a fire? Smoke detectors - they save lives! Incorporate a monthly fire detector check into your routine. Ensure that each detector functions properly and replace batteries a minimum of every 6 months. Many everyday items such as sofas, curtains, and rugs can combust easily, causing fire to spread rapidly through your home. If you can interconnect your smoke detectors, then do so. This allows every smoke detector to go off in unison, alerting everyone in your home to a fire.

Do a thorough walkthrough of your home to pre-plan escape routes. If you have an upstairs, invest in a collapsible hanging ladder and practice the escape with your children. Children should always be aware of fire safety rules, such as staying away from lit candles, active fireplaces, and lighters. Anything flammable should always be kept out of their reach. Regularly practice your emergency plan with every member of your family and also have a plan in place to protect your pets. You don’t want family members running back into a burning home for animals, so make sure that you plan ahead for your pets safety, too.

As a homeowner, there are other precautions you can take to avoid fire hazards in your home. Keep stacks of wood, and other combustibles away from your house. Make sure there are no oil soaked rags, gas cans or other flammables near lit fires such as hot water tanks. Also, don’t ignore the smell of natural gas. If you suspect your home may have a gas leak, call your natural gas company immediately.

Home fires can be deadly, but you can ensure your families safety with advance warning from smoke detectors and a solid family escape plan. Make sure to review your safety plan regularly so confusion and panic don’t overrule your pre-planned actions. Remember, practice = safety.

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Hail Storms? No Worries with an Impact-Resistant Roof!

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Do you cringe when a hail storm is headed your way? As Oklahomans, severe weather is nothing new, but that doesn't make the dent in our wallets any easier. High winds, hail, rain and flying debris can cause significant damage to our roofs, with some roofs being replaced several times during its predicted lifetime.

This is where impact resistant shingles come in. Impact-resistant shingles differ from ordinary shingles in that they are constructed of a rubberized, flexible, polymer layer that strengthens its ability to resist the force of impact. These types of shingles are rated Class 4, which is the highest rating a shingle can receive, and is the most resistant to damage.

What does this mean for you?

Less damage, cheaper home insurance and definitely fewer headaches. In fact, according to State Farm Insurance, you can receive up to a 28% discount on your homeowner's insurance with this type of roof. Incredible savings, especially with normal homeowner rates consistently on the rise. And now that impact-resistant roofing is becoming more mainstream, its price difference from normal roofing materials is minimal.

Keep in mind, this type of roofing isn’t foolproof - but it can reduce roof damage by up to 50%. It also has a 50-year or lifetime warranty available, a vast improvement over the typical 25-year warranty included with a normal roof.

So the next time spring rolls around, be prepared with an Impact-Resistant Roof from OK Roofing.

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Should You File a Claim for Your Roof Repairs?

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Roof repair can be costly, but the question is – do you file a claim? There is a tricky threshold for accepting an out of pocket expense for roof repairs versus having your insurance company take the brunt of the expense. Oftentimes, placing a home claim can cause your homeowner rates to increase, or worse cause your insurance company to drop your coverage. So you can either, have an estimate done by a roofing company to gage your potential expenses or take a chance with your insurance company.

Any repairs made on your home are an investment for its future, so while an out of pocket expense for your home is unexpected, yes, it is worthwhile. Especially, since leaks can cause major issues for your home such as mold, structural issues, and cosmetic damage. However, you will need to know your deductible amount and compare it against the cost of your roof repair. If your deductible is $1000 and your roof repair amounts to $1500, then by all means, pay for the repairs out of your pocket. It is worth keeping your insurance rates low, if at all possible. A good rule of thumb is to, first, have a reputable roofing company give you a damage estimate for your roof. If the repair cost comprises over 20% of the value of your roof then it might be worth making an insurance claim. After all, you have home owners insurance for a reason – to protect your home and sustain its value.

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5 Easy Steps to Help You Check for Roof Damage

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Hail, high winds, and intense heat can cause our roofs to take a beating, especially with Oklahoma’s extreme weather. As homeowners, we can’t afford to ignore needed roof repairs; this can be costly in the long run and cause long term problems for your home. But how do you know if your roof needs attention? Follow these five steps to help guide you through an initial damage assessment.

  • Safety first. As kids, climbing a ladder always seemed like fun, but as adults, we know better. Falling off of a roof or ladder can lead to broken bones and missed work. Don’t take chances with your safety by attempting to climb onto or walk your roof. IF you need to prop a sturdy ladder against the side of your home to get a quick visual, then fine, go for it. But try to avoid climbing onto your roof. The steep pitch can be deceiving, and shingles are slippery, even when dry. So leave the roof climbing to the professionals and keep your visual inspection at ground level.
  • So what should you look for? Your roof should lay flat, uniformed and appear even. Bowed shingles are a sign of damage, as are cracked, curled or missing shingles. Dents in the flashing around the chimney and other areas can be a sign of hail damage. This is also an indicator that there could be more hail damage throughout the roof. Try to remember when this damage may have occurred. Insurance companies often ask for dates of storm damage.
  • Start your visual inspection at one corner of your home and work your way completely around the home. Binoculars, or your cell phone camera will come in handy for your inspection. Zoom in and take pictures so that you can show the roofing company. Keep a notepad handy and write down any issues with the roof that you see. Also take note of any dangling or dented gutters.
  • Don’t forget to inspect the interior of your home for roof leaks, including the garage and attic. Walk through your home checking ceilings and the tops of walls. Is there any staining from water leaks? Have you noticed any drips in the past? If so, these are signs that your roof could have a leak from weather damage. Take note of any staining you may see.
  • Call a professional. This is by far, the most important thing you can do for your home. A reputable roofing contractor is trained to assess damage and suggest the proper roofing materials for your home. At OK Roofing, our staff is trained to perform an extensive assessment of your roof, including inspection of the flashing, sheathing and guttering. All of these areas can be damaged by Oklahoma weather and can cause long-term problems for your home and your wallet.

There is good news! Roof damage is repairable and if caught early enough will cause no further issues for your home. Repairing or replacing a roof doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank but it does need to be addressed quickly

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